Martin Carthy


Generally available 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

28/11/2019Number 39 Hopstar Brewery TapDARWEN
06/12/2019Guildford Folk ClubGUILDFORD
13/12/2019Chesterfield Folk ClubCHESTERFIELD
17/12/2019Barbican CentreLONDON
24/01/2020Ashcroft Arts CentreFAREHAM
25/01/2020Forest Arts CentreNEW MILTON
14/02/2020Kalamazoo KlubLONDON
16/02/2020Lewes Con ClubLEWES
18/02/2020Dartford Folk ClubDARTFORD
20/02/2020The Globe InnGLOSSOP