Martin Carthy


Generally available 2021 and 2022. Celebrating his 80th Birthday this May!



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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

16/09/2021New ContinentalPRESTON
25/09/2021Hoy at Anchor 50th AnniversaryLEIGH ON SEA
04/10/2021White Horse Folk ClubBEVERLEY
13/10/2021Words and Music FestivalNANTWICH
14/10/2021Lyceum Folk ClubNEWPORT
15/10/2021Valley Folk ClubSWANSEA
11/11/2021Lewes Con ClubLEWES
13/11/2021The Trooper InnSTURMINSTER NEWTON
15/11/2021The HawthCRAWLEY
26/11/2021The Brewhouse TheatreTAUNTON
27/11/2021Brighton Toy and Model MuseumBRIGHTON
27/11/2021Green NoteLONDON
03/12/2021Quay Arts CentreNEWPORT (Isle of Wight)
01/12/2021Cafe OtoLONDON
03/12/2021Quay Arts CentreNEWPORT
04/12/2021Bridport Arts CentreBRIDPORT
08/12/2021Black Swan Folk ClubYORK