Martin Carthy

Wed 24 Apr, 7.45pm

The Forge

  • Tickets: £16; Under 25s and f/t students £14 (includes £3 booking fee)

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.

A ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic/electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material, Martin always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.   

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, and 10 solo albums.

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