Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy
Nominated ‘Best Album’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015
Lifetime Achievement Award – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform an eclectic range of songs and tunes from their vast family repertoire, drawing from the traditional canon as well as selections from a more contemporary songbook. Since their Topic Records album release, The Elephant, in 2014, this duo format has gone from strength to strength, allowing each artist to showcase their unique individual musical talents, as well as highlighting their symbiotic bond, with instinctive and sensitive arrangements and accompaniment for each other.
Martin Carthy is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced generations of artists, including Bob Dylan – with whom he shared an 80th birthday celebration in May 2021 – and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.
“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all” Q Magazine
Eliza Carthy, who marks her 30th year as a professional musician in 2022, is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over her career to date, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-bending performances.
’Eliza Carthy is one of the figureheads of the English folk revival … compelling’ – Evening Standard
‘A gloriously natural singer’ – Q magazine
‘Seriously impressive’ – Telegraph
‘…brave and anything but predictable’ **** 4 Stars The Guardian
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