The Watersons

English singers of traditional and contemporary songs, most sung a capella.

(Martin Carthy has recorded with Waterson:Carthy, Steeleye Span, the Albion Band, Brass Monkey and solo)
(Norma Waterson (b 1939) has also recorded with Waterson:Carthy and solo)
(Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson and Martin Carthy have recorded with Blue Murder)
(Mike Waterson (b 1941) has also recorded solo)
(Lal Waterson (1943 - 1998) also recorded solo)

Original Studio Albums.

New Voices (5 tracks only)1965Topic  12T125 
Frost and Fire (LP)1965Topic 12T136
[Reissue on CD](*)  TopicTSCD136
The Watersons1966Topic 12T142
A Yorkshire Garland1966Topic 12T167
For Pence and Spicy Ale1975Topic 12TS265
[Reissue]1992 Topic TSCD462
Sound Sound Your Instruments Of Joy (LP)1977 Topic12TS346 
[issued as cassette]1977 TopicKTS346
[Reissue on CD]2007 Topic 
A Yorkshire Christmas2005 (**) WitchwoodWMCD 2029 
(* The CD version contains tracks from "Sound Sound Your Instruments of Joy").
(** Live recordings from about 1980)

Multi-volume Albums.

Early Days (*)1994 TopicTSCD472

(* 5 Tracks from "New Voices", 11 of the 12 tracks from "The Watersons" (omitting "The Plains of Mexico"), and 10 of the 14 tracks from "A Yorkshire Garland" (omitting "Morning Looks Charming", "Pretty Drummer Boy", "Sorry for the day I was Married" and "Yorkshire Tup")

Collaboration/ Tribute - Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Christy Moore, Blue Murder etc.

Title. year. Label. number.
Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal and Mike Waterson 2009 Topic ?


Title.year of release.Label.number.
Early Days1994TopicTSCD472
The Definitive2003 HighpointHPO 6004
Mighty River of Song (box) (4 CDs + 1 DVD)2004 Topic/ ProperTSFCD4002 

Best albums(*).

Title. year.
The Watersons1966
Sound Sound Your Instruments Of Joy1977
Mighty River of Song2004

(*) Based on critical opinion.

Popular downloads.

Dido Bendigo
Country Life
The Good Old Way
David's Lamentation
Souling Song
Christmas is Now Drawing Near at Hand

Anthology - Frankie Armstrong, Maddy Prior, Cyril Tawney, The Watersons, Peta Webb, A.L. Lloyd, Roy Bailey, Linda Adams, Peter Bellamy, Patti Reid, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Swan Arcade, June Tabor et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
Voices - English Traditional Songs 1992 Fellside FECD 87
[Reissue]1999 Musica PangaeaMP10004

Anthology - The Spinners, Johnny Handle, Stan Kelly, The Watersons, etc.

Title. year. Label. number.
Folk Song - An Anthology. Topic Sampler 2 1966Topic TPS 145 
Men At Work - An Anthology. Topic Sampler 3 1966Topic TPS 166

Anthology - The Watersons, Harry Cox, Barely Works, Billy Pigg, Coope Boyes and Simpson etc.

Title. year. Label. number.
A Rough Guide to English Roots Music1998 World Music Network ?

Album tracks.

New Voices. Released 2005. Recorded 1965. Anthology. The Watersons: Norma Waterson (vocals), Michael Waterson (vocals), Elaine Waterson (vocals), John Harrison (vocals)



1. Boston HarbourTradThe Watersons1:50
2. To The BeggingTradHarry Boardman 
3. The White CockadeTradMaureen Craik 
4. OwdhamTradHarry Boardman 
5. The Greenland Whale FisheryTradThe Watersons2:34
6. Hard TimesTradHarry Boardman 
7. The Sandgate Girl's LamentTradMaureen Craik 
8. Three Score and TenTradThe Watersons3:28
9. The Broom of CowdenknowesTradThe Watersons1:23
10. Bonny at MornTrad Maureen Craik  
11. The Hand Loom versus the Power LoomTradHarry Boardman 
12. A U Hinny BurdTradMaureen Craik 
13.The Shurat WeaverTradHarry Boardman 
14. King Arthur's ServantsTradThe Watersons1:12
15. The Weaver of WellbrookTradHarry Boardman 

The Watersons. Released 1966. Norma Waterson (vocals), Michael Waterson (vocals), Elaine Watersonn (vocals), John Harrison (vocals). There is a guitar on tracks 2, 4 and 5.



1. Dido, BendigoTraditional2:53
2. The North Country MaidTraditional2:31
3. Brave WoolfeTraditional4:27
4. The Jolly WaggonersTraditional2:53
5. I Am a RoverTraditional4:59
6. Fathom the BowlTraditional2:51
7. The Thirty-Foot TrailerEwan MacColl3:30
8. The Holmfrith AnthemTraditional1:58
9. Twanky-DilloTraditional3:38
10. The White Hare of HowdenTraditional 1:59
11. The Plains of MexicoTraditional?
12. All For Me GrogTraditional2:39

A Yorkshire Garland. Released 1966. Norma Waterson (vocals), Michael Waterson (vocals), Elaine Watersonn (vocals), John Harrison (vocals).



1. The Poacher's FateTraditional1:38
2. Morning Looks CharmingTraditional??
3. Pretty Drummer BoyTraditional?
4. The Tour of the DalesTraditional4:30
5. Willy Went to WesterdaleTraditional1:58
6. L'Anson's RacehorseTraditional3:14
7. The PloughboyTraditional3:03
8. The White CockadeTraditional3:36
9. Sorry for the day I was MarriedTraditional ?
10. Ye Noble SpectatorsTraditional 3:36
11. Stow BrowTraditional3:21
12. The Wanton Wife of CanongateTraditional1:41
13. Yorkshire TupTraditional?
14. The Whitby LadTraditional3:41

Early Days. Running time: 77 minutes 32 seconds. Released 1994. Norma Waterson (vocals), Michael Waterson (vocals), Elaine Waterson (vocals), John Harrison (vocals). Compilation of tracks from "New Voices" (1965), "The Watersons" (1966) and "A Yorkshire Garland" (1966). There is a guitar on tracks 8, 10 and 11.



1. Boston HarbourTrad1:50
2. The Greenland Whale FisheryTrad2:34
3. Three Score and TenTrad3:28
4. The Broom of CowdenknowesTrad1:23
5. King Arthur's ServantsTrad1:12
6.  Rap Her to Bank (*) Trad1:38
7. Dido, BendigoTrad2:53
8. The North Country MaidTrad2:31
9. Brave WoolfeTrad4:27
10. The Jolly WaggonersTrad2:53
11. I Am a RoverTrad4:59
12. Fathom the BowlTrad2:51
13. The Thirty-Foot TrailerEwan MacColl3:30
14. The Holmfrith AnthemTrad1:58
15. Twanky-DilloTrad3:38
16. The White Hare of HowdenTrad1:59
17. All For Me GrogTrad2:39
18. The Poacher's FateTrad1:38
19. The Tour of the DalesTrad4:30
20. Willy Went to WesterdaleTrad1:58
21. L'Anson's RacehorseTrad3:14
22. The PloughboyTrad3:03
23. The White CockadeTrad3:36
24. Ye Noble SpectatorsTrad3:36
25. Stow BrowTrad3:21
26. The Wanton Wife of CanongateTrad1:41
27. The Whitby LadTrad3:41
(* Previously unreleased. Recorded in 1966 at "Folk Union One", where The Watersons were residents).


Last updated on 01/09/2010