Norma Waterson is one of the great voices of English song. From her recordings in the early 60s with family band The Watersons, the Yorkshire-born singer has long represented a paradigm of authenticity – which doesn’t mean she can’t bring the same integrity to a Tom Waits tune that she gives to an old English folk song. ‘Anchor’ is the second full-length release from Norma and her daughter Eliza Carthy, recorded live in a chapel in the family’s home town, Yorkshire’s Robin Hood’s Bay. With a full, rousing band, ‘Anchor’ is as steadfast and timeless as its title implies. Not that it is a record of ancient lore: it is a broadminded, spellbinding and often surprising collection of songs, celebrating the influences on the family and their friends.