Posted by Kevin Boyd, 2 May 2013
Smooth Operations are well known to British and Irish folk music aficionados for their links to the BBC Folk Awards and Cambridge Folk Festival and as the producers of numerous television and radio programmes for the BBC, Sky Arts and RTÉ. Over the course of more than 20 years they have built up an extensive archive of live recordings and now, through their Delphonic Music offshoot, they are making some of their rare archive recordings available to download.
Amongst the initial batch of recordings is the first of three promised Martin Carthy live sets. The Folk Vault includes seven songs recorded live in St Albans in 1973 and, although relatively short at just under 22 minutes, it offers a fascinating insight into Carthy’s live repertoire during the period immediately prior to his 1974 Sweet Wivelsfield album.