Martin Carthy


Generally available 2020.

Now taking 2021 bookings.



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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

20/03/2020Norwich Folk ClubNORWICH
21/03/2020New ContinentalPRESTON
29/03/2020Laugharne Weekend FestivalLAUGHARNE
17/04/2020Folk Weekend OxfordOXFORD
25/04/2020Bridport Arts CentreBRIDPORT
26/04/2020Cafe OtoLONDON
02/05/2020Tooting Folk ClubLONDON
03/05/2020Rochester Sweeps FestivalROCHESTER
06/05/2020The HawthCRAWLEY
07/05/2020Chapel Arts CentreBATH
09/05/2020Hoy at Anchor 50th AnniversaryLEIGH ON SEA
16/05/2020Cambridge North Folk Song ProjectCAMBRIDGE
20/05/2020Eastbourne Lamb Folk ClubEASTBOURNE
21/05/2020Hyde TavernWINCHESTER
22/05/2020Hyde TavernWINCHESTER
23/05/2020Quay Arts CentreNEWPORT
29/05/2020Northwich Folk ClubNORTHWICH
31/05/2020Fire In The MountainABERYSTWYTH
12/06/2020Potteries Folk ClubBLYTHE BRIDGE
13/06/2020Etal Village HallCORNHILL-ON-TWEED
04/07/2020South Brent FolkSOUTH BRENT
08/07/2020Marlborough Town HallMARLBOROUGH
09/07/2020Torch TheatreMILFORD HAVEN
11/07/2020Rothbury Traditional Music FestivalROTHBURY
27/08/2020Whitby Folk WeekWHITBY