Renowned British folk singer Norma Waterson has died, aged 82, following a long illness. Her daughter, the musician Eliza Carthy, announced her mother's passing via social media.

Acknowledged by the New York Times as "the royal family of British folk music", Norma, joined by her brother Mike and sister Lal, formed folk group The Watersons in the 1960s, winning critical acclaim for their take on the traditional folk repertoire.

Watterson's husband Martin Carthy joined the group in the 1970s, and the duo later joined their daughter Eliza, an acclaimed artist in her own right, in folk trio Watterson-Carthy, while reuniting with the extended Waterson clan for occasional concert performances.

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Her eponymously titled solo debut Norma Waterson was released in 1996, winning a Mercury Prize nomination, and Waterson remained a prolific performer well into her seventies. The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Folk Awards in 2016, her final album, Anchor, was released in 2018.

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The extended folk community worldwide have been celebrating Waterson's life and music, with RTÉ DJs John Creedon and John Kelly among many paying tribute online.