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MARTIN CARTHY ~ WAITING FOR ANGELS TSCD527

Waiting For Angels was a very long-awaited solo album from Martin Carthy, the previous one Signs of Life was six years before. This splendid album was produced by Eliza Carthy & Ben Ivitsky, sees Martin at the peak of his creativity and ability and the Carthy/Ivitsky production puts the music firmly in 21st century. Four of the tracks feature Martin solo, and on the remainder, he is marvellously and creatively backed by a number of great musicians. The album includes four instrumental tracks showcasing Martin’s unique skills – the title track itself is a Carthy composition. He also revisits the remarkable Famous Flower of Serving Men to produce the definitive version of this classic (his earlier recording was recorded back in 1972, nearly 30 years before.

“A remarkable album” A Folk Album of the Year 2004 ★★★★ Mojo
“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector end editor of them all….his guitar playing is stunning. The undisputed highlight is…Famous Flower of Serving Men.” Q Magazine
“As much of a landmark as anything he did in ….the sixties and seventies…the key track is Famous Flower of Serving Men…you hang on for dear life to every word as the horrific story of infanticide, evil and bloody revenge unfolds…..plenty of outstanding guitar.” fROOTS

1  The Foggy Dew
2  Bonny Woodhall
3  James Hatley
4  Young Morgan
5  The Royal Lament
6  A Ship To Old England Came
7  Waiting For Angels
8  Bold General Wolfe
9  Bloody Fields Of Flanders / MacGregor Of Rora
10  The Harry Lime Theme
11  Famous Flower Of Serving Men

Martin Carthy vocals, guitar
with
Donald Hay drums, percussion
Christine Hanson cello
Martin Simpson slide guitar
Paul Sartin oboe
Ben Ivitsky percussion, viola, trombone, creaking
Conrad Ivitsky double bass
Toby Shippey trumpet
Eliza Carthy fiddle, melodeon, octave fiddles and harmonium

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