Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Carthy
Widely considered one of the most significant figures to have emerged from the British folk revival of the 1960s, inpiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon
Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.
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” was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.
“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all.”
“Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.”