Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Traditional English and some contemporary folk
Most recent releases, Martin Carthy at Ruskin Mill (live, 2005), Straws in the Wind (with Dave Swarbrick, 2006); most recent solo studio album, Waiting for Angels (2004)
Topic Records' Martin Carthy Page
Silly Sisters, Steeleye Span without the rock instrumentation, the stripped-down side of Cordelia's Dad. (Neile)
Traditional British folksongs
Martin Carthy is from a long line of traditional folksingers, but his work has a liveliness and complexity that defies its simple instrumentation (actually, I hesitate to call his fine guitar work "simple" as he's an impressive musician). I love the way he presents traditional folk with his brilliant guitar work and his expressive voice. He has been recording since the 1960s. He is a former member of several groups, including Steeleye Span and The Watersons, and also currently tours with his wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy as Waterson:Carthy, but he also frequently tours and records solo or with fiddle player Dave Swarbrick. Topic Records has re-released his earlier recordings on cd in Britain (they appear fairly frequently in the U.S. in import and world music sections).
Comments about live performance:
I've seen Martin Carthy perform live many times, frequently with Dave Swarbrick. His expressive voice and fine guitar work is always a delight, and he's relaxed and fun on stage. Highly recommended. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
Any—all are good. A Collection may be the best place to start, while The Carthy Chronicles is definitely for the collector, though it would serve as a great introduction as well for someone who wanted a larger selection. As far as the individual collections goes, I am particularly fond of Second Album and Right of Passage, though Prince Heathen and Crown of Horn may be the most famous. The song that always gets stuck in my head, though, is the title track from Byker Hill—come to think of it, that whole album is especially delightful, too. (Neile)
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick:
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