Martin Carthy


Generally available 2018.



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Lifetime Achievement Award – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q Magazine

‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.’ The Telegraph

Tour Dates

24/06/2017Headon Village HallRETFORD
25/06/2017Leigh Folk FestivalLEIGH ON SEA
29/06/2017The Welly Folk ClubBILLINGHAM
06/07/2017The AtkinsonSouthport
09/07/2017What's Cookin'LONDON
14/07/2017Festival of ChichesterCHICHESTER
31/07/2017Folkworks Adult Summer SchoolDURHAM
11/08/2017Bodmin Folk ClubBODMIN
11/08/2017Sidmouth FolkWeek (with Sam Sweeney)SIDMOUTH
20/08/2017Folk EastWOODBRIDGE
25/08/2017Ramsgate FestivalRAMSGATE
27/08/2017Edinburgh Fringe at Queen's HallEDINBURGH
20/10/2017Music In Moretonhampstead DARTMOOR
21/10/2017The David HallSOUTH PETHERTON
27/10/2017The Hinckley ACTHINCKLEY
28/10/2017The Old ChapelALFRISTON