Marry Waterson

“Gorgeous, compelling, subtly arranged folk fables” UNCUT

“I sing my songs into existence.”

Marry Waterson doesn’t play any instruments. Neither does she sit at a computer screen, using state-of-the-art technology to recreate the music that appears in her head. Rather, words appear, phrased in a way that suggests music. With melody comes rhythm. Only then does she pick up her tape machine or iPhone and sing them so that her fellow musicians can hear what she hears. And perhaps something more.

As with her mother, the late Lal Waterson, Marry’s interior playground is a place where real life is refracted through the myths, legends and proverbs that shape what (referring to his own music) Van Morrison once termed the “folk memory”. Inscriptions on headstones; Aesop’s Fables; Japanese superstitions – all of these have their part to play.

It’s not just her tunes she sings into existence. It’s a whole world.

Marry Waterson is a singer, songwriter and visual artist who (at the age of twelve) made her recording debut  on her mother Lal and aunt Norma Waterson’s album A True Hearted Girl. Marry has since sang on numerous Watersons and Waterson-Carthy recordings and has often performed live with her family.

In 2001 Waterson signed to One Little Indian Records releasing her first album as a duo with her brother Oliver Knight. Eliza Carthy, Kathryn Williams and James Yorkston all contributed to the album The Days that Shaped me, which was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. “Has the potential to become a lifelong companion, It’s that good” 5/5 The Independent

This was followed a year later by Hidden “A brilliant new chapter in the family legend” **** Uncut

After working with Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley in 2013 Marry joined forces with David A. Jaycock in 2015 for Two Wolves, a record produced by Neill MacColl and Kate St John, featuring Kami Thompson. The Guardian called it “Marry’s finest album to date” **** Q Magazine described it as “A gorgeously simple and direct record…holds up a light to the blackest of winter nights” **** Two Wolves was nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

In 2017 Marry and David released Death has Quicker Wings than Love produced by Adrian Utley’s Portishead. Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers),  Kathryn Williams, Emma Smith and John Parish all contributed to the album.

Praise for Death had Quicker Wings than Love:

“A compelling new Brit folk triumph” **** Q MAGAZINE 

“Darkly Magical Folk” ****THE GUARDIAN

THE OBSERVER ****

RECORD COLLECTOR ****

 

“Her finest album to date.” ****THE GUARDIAN

“’Two Wolves’ is more than two fine English folk dynasties meeting. This is proper song brainfood.” *****fROOTS 

“A more ambiguous trajectory than before, bringing ‘Two Wolves’ into line with the psych-folk lineage of the late 1960s. Most attractive.” ****INDEPENDENT on SUNDAY

 “Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.” **** METRO

“A quiet treat for folk fans.” THE ARTS DESK

“A gorgeously simple and direct record…holds up a light to the blackest of winter nights.” **** Q MAGAZINE