I have just heard that Mike Waterson passed away in the early hours of this morning at 3.00 a.m. Our love and thoughts go out to his family.
Mike’s singing voice is well known to anyone who has followed The Watersons through their history which began during the 1960’s English folk song revival. He was also an accomplished songwriter bringing originality to his work. His legacy lives on through his family and those he has inspired across the British Folk Scene, of whom there are many.
Recorded at the Liverpol Philharmonic Hall on Friday 2 October 2009, The Waterson Family are the first family of folk. This video is a rare chance to see the whole family performing together including Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson, Ann Waterson, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Eleanor Waterson and Rachel Straw, Maria Gilhooley, Oliver Knight and Saul Rose.
Mike Waterson: 16 January 1941 – 22nd June 2011
photo credit: Candy Schwartz