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The original Watersons were Mike and his sisters Norma and Lal, with their second cousin John Harrison. That is the lineup heard on Early Days and most of Frost and Fire, classic recordings from the 1960s. After a period off the scene, the group re-emerged in 1973 with Harrison’s place filled by Martin Carthy; these are the Watersons of For Pence & Spicy Ale and Green Fields. In their power and rich texture the Watersons’ harmonies are unmatched in English folksinging.

The Watersons – Frost And Fire (vinyl reissue)


Originally released on Topic in 1965, ‘Frost And Fire : A Calendar Of Ritual And Magical Songs’ was the debut album by The Watersons, a fledgling folk group from Hull, Yorkshire. Comprised of Norma, Mike, and Lal (Elaine) Waterson, with [...]

The Watersons – Frost And Fire (vinyl reissue)2022-10-28T08:30:25+00:00

Lal Waterson plaque unveiled in Hull


Yesterday in Hull, the family of renowned folk singer Lal Waterson returned to the city for the unveiling of a plaque in her honour at her former home. Lal's two children, Marry and Oliver, sister Norma, niece Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy [...]

Lal Waterson plaque unveiled in Hull2021-09-06T09:20:26+00:00

The Watersons, Harry Boardman & Maureen Craik – New Voices


'New Voices' was a ground-breaking collection, one of the first albums to feature the younger generation singers of the mid 20th century British folk revival. The record featured the recording debuts of Maureen Craik and Harry Boardman alongside the Watersons' first recordings [...]

The Watersons, Harry Boardman & Maureen Craik – New Voices2021-02-10T10:54:01+00:00

The Watersons – Green Fields


Another masterful performance by the latter-day Watersons. Again, an original album by the full group has been supplemented with solo tracks by Mike and solo and duet tracks by Norma and Lal. In keeping with its title, the album focuses on songs [...]

The Watersons – Green Fields2019-10-28T11:15:44+00:00

The Watersons – Frost And Fire


The original classic album recorded in 1965 is now released in a re-designed package with extra photographs and with unbeatable remastered sound quality that makes it feel as though the group is in the room with you. Seasons of anxiety, seasons of [...]

The Watersons – Frost And Fire2019-10-28T10:18:35+00:00

The Watersons – Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy


For the first time on CD, the complete album as recorded in 1977 with Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy. Remastered for outstanding sound quality and presented in a redesigned digipack. On this record The Watersons give us a panorama [...]

The Watersons – Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy2019-11-05T14:06:11+00:00

The Watersons – For Pence And Spicy Ale


For pence and spicy ale introduced the "new" Watersons of the 1970s - when Martin Carthy joined the group. Two music papers judged it Folk Album of the Year in 1975 and, for many, it is the best album that The Watersons [...]

The Watersons – For Pence And Spicy Ale2019-11-07T15:01:58+00:00

Peter Bellamy – Both Side Then


Peter Bellamy's passions - from the great English traditional singers to the prisoners of Parchman Farm, the mountain music of the Appalachians, the Rolling Stones and especially the poems of Rudyard Kipling, were too wide-ranging to be tied to any one sort [...]

Peter Bellamy – Both Side Then2019-11-05T14:09:27+00:00

Various Artists – Blow The Man Down


Sea songs and shanties A treasure-chest of seafaring songs delivered by such fine inter-preters as Louis Killen, The Watersons, Bob Davenport, Ian Campbell and Cyril Tawney. The two dozen performances include some of the best-known of all British sea songs and shanties, [...]

Various Artists – Blow The Man Down2019-10-31T17:16:47+00:00

The Watersons – Early Days


Introducing these recordings on their first appearance in the mid-'60s A.L. Lloyd wrote of this new singing group's 'hand-crafted harmonies, an immediately recognisable and uniquely distinctive group sound which is uninhibited, spontaneous seeming and rich in texture.' What became of The Watersons [...]

The Watersons – Early Days2019-11-05T14:31:35+00:00
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