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Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy

Martin Carthy / Eliza Carthy / Richard Pearson

In Conversation & In Concert

An exclusive event for Big Ideas By The Sea
Old Parcels Office, Sunday 18th July 2021, 4:30pm
Ticket Price: £15.00 (+ Booking Fee)
Livestream Option: £7.50

Chaired by Richard Pearson from Radio Scarborough this unique event will explore the musical heritage, influences and legacy of a family considered to be musical royalty within the traditional and contemporary folk world.

Martin – who famously inspired Paul Simon and Bob Dylan to explore English Folk music – will talk about his life and work over the last 50 years. Eliza will also chat about her life within a musical family and her own musical ambitions within the folk world.  Richard will also try to tease out through untold stories, anecdotes and reflection their thoughts of life on the road, their musical ambitions and hopes for the future. This will be an interview, a Q&A and then a performance. 

About the people

Martin Carthy MBE, (born 21 May 1941) is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music. 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 figures. 

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.

‘Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’. Q Magazine

‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers’. The Telegraph

Eliza Carthy MBE, (born 23 August 1975) is an English folk musician known for both singing and playing the fiddle. She is the daughter of English folk musicians, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. Eliza was raised in Yorkshire, England. Her mother, aunt, and uncle were all members of The Watersons, generally regarded as England’s first family of folk. Eliza also performed as part of Waterson-Carthy and Blue Murder, as well as leading several of her own ensembles, such as The Wayward Band.

Both Martin and Eliza contributed to the late Hal Willner’s legendary project Rogue’s Gallery, alongside artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry and Johnny Depp.

Rogue’s Gallery and Son of Rogue’s Gallery were collections of sea shanties performed by an unlikely cast of international rapscallions and undoubtedly played a major part in the current re-emergence of the genre.

The two were also members of The Imagined Village, which was a folk music project founded by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celt Sound System. It was intended to produce modern folk music that represented multiculturalism in the United Kingdom and as such, featured musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Other members included Billy Bragg and Sheila Chandra, whose band Monsoon, had the UK’s first ever Indipop / Asiabeat hit in the 1980s, with Ever So Lonely.

Richard Pearson (chair) has had a long career in music media and worked as an on air interviewer for BBC network radio, before moving on to BBC TV, where he worked on the musical content for over a thousand network shows.

Richard has been Station Controller at Radio Scarborough since 2016. The station was recently awarded an FM licence by Ofcom and will commence transmitting on FM across the whole Scarborough area, very shortly.

Serendipitously, Richard did a similar job on BBC TV’s Pebble Mill at One, to the one Hal Willner did on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and the two, who were born just a year apart, were in occasional conversation up until Hal’s untimely death in 2020, a victim of Covid-19. In view of this Richard would like to dedicate this event to the memory of Hal Willner (1956-2020); a genuine one-off who is missed by so many.