> The Watersons > Compilations and Collaborations

The Watersons - Compilations and Collaborations

This is a list of recordings with Watersons tracks or participation by Waterson family members.

EPs and singles

Various Artists, The Folksound of Britain, EP, HMV 7EG 8911, 1965
The Watersons sing Holbeck Moor Cockfight

Lal and Mike Waterson: Rubber Band / Red Wine and Promises, single, Transatlantic 507, 1972

Richard & Linda Thompson, Don't Renege on Our Love, single, Hannibal HNS 703, 1982
The Watersons sing backing vocals.


Various Artists, The Folksound of Britain, LP, HMV CLP 1910, 1965
The Watersons sing The Ploughboy
Various Artists, New Voices, Topic 12T125, 1965
five tracks by The Watersons

Various Artists, Folk Songs: An Anthology, LP, Topic Sampler 2, TPS145, 1966

Various Artists, Men at Work, LP, Topic Sampler 3, TPS166, 1966

Various Artists, Folk Songs: A Collection of Ballads & Broadsides, LP, Topic Sampler 6, TPS201, 1970

Various Artists, Sea Songs and Shanties, LP, Topic Sampler 7, TPS205, 1971

Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band, No Roses, LP, Pegasus PEG 7, 1971
Lal and Mike Waterson sing on The White Hare
Various Artists, Electric Muse: The Story of Folk into Rock, 4LP, Island / Transatlantic Folk 1001, 1975
one track by Mike and Lal Waterson, Magical Man from Bright Phoebus

Various Artists, Kertalg 74, LP, Barclay BAR 90 011, 1975

Various Artists, Folkfestival '76 Dranouter, LP, Parsifal 2000 181, 1976

Peter Bellamy, The Transports, 2LP, Free Reed 021/022, 1977
Seven tracks with The Watersons, including I Once Lived in Service, sung by Norma Waterson, Sweet Loving Friendship (Mike and Norma), The Black and Bitter Night (Mike), The Green Fields of England (Peter Bellamy and Dolly Collins, with Mike and Norma backup), and The Still and Silent Ocean (Mike and Norma).

Various Artists, 6. Folk-Festival auf der Lenzburg, 2 LPs, VoxPop 4005/6, 1977

Peter Bellamy, Both Sides Then, LP, Topic 12TS400, 1979
The Watersons sing on The Lord Will Provide, Long Time Travelling, When I Die, and Amazing Grace.

Various Artists, The Good Old Way, LP, Topic TPSS412, 1980

Richard & Linda Thompson, Shoot Out the Lights, Hannibal HNBL 1303, 1982
The Watersons sing backing vocals on Man in Need, Back Street Slide, and Don't Renege on Our Love.

Various Artists, Sounds of Yorkshire, LP, Yorkshire HAR 844, 1985

The Mrs Ackroyd Band, Oranges and Lemmings, cassette/CD, Mrs Ackroyd Records DOG 007, 1990

Various Artists, Hard Cash, LP/CD, Special Delivery SPD 1027, 1990

Peter Bellamy, Both Sides Then, Fledgling FLE 1002, 1992


The Holme Valley Tradition, Will's Barn, cassette, EFDSS VWML 002, 1987

Various Artists, From the Humber to the Tweed, cassette, Whitby Folk Week, WFW 25, 1991

Various Artists, The Transports at Whitby, cassette, RED 011, 1993
A memorial concert for Peter Bellamy with Eliza, Martin, Norma


Les Barker, Some Love, CD, Mrs Ackroyd Records DOG 009, 1992

Various Artists, Voices: English Traditional Songs CD, Fellside FECD87, 1992

Coope Boyes & Simpson, Funny Old World, CD, No Masters NMCD3, 1993

A.L. Lloyd, Ballades et Shanties, Armen SCM 030

Various Artists, Blow the Man Down, CD, Topic TSCD464

The Mrs Ackroyd Band, Gnus and Roses, CD, Mrs Ackroyd Records DOG 010, 1994

Various Artists, No Masters (Voice), CD, No Masters NMCD4, 1994

Various Artists, Out on the Rolling Sea, CD, Hokey Pokey 2004.2, 1994

Various Artists, Troubadours of British Folk, Vol. 1, CD, Rhino R2 72160, 1995

Various Artists, English & Scottish Folk Ballads, CD, Topic TSCD480, 1996

Various Artists, New Electric Muse: The Story of Folk into Rock, 3CD, Castle Music ESBCD 416, 1996

Various Artists, The Season Round, CD, Topic TSCD700, 1996
Twelve Watersons tracks

Various Artists, The Voice of Folk, CD, Topic TSCD705, 1996

Various Artists, New Electric Muse, Volume 2, 3CD, Castle Music ESBCD 517, 1997

Various Artists, The Rough Guide to English Roots Music, World Music Network, RGNET 1018 CD, 1998

Various Artists, Round Cape Horn: Traditional Songs of Sailors, Ships and the Sea, CD, Topic TSCD499, 1998
featuring Ewan MacColl, A. L. Lloyd, Mike Waterson, The Watersons, Frankie Armstrong, Roy Harris, Louis Killen, Peter Bellamy and Cyril Tawney
Various Artists, Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous: The Songs of Elvis Costello, CD, WEA/Atlantic/Rhino, ca. 1998.
Norma Waterson sings on track 17, The Birds Will Still Be Singing.
Peter Bellamy, Wake the Vaulted Echoes, 3CD compilation of his work, Free Reed FRTCD14, 1999
The Watersons sing on The Green Fields of England from The Transports (1977), on Long Time Travelling from Both Sides Then (1979) and on Shallow Brown, recorded in 1983, previously unreleased.
Various Artists, English Originals, CD, Topic TSCD706, 1999
This compilation celebrates Topic Records' sixtieth birthday. includes five tracks by or including Waterson family members.
Various Artists, The Folk Collection, 2 CD, Topic TSCD707/8, 1999
This compilation also celebrates Topic Records' sixtieth birthday. includes eleven tracks by or including Waterson family members.

Various Artists, The Wings of Butterflies, CD, Mrs Ackroyd Records DOG 013, 1999

Various Artists, And We'll All Have Tea… English Folk Anthology, 2 CD, Proper / Retro R2CD 40-106, 2000

Various Artists, Tanz- & Folkfest Rudolstadt 2000, CD, HeiDeck HD20005, 2000

Various Artists, Voices in Harmony: English Traditional Songs, CD, Fellside FECD158, 2001

Various Artists, The Folk Awards, CD, Topic TSCD850, 2001
includes Waterson:Carthy's Raggle Taggle Gypsies and Norma Waterson' The Flower of Sweet Strabane
Various Artists, A Woman's Voice: First Person Singular, CD, Topic TSCD521, 8 October 2001
includes five tracks by and/or including Waterson family members.
Various Artists, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, compilation CD, Rounder 11661-7042-2, 2001
includes The Ditchling Carol from Waterson:Carthy's Broken Ground
Coope Boyes & Simpson, Twenty-Four Seven, CD, No Masters NMCD20, 2002
includes two songs by Mike Waterson.
Various Artists, The Acoustic Folk Box, 4CD, Topic TSFCD 4001, 2002
includes eight tracks by and/or including Waterson family members.
Various Artists, Heart of England Volume Two, 2CD, Teenage Cancer Trust TCTCD 102/103, 2002
Waterson:Carthy sing a previously unreleased live version of Black Muddy River

Various Artists, Song Links: A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and Their Australian Variants, 2 CD, Fellside FECD176D, 2003

Various Artists Evolving Tradition 4, CD, Mrs Casey MCRCD4002, 2004

Various Artists Folk Festival Sidmouth, 2 CD, Gott Disks GOTTBOX 011, 2004

Various Artists The English Collection: A Definitive Collection of Classic English Folk Music, CD, Highpoint HPO6010, 2004

Various Artists, Never the Same: Leave-Taking from the British Folk Revival 1970-1977, CD, HJRCD19, 2005

Various Artists, Rubber Folk, CD, Gott GOTTCD035, 2006

Various Artists, Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records, 7 CD, Topic TOPIC70, 2009


Derrick Knight (director), Travelling for a Living, video, 1966
This video was reissued on DVD in 2004 as part of the Watersons anthology Mighty River of Song.
Ken Russell (dir. and starring), In Search of English Folk Music, film, 1998
The film was broadcast Channel 4 in the UK 31 August 1998, and in Australia on SBS in November 1998. Liza and the Kings of Calicutt are seen performing at the 1997 Cropredy Festival, and Martin, Norma, Liza and Saul Rose sing Stars in My Crown in a country churchyard.


Many thanks to David Suff especially, whose work this page is based on - and also to Greer Gilman and Bob Hudson. Also to Alan St Paul.