Review: Martha Wainwright

Review: Jesus and Mary! What a set, and some schoolmarm sass thrown in for good measure.

Stage: The Park

Time: Friday, 6:50pm

Dress code: Martha's in a thigh-skimming dusky pink number over leopardskin leggings (very rock and roll) with a black vest and a ponytail on top (for a little schoolmarm sass).

In summary: Fantastic solo set from the hugely underrated and greatest talent of the Wainwright clan. Full of incredible songs, old and new, that come straight from the big dark heart of American songwriting.

Highlight: Her quick-fire repartee and the fabulous Factory are heart-warmers, but Jesus and Mary, a new song with audience participation thrown in, is extraordinary.

Lowlight: None - the whole set is a delight.

Unusual occurrences: Martha breaking off mid-song to ask the cameraman, very sweetly, to go backstage and retrieve her pint.

Mark out of 10: 10

Where they'll be in next year's lineup: If there was any justice in the world, headlining the Other Stage on Saturday (more likely: mid-afternoon Friday on the Pyramid Stage).

Will be talking about this until: Next year's show. Or those lucky enough to be her will be anyway.


Jude Rogers

The GuardianTramp

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