NORMAFEST: A message from Eliza

3 January 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 3 January 2016

Dear friends,

Normafest is coming up this weekend, Friday and Saturday, and as a family we have a small favour to ask please. Even if you’re not coming (you should, by the way, as it’s going to be ace ;-)) could you please share our link below? It would mean a great deal to us. This event is our loving attempt to keep mam singing without the need to travel, which as you know has caused her such pain in the past. The artists on the bill are giving their time for almost nothing, this is completely non-profit.

Tickets are selling well and we are over our ‘break even’ point for staging the event, but it would be great now to see that our generous musician friends and family get paid a decent amount of money! One last push this week will really help this family, and maybe help us to stage this for years to come, to celebrate our gorgeous mam and her singular talent.

Happy New Year everybody. And please do come if you can, it’s really going to be very special.

x Eliza

https://www.facebook.com/events/962378263799415/

http://www.scarboroughspa.co.uk/events/Normafest-January-2016

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2015 in review

2 January 2016

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 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 8,400 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


#MC50+ Martin Carthy: Live in Yorkshire, 2012

1 January 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 1 January 2016

As an addendum to my 2015 #MC50 posts and a thank you to everyone who has supported this site during the last year by commenting on my posts or by sharing and retweeting my videos and comments on Facebook and Twitter I’m posting a bonus clip just in time for the new year. Or rather, to keep things more manageable I’m splitting the audio and posting two clips!

These two videos represent the entire first and second halves of Martin’s solo set at the now-defunct Rock at Maltby folk club in South Yorkshire in 2012. From some of the comments and emails I receive I’m aware that not everyone visiting this site has an opportunity to see Martin live on a regular basis (or ever, in many cases) so hopefully this will give a flavour of the live experience in extended form. The two clips are a fair representation of his recent solo sets, with a selection of songs spanning the entirety of his career, a handful of instrumentals and a couple of so-far unrecorded oddities

The recording is straight from the mixing desk so the sound quality is excellent (with very little audience audio) and I’ve left it more-or-less intact so you’ll hear complete introductions, the odd false start and Martin’s characteristic tuning up. In fact, you may notice that this is the gig from which I sourced the audio for my earlier video “Martin Carthy Tunes Up”!

Incidentally, the Rock at Maltby may be no more but it’s replacement in the form of the Roots Music Club, Doncaster is still going strong. Find details of their upcoming gigs here.

Enjoy the clips and have a great New Year.


Recorded live at the Rock at Maltby, 2012
Martin Carthy: Vocals, Guitar

First set:
Jim Jones
Green Broom
The Downfall of Paris
The Trees They Do Grow High
Sir Patrick Spens
Swaggering Boney
Limbo

Second set:
Don’t Go In Them Lions Cage Tonight
Lofty Tall Ship
The Royal Oak
Farewell Lovely Nancy
Princess Royal
The Lochmaben Harper
Johnny Sands
The Heroes of St Valery
Ruffled Park Poachers
The Devil and the Feathery Wife

Live sound: Stuart Palmer


#MC50 : Waterson:Carthy “Frost & Fire Live” 2006

8 December 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 8 December 2015

This is the last of my #MC50 videos featuring rare live and studio tracks sourced from my personal archive of radio recordings, mostly from the late-80s onwards. It’s an appropriately seasonal recording from Waterson:Carthy’s 2006 ‘Frost & Fire’ tour. The Devil’s Interval feature heavily (their ‘Quern Song remains unreleased officially to the best of my knowledge) and this was Tim van Eyken’s last full tour with the band.

I’ve published a different recording each month during 2015 to celebrate 50 years since the release of Martin’s first solo album and it has been interesting revisiting some of them. I’ve tried to include a representative cross-section of solo, duo, group and family recordings. Some of the audio has been in less-than-pristine condition but everything has had its merits to some extent and I think it’s been worth including all of them for one reason or another.

There have been some fairly obvious omissions – the numerous appearances to promote Martin and Eliza’s recent duo album and tour, for instance – and I still have a lot more recordings than I haven’t had the chance to publish so for that reason I’ve decided to continue this series into next year and beyond. The only difference is that I’ll only be publishing on an ad hoc basis rather than strictly once a month.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the videos I’ve published so far and I look forward to your continued support into 2006.

Merry Christmas. Kev.


#MC50 : Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson – Live 2001

1 November 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 1 November 2015

For the penultimate #MC50 video celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Carthy’s first solo album I’ve chosen a great live recording of a Martin and Norma show that formed part of his 60th birthday celebrations in 2001. This was originally broadcast on Andy Kershaw’s BBC Radio 3 show in two parts about five months apart, which accounts for there being two ‘finale’ numbers (the first appearing half way through at what was the end of the first broadcast) and for one of Norma’s intros being duplicated.

The concert took place at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford on 23 May 2001 and Martin and Norma are accompanied by Chris Parkinson on piano accordion.


Photo Gallery: Carthy & Swarbrick, 11 September 2015

11 October 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 11 October 2015

A little bit later than I would have preferred, but here are a few shots from Martin and Dave’s gig at the Met Theatre in Bury on 11 September.


#MC50 : The Watersons – In Session 1986 & Live 1988

10 October 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 10 October 2015

It’s rare that anyone can pinpoint a moment that changed their life but this month’s #MC50 YouTube video includes one such moment for me. The first time I heard The Watersons on Andy Kershaw’s Radio 1 show in August 1986 I knew little or nothing about folk music of any kind, much less about English traditional song, but hearing this in my box bedroom in Doncaster at the age of (just) 18 was a revelation. It’s by chance as much as anything that I’ve retained a recording of that session – I only re-discovered it a few years ago – but the quality has suffered over the years and for that reason I’ve mixed it into mono to avoid some conspicuous drop-outs (especially in the last two songs). The sound quality is still far from perfect but I hope it gives a clue as to what I heard that  set me on a journey of discovery that continues to fascinate and surprise.

To compensate for the poor sound quality of the Kershaw session I’ve also included a slightly better quality (stereo) recording from a couple of years later. This is the broadcast portion of the Watersons’ set from the Copper Family’s “Coppersongs” launch concert at Cecil Sharp House in january 1988. It also includes a brief interview with Norma and Mike Waterson and may be one of the last broadcast recordings of the Mike, Lal, Norma and Martin lineup.

The complete “Coppersongs” broadcast also included performances by The Copper Family and Peter Bellamy and an interview with Derek Schofield. The complete broadcast can be heard here:


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