When one is the son of Lal Waterson, it's a good chance that music will be your vocation. For Oliver Knight, it was no different. Raised on a "folk commune" in Hull, England, Knight took up playing guitar at the age of 13. As his mother performed with various relatives in different folk groups, Knight grew to love blues and rock, and his passion became forming and performing in various bands. After meeting with Alice Kinloch, Jo Freya, and Andy Cutting, a new band called Tannteka was formed. But Knight's best work was behind the scenes as a trained engineer. Working with everyone from Chumbawamba to his cousin Eliza Carthy on Heat Light & Sound, Knight brought an innate quality and musical ear to each of these sessions.
After Waterson and Knight performed "Midnight Feast" for a No Masters Co-operative sampler, the mother and son decided to record together. In 1996, Once in a Blue Moon was released to widespread acclaim. Waterson's vocals perfectly fit Knight's guitar arrangements. In 1998, A Bed of Roses was released by the duo but, sadly, Waterson passed away in 1998.
In 2002, Knight released his debut solo effort, Mysterious Day, on Topic Records. Four years later he joined the band Van Eyken; he recorded and co-produced the album Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves with them. In 2007 he and James Yorkston co-coordinated the BBC-produced stage show A Tribute to Lal Waterson, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall. As part of that show, he performed with sister Marry Waterson, and the pair began singing and touring together. Their first album, The Days That Shaped Me, was released in 2011. Their second offering, Hidden, was issued in the fall of 2012. ~ Jason MacNeil, Rovi