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Norma Waterson

English folk musician

Norma Waterson is ...


Born 15 August 1939 in Kingston upon Hull
Died 30 January 2022
Age 82 years, 5 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Birth name Norma Christine Waterson
Sibling Mike Waterson and Lal Waterson
Spouse Martin Carthy
Child Eliza Carthy
Occupation traditional folk singer
Instrument voice
Awards Member of the Order of the British Empire
Genre traditional folk music
Member of The Watersons and Waterson:Carthy

About Norma Waterson

Norma Waterson is a legendary figure in the English folk music scene. Born on August 15, 1939, in Hull, England, she grew up in a musical family and began performing at a young age. In the 1960s, she became a key member of the influential folk group The Watersons, alongside her brother Mike and sister Lal.

Over the years, Norma has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and her daughter Eliza Carthy. She has also released several acclaimed solo albums, including "Bright Shiny Morning" and "The Very Thought of You."

Norma's voice is a thing of wonder, with a rich, expressive tone that can convey both joy and sorrow with equal power. Her songs often deal with themes of love, loss, and the struggles of everyday life, and her performances are always deeply emotional and heartfelt.

Despite her many achievements, Norma remains humble and grounded, always putting the music first. As she once said in an interview, "I don't think of myself as a star or anything like that. I'm just a singer, and I love to sing."

Norma's influence on the folk music world cannot be overstated. She has inspired countless musicians over the years, and her legacy continues to grow with each passing year. For anyone who loves folk music, Norma Waterson is a true icon and a living legend.


- "Norma Waterson: The Voice of English Folk Music." The Guardian, 11 Feb. 2018,

- "Norma Waterson: The Queen of English Folk Music." BBC News, 13 Feb. 2018,

- "Norma Waterson: The Voice of English Folk." Folk Radio UK, 14 Feb. 2018,

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