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

01/06/2018High Forest Community CentreALLENDALE
02/06/2018House ConcertHUDDERSFIELD
05/06/2018Chapel Arts CentreBATH
07/06/2018The Trooper InnSTURMINSTER NEWTON
09/06/2018St Neots Folk FestivalST NEOTS
16/06/2018Fastnet Maritime and Folk FestivalBALLYDEHOB (Ireland)
30/06/2018Ropery HallBARTON UPON HUMBER
03/07/2018Ammanford Miners' TheatreAMMANFORD
13/07/2018Kalamazoo KlubLONDON
14/07/2018Lewes Saturday Folk ClubLEWES
17/07/2018Hoy at AnchorWESTCLIFF-ON-SEA
08/08/2018Sidmouth FolkWeekSIDMOUTH
02/09/2018Moseley Folk FestivalBIRMINGHAM
08/09/2018Bermondsey Folk FestivalLONDON
21/09/2018Chiddingly Arts FestivalEASTBOURNE
29/09/2018Llŷn Acoustic Guitar FestivalPWLLHELI
16/10/2018Good Intent Folk ClubROCHESTER
18/11/2018The Poppy Folk ClubNOTTINGHAM
28/11/2018Folk At The Malt HouseRISHWORTH
07/12/2018Roots Music ClubDONCASTER