Chronological Discography

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All releases are Martin Carthy solo (or with Dave Swarbrick) unless otherwise stated.

1963 : Various: Hootenanny in London
1963 : Thamesiders & Davy Graham: From a London Hootenanny
1965 : The Three City Four: The Three City Four
1965 : Martin Carthy
1965 : The Watersons: New Voices
1965 : The Watersons: Frost and Fire
1966 : Various: Songs from ABC Television’s “Hallelujah”
1966 : Martin Carthy’s Second Album
1966 : The Watersons: The Watersons
1966 : The Watersons: A Yorkshire Garland
1967 : Byker Hill
1967 : Rags, Reels & Airs
1967 : No Songs
1968 : But Two Came By…
1969 : Prince Heathen

1970 (c.) : Round Up
1970 (c.) : Brigg Fair
1970 (c.) : Tales of Long Ago
1971 : Landfall
1971 : Selections
1971 : This Is… Martin Carthy
1971 : Steeleye Span: “Rave On”
1971 : Steeleye Span: Please To See The King
1971 : Steeleye Span: Ten Man Mop…
1972 : Steeleye Span: “Jigs and Reels”
1972 : (c.) : Selections
1972 : Shearwater
1972 : Mike & Lal Waterson: Bright Phoebus
1972 : Mike & Lal Waterson: “Rubber Band”
1974 : Sweet Wivelsfield
1975 : The Watersons: For Pence and Spicy Ale
1976 : Crown Of Horn
1976 : “The Bonny Lass of Anglesey”
1976 : Albion Country Band: Battle Of The Field
1976 : John Kirkpatrick: Plain Capers
1976 : Steeleye Span: “Rave On”
1977 : The Watersons: Sound Sound Your Instruments of Joy
1977 : Steeleye Span: Storm Force Ten
1977 : Steeleye Span: “The Boar’s Head Carol”
1978 : Steeleye Span: “Montrose”
1978 : Steeleye Span: Live At Last
1978 : “Folkweave” BBC Transcription Disc
1979 : Because It’s There

1980 : The Albion Band: Larkrise To Candleford
1981 : The Watersons: Green Fields
1982 : Various: The  Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection
1982 : Out Of The Cut
1983 : Brass Monkey: Brass Monkey
1986 : Brass Monkey: See How It Runs
1986 : Various: A Selection from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs
1988 : Right Of Passage

1990 : Various: Hard Cash
1990 : Life And Limb
1992 : Skin And Bone
1992 : 100 Not Out
1992 : British Fingerstyle Guitar
1993 : The Collection
1993 : Rigs of the Time
1993 : Brass Monkey: The Complete Brass Monkey
1994 : The Kershaw Sessions
1994 : The Watersons: Early Days
1994 : Waterson:Carthy: Waterson:Carthy
1994 : Band of Hope: Rhythm And Reds
1997 : Waterson:Carthy: Common Tongue
1998 : Signs Of Life
1998 : Brass Monkey: Sound & Rumour
1998 : Wood, Wilson, Carthy: Wood, Wilson, Carthy
1999 : A Collection
1999 : Waterson:Carthy: Broken Ground
1999 : Steeleye Span: The Journey

2000 : Both Ears and the Tail
2001 : The Carthy Chronicles
Carthy Chronicles: Reflections, Comments & Reviews
2001 : Brass Monkey: Going & Staying
2002 : Various Artists: Shining Bright
2002 : Waterson:Carthy: A Dark Light
2002 : Blue Murder: No One Stands Alone
2003 : The Definitive Collection
2003 : Steeleye Span: The Lark in the Morning
2003 : The Watersons: The Definitive Collection
2003 : Dave Swarbrick: Swarb!
2003 : The Four Martins: Guitar Nights
2004 : Waiting For Angels
2004 : Waterson:Carthy: Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand
2004 : The Watersons: Mighty River Of Song
2004 : Brass Monkey: Flame of Fire
2005 : At Ruskin Mill
2005 : Waterson:Carthy: The Definitive Collection
2005 : Brass Monkey: The Definitive Collection
2005 : The Watersons: A Yorkshire Christmas
2006 : Straws In The Wind
2006 : Guitar Maestros
2006 : Waterson:Carthy: Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man
2007 : Various: The Imagined Village
2008 (c.) : Ensemble Cast: The Battle of Waterloo [1983]
2009 : Brass Monkey: Head of Steam

2010 : The Imagined Village: Empire & Love
2010 : Three City Four: Smoke & Dust
2010 : Return Of A Stranger [1961]
2011 : Various: Wretches & Jabberers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2011 : The January Man: Live in Belfast, 1978
2011 : Various: Cambridge Folk festival 2010
2011 : Essential
2011 : The Waterson Family: Live At Hull Truck
2011 : Various: Live From The Old Town School Vol.3
2011 : Walnut Creek
2011 : The Gift Band: Live on Tour
2012 : The Imagined Village: Bending The Dark
2013 : Brass Monkey: The Best Of Live
2013 : The Folk Vault: Live in St Albans 1973
2013 : The Folk Vault: Live in Sidmouth 1979
2013 : The Folk Vault: Live in Whitby 1984
2014 : Martin & Eliza Carthy: “Happiness”
2014 : Martin & Eliza Carthy: The Moral Of The Elephant
2018 : The Watersons & Waterson:Carthy: An Introduction to…

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5 Responses to Chronological Discography

  1. Barolojoe says:

    Hello from Heidelberg,

    the discography of the sixties above is not complete: three recommendable albums of Folk Singer Nigel Denver with Martin Carthy accompanying him on guitar are not listed yet:

    – Nigel Denver – same (DEcca Mono LP 1964)

    https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/records/nigeldenver.html

    – Moving On (Decca Mono LP, 1966)

    https://www.theballadeers.com/scots/nd_1965_Moving_on.htm

    – Rebellion (Decca Mono LP, 1967)

    https://www.theballadeers.com/scots/nd_1967_rebellion.htm

    Rebellion features also Dave Swarbrick on fiddle & mandolin plus Felix Doran (Irish pipes)

    Nigel Denver (1938-2018) died just some months ago at the age of 79. He retired already as a Folk Singer in the early 70s.

    His voice, however, was very powerful and remarkable, maybe the strongest amongst all the known British Folk Musicians of the 60s.
    And it is no surprise that he was the lead singer on these three Decca albums, and not Martin Carthy or somebody else…. 🙂

    Greetings from Germany
    upi

    • Kevin Boyd says:

      Hello Barolojoe
      This is not intended to be a complete discography – Reinhard Zierke’s Mainly Norfolk already does that but this includes all major solo, duo and band releases and some significant compilations.
      Cheers
      Kev

  2. Barolojoe says:

    Hi there,

    well, alright, although I think that Martin Carthy’s contributions especially on the Nigel Denver album Rebellion’ (1967), and partly also on ‘Moving On’ (1966), are more significant and more substantial than his negligible contributions to the two listed albums of the Watersons from 1965….

    Greetings from Germany

  3. Kevin Boyd says:

    This is a personal list and although there are some fairly broad rules, I reserve the right to bend them when it feels right. In general, the discography includes original solo and duo releases where Martin is credited as one of the main artists, bands where he’s a permanent credited member, Carthy-specific compilations and various artists albums with significant original material. It doesn’t include many of his contributions to other people’s albums as a guitarist or vocalist (e.g. Roy Bailey, Sidney Carter, Harvey Andrews, Julie Felix, Leon Rosselson, Ray Fisher, Les Barker and many others). And to be clear, those Watersons 60’s albums (where Martin’s contribution is zero) are listed in the Discography by Artist as ‘Pre-Carthy recordings’.
    here: https://carthyonline.wordpress.com/discography/discography-by-artist/

  4. Barolojoe says:

    One last remark & contribution:

    ‘The Transports’ from 1987 is also not mentioned so far, not listed above.

    It’s a highly regarded Folk Opera by Peter Bellamy plus others, including Martin Carthy, Mike & Norma Waterson in the line-up:

    https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-transports-a-ballad-opera-by-peter-bellamy-mw0000092272

    https://mainlynorfolk.info/peter.bellamy/records/thetransports.html

    This is still an unmatched masterpiece and benchmark in British Folk Music in general. And Martin Carthy’s contributions are not minor.
    But, of course, you have the right to ignore and non-disclose such indisputable classics each time….

    Greetings from Germany

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