Photo Gallery: Martin Carthy, 13 March 2015

15 March 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 15 March 2015

A few shots from Martin’s recent gig at the Roots Music Club in Doncaster.

Martin & Eliza US tour dates in April

24 February 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 24 February 2015

I don’t usually post tour details here as Martin tends to gig and tour almost constantly. However, as Martin and Eliza have recently announced a handful of US tour dates – their first official US tour as a duo and the first major US visit for either in several years – I thought it would be worth posting the details to alert our US readers who often comment here and on Facebook or Twitter that they have little or no opportunities to see Martin live.

Martin and Eliza in 2014. Photo: Kevin Boyd

More dates may yet be announced but dates and venues at the time of posting are given below. Please refer to Eliza’s website for any new dates or updated details.

If you’re lucky enough to make one of these shows and would like me to post your reviews, photos or comments please email me at

3 April
Charles Theater@ Sweetwater Union High School
2900 Highland Avenue National City, CA

4 April
3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

5 April
The Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison ST, Berkeley, CA 94704

6 April
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
6275 HWY 9, Felton, CA

8 April
Johnny D’s
17 Holland Street Davis Square Somerville, MA

10 April
St Johns Church
81 Christopher Street, New York , NY

11 April
Crossroads Music Series
801 S. 48th ST. , Philadelphia, PA

12 April
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864

13 April
Parlor Room @ Signature Sounds
32 Masonic Street Northampton, MA

15 April
Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

16 April
Old Songs Concert Series
Old Songs, INC., 37 S Main St., Vorheesville, NY

17 April
Rosendale Cafe

18 April
All Souls Interfaith Gathering
491 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, VT491 Bostwick Farm Rd., S

Vote for Martin & Eliza in the BBC Folk Awards

8 February 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 8 February 2015

folk awards 2015

Martin and Eliza’s 2014 album The Moral of the Elephant has been nominated in the Best Album category in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards.

Surprisingly, there are no nominations for Best Duo or Best Traditional Track but the Best Album category is decided by a public vote so you can add your support by clicking here or on the image above and voting before midnight on 13 February (UK time).

If you haven’t heard the album you can find out more from the Topic records EPK below…

The full list of nominees can be found here.

Scarborough Fair / ‘Martin Carthy’ at 50

1 January 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 1 January 2015

csip502015 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Carthy’s debut solo album, the imaginatively-titled Martin Carthy. It’s probably fair to say that it was one of the most influential folk albums of the 1960s and in terms of repertoire it had an enormous impact on the British folk scene for many years.

Scarborough Fair may well be the best known song on the album, not least because of the subsequent controversy surrounding Paul Simon’s ‘borrowing’ of Carthy’s arrangement. Perhaps for this reason it has been largely absent from his repertoire since the mid-60s whereas several other songs from his debut album have regularly re-appeared in his live sets.

It hasn’t been entirely absent however, and in the 1990s he was persuaded to record the song with Wood Wilson Carthy and also dueted on a version with Bert Jansch (under the title ‘The Elfin Knight‘). More recently he’s recorded two versions for BBC radio and within the last month a new recording appeared over the closing credits of the BBC TV drama ‘Remember Me‘. Here it is:

2014 in review

30 December 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Martin & Eliza win fRoots Critics Poll vote

6 December 2014

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 6 December 2014

froots logo

Martin and Eliza Carthy’s album “The Moral Of The Elephant” was announced as the winner of the 2014 fRoots Critics Poll album of the year on Friday.

fRoots editor Ian Anderson made the discussed the awards and announced the winners on the BBC Radio 3 “World on 3″ show which you can hear for the next four weeks here.

LINK: “The Moral of the Elephant” in DISCOGRAPHIES
LINK: Recording “The Moral of the Elephant”
LINK: Photo Gallery from Martin & Eliza’s 2014 tour


Photo Gallery: Carthy & Swarbrick, 4 Sept 2014

6 September 2014

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 6 September 2014
Updated: 8 September 2014

Another September; another Carthy & Swarb tour. Here they are at the Met Theatre in Bury a couple of days ago.

Update: Here are a few more different edits in colour of Martin from the same gig:


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