Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy & Chris Parkinson

19 March 2010

Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Chris ParkinsonDespite the fact that we had already had Martin at the Goose in various incarnations (solo, with Dave Swarbrick and as part of Brass Monkey), as soon as we saw these three live we knew we had to book them!

And how glad we were that we did – of all the amazing gigs we’ve had, this has to have been one of the best. What a night!

For more than 30 years Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy have been at the forefront of the English folk scene. Joined by their long time friend Chris Parkinson they perform fantastic traditional songs and music in a way only they know how.

Martin Carthy is a much loved and enormously influential figure in English folk music and has been for over 40 years. He has appeared and recorded solo, as a duo with fiddler Dave Swarbrick, and as part of bands The Watersons, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey and Blue Murder.

Norma Waterson is one of the country’s finest, most emotive singers with her wonderfully compassionate voice and another BBC Folk Award recipient. Norma is a founder member of groundbreaking harmony group The Watersons. Apparently sometimes described as “The Folk Beatles” (it says here). Eh?

Chris Parkinson has played music since the age of 5, starting with the harmonica and developing into a long career playing in various bands. Other instruments he has accomplished (I’m sure that’s not the right word but hey, that’s what it says here!) include the piano, guitar, concertina, tin whistle, melodeon, piano, accordion and keyboard – and he even finds time to play the fiddle. He has worked with a number of people from the folk scene and beyond, including Ralph Mactell, Steve Philips and Billy Connolly.


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