1979 : Because It’s There

Martin Carthy

01 : Nothing Rhymed
02 : May Song
03 : Swaggering Boney
04 : Lord Randall
05 : Long John, Old John and Jackie North
06 : Jolly Tinker
07 : Lovely Joan
08 : Three Cripples
09 : Siege of Delhi
10 : Nothing Rhymed
11 : Death of Young Andrew

First released in the UK 1979 by Topic Records 12TS389

CD issued 1995 by Topic Records TSCD389

Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, jaws harp
John Kirkpatrick: accordion on Nothing Rhymed, Lovely Joan, & Three Cripples; concertina on May Song & Jolly Tinker
Howard Evans: trumpet on Jolly Tinker and Lovely Joan
Bruce Rowlands: drums on Siege of Delhi

Recorded at Riverside Studios, London
Produced by Ashley Hutchings
Engineer: Jerry Boys

Photography: Keith Morris
Sleeve Design by Cooke Key

All tracks Traditional, arr. Martin Carthy except:
1 & 10: Gilbert O’Sullivan

Sleeve Notes:

In a rare waking moment, the former President of the USA, Mr Calvin Coolidge was heard to cry out to the effect that half the world’s problems would solved if only people would sit down and keep still. ‘Nothing Rhymed’ is a song that was written by Gilbert O’Sullivan which is, among other things, about just that and attendant problems.

Most of the songs on this record were learnt by chance, by osmosis, or, in the case of ‘Lord Randal’, virtually by accident. ‘May Song’ came from a Cynthia Gooding record which I lost 16 years ago, words stuck in my head. ‘Swaggering Boney’, ‘Nothing ‘Rhymed’ and the ‘Jolly Tinker’ by osmosis, ‘Three Cripples’ from Vic Gammon, and the ‘Siege of Delhi’ from Hamish Henderson in Padstow and at Mervyn Vincent’s house in St Issy on May Day a couple of years ago. The exceptions are ‘Long John, Old John and Jackie North’ which is a reworking of Long Johnny Mor, full of swash and buckle, and the ‘Death Of Young Andrew’ a reworking of a severely holed set of words, and both songs are to be found in F.J. Child’s English and Scottish Popular Ballads.
Martin Carthy, 1979


3 Responses to 1979 : Because It’s There

  1. […] Siege Of Delhi Guitar tune that appears on 1978′s “Because It’s There” […]

  2. […] diversity of approaches that Carthy was beginning to take as the 1970s rolled into the 80s. “The Siege of Delhi” from 1979′s “Because It’s There” is a virtuoso guitar performance […]

  3. […] Bert Jansch under the title “The Elfin Knight” (Acoustic Routes, 1993); Lovely Joan (Because It’s There, 1979); “And A-Begging I Will Go” with Dave Swarbrick  as “The Begging […]

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