Posted by Kevin Boyd, 17 Feb 2011
Martin Carthy will shortly celebrate his 70th birthday with a special concert at the Southbank Centre. At time of writing tickets have just gone on sale and seem to be moving fairly quickly. Click here to check on current availability.
I have my ticket for this concert but when he celebrated his 60th birthday back in May 2001 I wasn’t so lucky and missed out on what, if the available recordings are anything to go by, was a special evening. It’s not much of a consolation, but I recently obtained a copy of the programme from that night which I reproduce in .pdf format here.
The programme’s design is clearly intended to tie in with the then-current Carthy Chronicles release and includes a short introduction by Chronicles producer/compiler Nigel Schofield. It also includes a brief welcome from event organiser Dave Pegg, details of all the evening’s guests (including ‘surprise’ guest Ralph McTell) and testimonials from a number of Carthy collaborators and colleagues.
Click here to view the file: The First Sixty Years
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