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This was the last song to be recorded for the album (bonus tracks not included). Madam's Sukie Smith had heard about the Odetta tribute on the grapevine and was keen to take part. No Odetta tribute could really be complete without a version of 'Waterboy', and it just so happened to be one of Sukie's favourites, so things went from there. Madam fans may be surprised by how stripped back and different 'Waterboy' is from the songs to be found on Sukie's debut album In Case Of Emergency. Delivered with a powerful vocal that's a cappella in parts and buoyed by only an acoustic guitar in others, it shows a whole other side to her talents.

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from Beautiful Star: The Songs Of Odetta, track released November 30, 2009
Sukie Smith – vocals, acoustic guitar

Recorded by John Robertson at Spirit Cabinet Studios, London. Produced by Sukie Smith and John Robertson.

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