Brian Watson was born in the 1930s into a Northumbrian musical family - his mother played piano, zither and mandolin and his father was a Burns enthusiast who also sang songs by the famous Co Durham pitman poet Tommy Armstrong. When his family returned home after several years in Australia and New Zealand he started singing at his local folk club in Prudhoe. His place in the folk tradition was recognised when he entered and won the singing competition at the annual Morpeth Gathering in the early 1970s. He has recorded several CDs including Where Ivvor heh thi gone? made with the assistance of several noted Tyneside musicians including Colin Ross and Johnny Handle.