Martin Carthy

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For more than 30 years Martin Carthy has been the most visible, versatile and, at times, controversial figure in English folk music. Whether in the folk club, on the concert stage or in a TV studio, there are few roles he has not played, from ballad singer to folk-rock guitarist. While his settings of traditional songs with guitar have influenced a generation of performers, he is also an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Singer of the Year in 2002 and 2005

Martin Carthy debut re-issued on LP


In the early 1960s, the approach Martin Carthy took to folk music was nothing short of revolutionary, albeit a relatively quiet revolution befitting of his humble nature. You wouldn’t find Carthy’s music clambering up the singles charts; his was not [...]

Martin Carthy debut re-issued on LP2023-12-08T11:59:56+00:00

Martin Carthy


50th anniversay vinyl edition of Martin Carthy's debut album. First released in 1965 this record has been an enduring influence, capturing the most creative folksong interpreter of his generation early in his career. His singing and guitar-playing have been imitated wherever the [...]

Martin Carthy2019-10-24T16:02:44+00:00

Martin & Eliza Carthy – The Moral of the Elephant


2014 fROOTS Critics Poll Album of the Year It's nearly 50 years since Martin Carthy recorded his iconic, eponymous first album and more than 20 years since his daughter Eliza Carthy's recording debut. Throughout their respective careers both have toured and recorded with many others [...]

Martin & Eliza Carthy – The Moral of the Elephant2021-01-22T14:17:36+00:00

Various Artists – Shining Bright


In 1972 Mike & Lal Waterson released an extraordinary album of their original songs - Bright Phoebus - on Bill Leader's Trailer label. This magical collection of very English songwriting as long been acknowledged a classic and one of the finest achievements [...]

Various Artists – Shining Bright2019-10-24T09:42:10+00:00

Martin Carthy – Essential


For nearly fifty years Martin Carthy has been one of the most persistent and dedicated practitioners of English traditional music. He has been an essential figure in most of the significant developments in folk music during that time. To chronicle his career [...]

Martin Carthy – Essential2019-10-25T11:37:46+00:00

Martin Carthy – A Collection


Drawn from Martin's first six albums (TSCD340-345) this specially priced collection is the perfect introduction to this unique figure and his early recording career. 1  The Trees They Do Grow High 2  Lord Franklin 3  The Bloody Gardener 4  Poor Murdered Woman [...]

Martin Carthy – A Collection2019-11-08T09:26:34+00:00

Martin Carthy – Signs Of Life


Perhaps only Martin Carthy would open a folk album with a Bee Gees songs, let alone continue with pieces from Elvis Presley, Hoagy Carmichael and Bob Dylan, mixed in with such timeless traditional songs as Sir Patrick Spens and The Wife of [...]

Martin Carthy – Signs Of Life2019-10-28T11:22:18+00:00

Waterson:Carthy – Broken Ground


The great family tradition returns to record their third album, this time as a four piece, with Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy joined by Saul Rose on melodeons and voice. The extended line-up results in a jewel of an album. [...]

Waterson:Carthy – Broken Ground2020-11-30T14:23:15+00:00

Dave Swarbrick – Rags, Reels & Airs


A lost classic, first released in 1967 and immediately recognised as a recording landmark. Rags, Reels & Airs focuses solely on Dave Swarbrick and it finally gave him a chance to really stretch out and demonstrate his leading instrumental prowess. The result [...]

Dave Swarbrick – Rags, Reels & Airs2019-10-28T10:34:49+00:00

Martin Carthy – Waiting For Angels


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 [...]

Martin Carthy – Waiting For Angels2020-11-30T14:32:21+00:00

Brass Monkey – Going & Staying


Another fine recording from this unique powerhouse band. "Going and Staying" features the band's Deep English sound. Unique instrumentation and their approach to folk music give Brass Monkey an instantly recognisable sound and presence. For many of the tracks, the lineup expands [...]

Brass Monkey – Going & Staying2019-11-05T15:22:12+00:00

Waterson:Carthy – A Dark Light


Another outstanding collection from Waterson:Carthy England's leading folk group. The core trio of Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy are joined by new member Tim van Eyken on vocals and melodeons. Also contributing to the album are Martin Simpson on guitar, [...]

Waterson:Carthy – A Dark Light2020-11-30T14:37:40+00:00
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