Martin Carthy


Generally available 2019/2020.



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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

27/06/2019Chapel Arts CentreBATH
28/06/2019Aberystwyth Arts CentreABERYSTWYTH
29/06/2019Victoria HallLAMPETER
06/07/2019Davy Lamp Folk ClubWASHINGTON
12/07/2019The Kirkgate CentreCOCKERMOUTH
14/07/2019Ely Folk FestivalELY
17/07/2019Faversham Folk ClubFAVERSHAM
19/07/2019Towcester Mill BreweryTOWCESTER
20/07/2019The Oval TavernCROYDON
23/07/2019Dartford Folk ClubDARTFORD
26/07/2019Campfire ClubLONDON
04/08/2019Wickham FestivalWICKHAM
05/08/2019The Sidmouth Folk FestivalSIDMOUTH
10/09/2019Wardrobe TheatreBRISTOL
13/09/2019Watford Folk ClubWATFORD
24/09/2019The CrescentYORK
29/09/2019Deepdale Music FestivalDEEPDALE