We are heartbroken, along with the whole folk scene, that long-time friend and supporter of The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Norma Waterson has died. Her voice was one of the greats of the English folk tradition, and her soul shone when she sang – arms wide open. She will be much missed by our whole community, but her legacy will live on. Our love and thoughts are with her husband, and Sidmouth Festival Patron, Martin Carthy and her daughter, Eliza and family.

(Photo: Martin and Norma busking outside Carinas in Sidmouth back in 1989).