Martin Carthy


Available for solo bookings in July and from Oct-Dec 2017.



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Lifetime Achievement Award – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

For more than 40 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

19/03/2017Cafe OtoLONDON
26/03/2017Walthamstow FolkLONDON
30/03/2017Huntingdon HallWORCESTER
07/04/2017Hull Truck Theatre (with The Gift Band)HULL
10/04/2017Midway Folk ClubSTOCKPORT
14/04/2017Lichfield GuildhallLICHFIELD
27/04/2017The DruidstoneHAVERFORDWEST
28/04/2017Everyman TheatreCHELTENHAM
29/04/2017Village FolkDERBY
20/05/2017House ConcertHUDDERSFIELD
23/05/2017Bath International Festival (with Sam Sweeney)BATH
25/05/2017Scilly Folk FestivalISLES OF SCILLY
17/06/2017The JunctionGOOLE
21/06/2017Dorking Folk ClubDORKING
24/06/2017Headon Village HallRETFORD
29/06/2017The Welly Folk ClubBILLINGHAM
06/07/2017The AtkinsonSouthport
09/07/2017What's Cookin'LONDON
11/08/2017Bodmin Folk ClubBODMIN
11/08/2017Sidmouth FolkWeek (with Sam Sweeney)SIDMOUTH
20/08/2017Folk EastWOODBRIDGE