Martin Carthy


Generally available 2019.



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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

15/11/2018Sutton HouseLONDON
18/11/2018The Poppy Folk ClubNOTTINGHAM
22/11/2018Blue Sky CafeBANGOR
23/11/2018The CellarCARDIGAN
25/11/2018TwickFolk at The Cabbage Patch PubTWICKENHAM
26/11/2018The BoileroomGUILDFORD
28/11/2018Folk At The Malt HouseRISHWORTH
07/12/2018Roots Music ClubDONCASTER
08/12/2018SticklebarnGREAT LANGDALE
12/12/2018The Nether Edge Folk ClubSHEFFIELD
11/01/2019Blaxhall Village HallBLAXHALL
12/01/2019Brighton Toy and Model MuseumBRIGHTON
25/01/2019Bacca Pipes Folk ClubKEIGHLEY
26/01/2019Edge Hill Arts CentreORMSKIRK
22/02/2019Southwark CathedralLONDON
22/03/2019The Marlowe StudioCANTERBURY
23/03/2019Cellar Upstairs Folk ClubLONDON
19/04/2019Valley Folk ClubSWANSEA