On Air : 2010s

“The Radcliffe & Maconie Show”  BBC Radio 2


The Imagined Village

  1. Cum On Feel The Noize
  2. Space Girl
  3. The Handweaver And The Factory Maid

Live studio session and band interviews with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie.

“Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone”  BBC Radio 6


  1. The Devil and the Feathery Wife
  2. I Sowed Some Seeds
  3. Long John

Maconie gave a repeat transmission to three out of the five tracks that originally made up the BBC Radio One John Peel Show session from 25 April 1983.

“Channel 4 News”  Channel 4 TV


This is a brief news item focussing on various aspects of the campaign against the BNP in the run-up to the 2010 UK General Election. Includes interviews with Billy Bragg and Imagined Village head honcho Simon Emmerson and a couple of very brief live clips of the Imagined Village.

View the clip and read the associated  article: http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/vote_2010/billy+braggampaposs+alternative+to+the+bnp/3618087.html

“Concerning Franklin and his Gallant Crew”  BBC Radio 3


Documentary in the “Twenty Minutes” strand. Julian May uses Carthy’s 1966 performance of Lord Franklin to anchor this documentary tracing the story of Franklin’s doomed voyage to discover the Northwest Passage which set out on 20 May 1845. Includes Martin Carthy interview.

Produced and presented by Julian May

“Cambridge Folk Festival 2010″  BBC Radio 2


The Imagined Village

  1. The Handweaver and the Factory Maid

Highlights from the 2010 Cambridge Folk Festival presented by Mike Harding, Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe. Includes one live track from the Imagined Village set on Friday 30 July 2010.

“The Co-Operative Cambridge Folk Festival 2010″  Sky Arts TV


The Imagined Village

  1. The Handweaver and the Factory Maid
  2. Space Girl

Live clips from the Imagined Village festival appearance

“Once In A Blue Moon: The Songs of Lal Waterson”  BBC Radio 4


BBC website synopsis: “Lal Waterson’s voice was stark but captivating and it’s been said that the songs she wrote were close to German cabaret or chanson. They were lyrically ambitious and melodically powerful. Since her death in 1998, her reputation has grown and now she is placed alongside the great singer song-writers like Nick Drake and Richard Thompson. She was a member of the famous Waterson family and numbered among other relatives the folk singer Martin Carthy and his daughter Eliza.

In this feature, Robin Denselow explores the life and legacy of Lal Waterson and assesses her impact on song-writers today.”

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

“Mike Harding”  BBC Radio 2


Hour-long interview with Martin in which he discusses his career in detail with host Mike Harding. Broadcast to coincide with Carthy’s 70th Birthday concert a few days later.

A Smooth Operations production for the BBC

“Manx Radio Folk Show”  Manx Radio


John Kaneen presents a tribute to Martin Carthy on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

First broadcast on Manx Radio (Isle of Man)
17 May 2011 9pm – 10pm


“Bob Dylan 70: The Bob Dylan Story at 70 (Episode 2)”  BBC 6 Music


Kris Kristofferson continues the story of his hero, his inspiration and his friend Bob Dylan in the second of a six part series marking the 70th birthday of the iconic singer songwriter.

In the winter of 62/63 Bob makes his first trip to the UK – the British folk tradition would have a profound influence on his subsequent writing. In 1965 he releases the landmark album Bringing It All back Home, The Byrds have a worldwide hit with his song Mr Tambourine Man and Dylan is seen performing in an early music video to Subterranean Homesick Blues in D A Pennebaker’s seminal film Don’t Look Back. He is still only 24 years of age. His sixth studio album Highway 61 Revisited is released and Like A Rolling Stone, the opening track, is a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. His electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival gets a hostile response from the folk establishment.

The programme features an interview with Martin Carthy, who talks about the influence traditional British folk music had on Dylan’s work, and Peter Asher and Tom Robinson describe the importance of Dylan’s arrival in the British pop charts. Also John Lennon and Carly Simon realise Dylan’s lyrics mean so much more than anyone else’s, Bob Geldof remembers the first time he heard Like A Rolling Stone and Joe Boyd, stage manager at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival recalls Dylan’s controversial performance.

First broadcast on BBC 6 Music, 12:00am Wednesday 18 May 2011. Repeated on BBC 6 Music, 3:00am Sunday 4 December 2011

“Bob Dylan 70: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – A Folk Tribute”  BBC Radio 2


As Radio 2 celebrates Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, the cream of the British folk scene re-interprets songs from his iconic album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Mark Radcliffe guides us through a collection of specially recorded songs that illustrate not only Dylan’s great writing skills, but also the inventiveness and creativity of British folk artists, some of whom inspired a young Dylan when he first visited Britain in the early 1960s.

Although Freewheelin’ is Dylan’s second studio album, it initiated the process of writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are original compositions and it contains several that came to be regarded as his best and classics of the 1960s folk scene: Blowin’ in the Wind, Masters of War, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall and Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.

In December 1962, partway through recording Freewheelin’, a young Bob Dylan came to London for the first time where he met English folk singer Martin Carthy. Carthy taught Dylan the traditional songs Scarborough Fair and Lord Franklin, both of which would appear on the album just months later as Girl from the North Country and Bob Dylan’s Dream. Almost fifty years on, we come full circle, as Bob Dylan’s Dream is performed by Martin Carthy himself.

The cast list is a roll call of British folk’s premier talents, with the complete track listing as follows: Blowin’ in the Wind by Seth Lakeman; Girl from the North Country by Thea Gilmore; Masters of War by Martin Simpson; Down the Highway by While and Matthews; Bob Dylan’s Blues by Ewan McLennan; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Karine Polwart; Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Ralph McTell; Bob Dylan’s Dream by Martin Carthy; Oxford Town by Coope, Boyes and Simpson; Talkin’ World War III Blues by Billy Bragg; Corrina, Corrina by Cara Dillon with The Scoville Units; Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance by Rory Mcleod; and I Shall Be Free by Rab Noakes with Fraser Speirs.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 2. 10:00pm Wednesday 18 May 2011

“Bob Dylan 70: Bob’s Ballad Bases”  BBC Radio 2


From Pretty Peggy-O on his first album, to Highlands in the 90s and beyond, folk songs and folk music have informed the melodic, thematic and structural roots of much of his work. As Radio 2’s Dylan Season continues, Julie Fowlis examines and celebrates this British and Irish influence.

We hear from people involved in folk song who knew Dylan. Liam Clancy and Jean Redpath met him in New York’s Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and we hear Bob himself acknowledge a debt to Liam as he performs a Scottish folksong, Lang A-Growing, at his first major New York concert in 1961.

Bob’s visit to London in 1962 is recalled by Martin Carthy, who introduced Bob to a number of variants of English songs. We now also have the publisher demos, recorded soon after his return to the USA, among which are the earliest recordings of landmark songs such as Girl from the North Country and Bob Dylan’s Dream, which were informed by his UK visit.

Other contributors include singers Christy Moore and Linda Thompson; the author Clinton Heylin, who has written many books on Dylan and his songs; while Rab Noakes, a singer-songwriter and this documentary’s producer, demonstrates how the famous The Times They Are A-Changin’ was possibly informed by Hamish Henderson’s 51st Farewell to Sicily.

We hear how Dylan’s songs exist in a long line, as we go behind the immediate influence to reveal the layers of the traditional sources and oral transmission. This all goes to underline Dylan’s description of himself as a “link in the chain”.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 2. 10:00pm Tuesday 24 May 2011

“Front Row”  BBC Radio 4


Martin and Eliza Carthy

With Mark Lawson, including an interview with folk musician Martin Carthy, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday. He and his daughter Eliza perform Farewell Lovely Nancy in the Front Row studio.

Producer: Andrea Kidd.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4. 7:15pm Wednesday 25 May 2011

“Russell Walker”  BBC Radio York


Russell Walker interviews “the grandfather of the UK folk scene”

Broadcast on BBC Radio York. 10am Saturday 10 September 2011

“Jools Holland”  BBC Radio 2


Jools Holland welcomes Folk Legend Martin Carthy into his studio for conversation and another unique performance with his Rhythm Section. Martin joins Jools and his band in a version of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Nothing Rhymed”.

Broadcast on BBC Radio Two, Monday 17 October 2011, 11 pm

“Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk”  BBC Radio Shropshire


Genevieve in conversation with Martin Carthy and a preview of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow’s wonderful new CD, The Fragile.

Link: Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk

Broadcast on BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Hereford & Worcester, Sunday 1 January 2012, 7pm

“How Folk Songs Should Be Sung”  BBC Radio 4


Immediately after the success of the BBC Radio Ballads, Ewan MacColl set about the Herculean task of trying to drag British folk music into mainstream culture. Frustrated by the dreary amateurishness of folk song performance, he decided to establish his own centre of excellence to professionalise the art. He called it “The Critics Group”.

MacColl tutored select artists “to sing folk songs the way they should be sung” and to think about the origins of what they were singing. He introduced Stanislavski technique and Laban theory into folk performance and explored style, content and delivery.

BBC producer Charles Parker recorded these sessions to aid group analysis. 40 years on, the tapes have come to light. For the first time, a clear sound picture can be constructed of this influential group in action. Former group members Peggy Seeger, Sandra Kerr, Frankie Armstrong, Richard Snell, Brian Pearson and Phil Colclough recount six frantic years of rehearsing, performing and criticising each other. They recall the powerful hold that Ewan MacColl exerted which was eventually to lead to the collapse of the group in acrimony and blame. 

Presenter Martin Carthy MBE, now an elder statesman of the British folk music scene, shared many of McColl’s ambitions but didn’t join the group himself. He listens to the recordings and assesses the legacy of MacColl’s controversial experiment.

Producers: Genevieve Tudor and Chris Eldon Lee 

A Culture Wise Production for BBC Radio 4

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11:30AM Tue, 3 Jan 2012

“In Tune” BBC Radio 3


Suzy Klein – Springtime Special

Suzy Klein presents a special Springtime edition of BBC Radio 3’s drivetime programme In Tune, live with an audience from the iconic Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House.

Martin Carthy plays live, discusses his music with Suzy Klein and collaborates in a new arrangement of Scarborough Fair with the acclaimed Aurora Orchestra.

  1. Sir Patrick Spens
  2. Limbo
  3. Princess Royal
  4. Scarborough Fair

First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 4:30PM Fri, 24 Feb 2012

“Loose Ends”  BBC Radio 4


The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village perform tracks from their album “Bending The Dark”. Introduced by Clive Anderson.

  1. Winter Singing
  2. The Guvna

Producer Cathie Mahoney.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6:15PM Sat, 19 May 2012

“World Routes”  BBC Radio 3


The Imagined Village


Max Reinhardt introduces a concert from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall by The Imagined Village, a group of musicians taking a fresh look at English traditions through arrangements of folk songs, as well as new compositions. The band includes folk legend Martin Carthy, singers Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates, composer and guitarist Simon Emmerson, sitar player Sheema Mukherjee and percussionist Johnny Kalsi.

  1. New York Trader
  2. My Son John
  3. Sick Old Man
  4. The Guvna
  5. Winter Singing
  6. Hard Times Of Old England Retold
  7. Cum On Feel The Noize
  8. Washing Song

Recorded: Friday 25 May 2012

First broadcast: BBC Radio 3, 10:00PM Sunday 3 Jun 2012

“Gideon Coe”  BBC Radio 6 Music


  1. Lady Daysie
  2. Long John

Coe played two tracks from the 25 April 1983 John Peel session

“Who Knows Where The Time Goes?”  BBC4 TV


“Documentary following English folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention as they celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2012. Fairport’s iconic 1969 album Liege and Lief featured some of folk music’s biggest names – including singer Sandy Denny, guitarist Richard Thompson and fiddler Dave Swarbrick – and was voted by Radio 2 listeners as the most influential folk album of all time. Today, having struggled for years with numerous line-up changes (26 members to date) and shifting musical fashions, these ageing folk-rockers host their annual festival in Cropredy, Oxfordshire in front of a passionate 20,000 crowd. Comedian Frank Skinner, who played the ukulele on Fairport’s 2010 album Festival Bell, narrates this tale of the rise and fall – and rise again – of the original English folk-rockers.”

Martin appears briefly discussing the end of his partnership with Dave Swarbrick in 1969.

Narrator: Frank Skinner
Director / Producer: Rhodri Huw
Executive Producers: Paul Bullock & Gethin Scourfield

First broadcast on BBC4, Friday 14 September 2012, 9pm.
Duration: 60 mins.



“Desert Island Discs”  BBC Radio 4


Kirsty Young’s castaway this week is Martin Carthy.

A highly influential figure in the world of traditional music, about fifty years ago he was at the forefront of the English folk revival – inspiring not just his fellow countrymen, but Bob Dylan and Paul Simon too.
Now he’s part of a folk dynasty. His wife is the celebrated singer Norma Waterson and their daughter Eliza is as renowned for her fiddle playing, as she is her voice.
Martin, on the other hand, was brought up in an atmosphere that encouraged him to rise above his station – there was music in his Anglo-Irish background, but it wasn’t encouraged and rarely if ever talked about.
He says, “In my opinion there is no such thing as bad music. There may be bad players or bad singers but I don’t like the idea of inferior music”.

Producer: Isabel Sargent

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 13 January 2013, 11:15am


“The Drunken Sailor”  BBC Radio 2


Martin Carthy (and others)

Richard Hawley explores the rich and fascinating tradition of the shanty, a very specific type of folk song that’s connected with – but not necessarily about – the sea.

A work song, the shanty has a purpose and a rhythmic structure designed to help mariners carry out their work more easily and divert them from the sheer slog of hauling on ropes to raise sails, pushing capstans round to lift anchors, and manning pumps to empty the bilges.

The heyday of the shanty was around 1840 to 1880, when the Seven Seas were filled with the great full-rigged ships, the barques, the clippers, the windjammers, plying their trade to all points of the compass. It was a century of expanding imperialism, when the Royal Navy did rule the waves and its power and prestige enforced a peace often referred to as Pax Britannica.

The Royal Navy frowned on Jack Tars singing as they worked, however, and it was the merchant sailors who developed the sea song, often known as a forebitter; and the shanty; drawing on all manner of songs to create their own body of work. Minstrel songs, music hall tunes, slave melodies, traditional folk ballads, all were thrown into the seamen’s repertoire.

By the end of the 19th century, as wood and sail gave way to iron and steam, the shanty was starting to disappear as sailors no longer needed songs to do their work, and the collectors began to get to work instead. Laura Alexandrine Smith, Richard Runciman Terry, Cecil Sharpe, and later Stan Hugill, published printed editions of what were once orally disseminated songs and recordings were made of the fast disappearing voices of the sea.

Contributors include multiple Radio 2 Folk Award winner Martin Carthy; Steeleye Span lead vocalist Maddy Prior; Shanty Jack; Chris Roche of the Shanty Crew; Pete Wood and Jim Mageean of the Keelers; shanty duo Derek & Julia Batters; Eric Ruff from the Novia Scotian group the Yarmouth Shantymen; Peter van der Meuwe from the National Maritime Museum; and shanty expert Bernie Davis.

Producer: Neil Rosser 
A Ladbroke Radio production for BBC Radio 2 

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 22 January 2013, 22:00pm



“Mastertapes”  (A-Side)  BBC Radio 4


Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy

John Wilson continues with the second series of Mastertapes, in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 1, A-side. “Anglicana” with Eliza Carthy and her father Martin Carthy.

Together Eliza Carthy and her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson have consistently breathed new life and vitality into English folk music. Martin Carthy MBE has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon with his interpretations of the traditional music of these shores. His guitar playing continues to inspire artists in all genres and he continues to tour and record on his own, and when working with wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy as Waterson:Carthy.

Eliza Carthy has continued to expand the legacy of her parents work, reinterpreting and reinvigorating English folk in her own unique style. Her fiddle playing is in a class of its own and throughout her career she has experimented with unusual musical collaborations, including the hugely successful Imagined Village project. “Anglicana” was released in 2002 and gained Eliza her second Mercury nomination. It features both Martin Carthy and her mother Norma Waterson and was hailed as a new definition of what it means to be English in the 21st Century.

Eliza and Martin Carthy, came to the BBC Maida Vale studios to discuss the making of “Anglicana”, their constantly evolving interpretations of traditional folk songs and their work together with Norma Waterson as Waterson:Carthy.

The B-side of the programme, where it’s the turn of the audience to ask the questions, can be heard tomorrow at 3.30pm

Complete versions of the songs performed in the programme (and others) can be heard on the ‘Mastertapes’ pages on the Radio 4 website, where the programmes can also be downloaded and other musical goodies accessed.

Producer: Helen Lennard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 17 June 2013, 23:00pm


“Mastertapes”  (B-Side)  BBC Radio 4


 Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy


John Wilson continues with the second series of Mastertapes, in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 4 (the B-side). Having discussed the making of Eliza’s award winning 2004 album, “Anglicana” (in the A-side of the programme, broadcast on Monday 17th June and available online), Eliza Carthy and her father Martin Carthy respond to questions from the audience and perform live versions of some of the songs from the album, as well as discussing their work together with Norma Waterson as Waterson:Carthy.

Producer: Helen Lennard.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 June 2013, 15:30pm


“Mastertapes”  (bonus tracks)  bbc.co.uk

Recorded: 11/06/2013

Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy

These are complete recordings of tracks that were used in extract on the two BBC Mastertapes programmes. These versions were not broadcast on the original programme but were made available on the BBC Mastertapes website.

  1. Worcester City (Eliza)
  2. London So Fair (Eliza)
  3. Ye Mariners All (Martin & Eliza)
  4. Farewell Lovely Nancy (Martin & Eliza)
  5. Scarborough Fair (Martin)

Recorded: BBC Maida Vale Studio,  11 June 2013
First broadcast: N/A


“Cambridge Folk Festival”   BBC Radio 2


Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

Mark Radcliffe broadcast this show live from the Cambridge Folk Festival including an interview with Martin and one track from that afternoon’s performance by Carthy & Swarb. 

  1. Martin Carthy – Interview with Mark Radcliffe
  2. Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – The Royal Oak

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 9:00 pm Sunday 28 July 2013

“The Enigma of Nic Jones – Return of Britain’s Lost Folk Hero”  BBC4 TV



Martin Carthy (plus Eliza Carthy and others)

Nic Jones is a legend of British folk music. His 1980 record Penguin Eggs is regarded as a classic. In a poll by the Observer a few years ago, Penguin Eggs was rated number 79 of the 100 Best Records of All Time, just above Station to Station by David Bowie and just below Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones – amazing for an LP that never actually charted. His iconic song Canadee-i-o has even been covered by Bob Dylan.

Many believe that Nic was destined for international stardom; his funky, rhythmical and percussive guitar style and smooth singing meant that his music crossed musical barriers.

In 1982, Nic Jones was at the peak of his career, but driving home from a gig one night a near-fatal car crash changed his life forever. Almost every bone in his body was broken and neurological damage meant that he would never play his guitar in front of an audience again. Apart from a couple of tribute concerts, Nic Jones disappeared from the public eye for thirty years. Then in the summer of 2012, encouraged by friends and family, Nic returned to the stage to play several festival performances accompanied by his guitarist son, Joe Jones and keyboard player Belinda O’Hooley. The concerts were a resounding success and for his old and new fans, a moving comeback for their musical hero.

The film is the emotional story of Nic’s return but also demonstrates why he is so revered, not just in folk circles but across all music genres. Nic has inspired a whole generation of younger artists including BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners Jim Moray, Eliza Carthy, Sam Carter and Blair Dunlop. They all appear in the film, as does American singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell. Folk legends Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Chris Wood and ex-Fairport Convention founder Ashley Hutchings are also featured

Producer / Director: Michael Proudfoot
Executive Producer: Peter Grimsdale
Participants: Nic Jones, Joe Jones, Julia Jones, Helen Jones, Belinda O’Hooley, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Sam Carter, Blair Dunlop, Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Anais Mitchell, Chris Wood, Martin Simpson, Stewart Lee

First broadcast on BBC4, 10:00 pm , Friday 27 September 2013 

“The Man Who Brought The Blues To Britain: Big Bill Broonzy”  BBC4 TV



Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson (and others)

Big Bill Broonzy would inspire a generation of musicians, yet he was not the man they believed him to be. This first, very intimate, biography of the pioneering bluesman uncovers the mystery of who Broonzy really was and follows his remarkable and colourful journey from the racist Deep South to the clubs of Chicago and all across the world. With contributions from: Pete Seeger, Ray Davies, Keith Richards, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn and members of the Broonzy family. Broonzy’s own words are read by Clarke Peters. 

Executive Producer: Mark Cooper
Producer / Director: Jeremy Marre

First broadcast on BBC Four, 9:00 pm Sunday 1 Dec 2013

“Get Folked: The Great Folk Revival”  More 4 TV


Martin Carthy (and others)


Documentary exploring the current resurgence in the popularity of folk music, featuring first-hand testimony and specially recorded musical performances from artists, new and old.

Something incredible has been happening in the music scene over the last few years. Folk – a musical tradition with roots in the pre-electric world – is now becoming the new 21st-century pop phenomenon.

Get Folked: The Great Folk Revival explores the current resurgence in its popularity.

Is it the antidote to manufactured music, the new punk, or simply evidence of the enduring appeal of this age-old musical form?

This programme features first-hand testimony and intimate, specially shot musical performances from a cross-generational cast of legends, new and old.

Richard Thompson, The Lumineers, Jake Bugg, Frank Turner, Akala, Donovan, Martin Carthy, The Unthanks, Alt-J, Newton Faulkner, Seth Lakeman, Bob Geldof and Ade Edmondson are among the contributors.

First broadcast: Saturday 7 December 2013, 10:00pm

“Martin Carthy live at the Ukrainian Centre”  SineFM


Martin Carthy 


Live concert recording from Martin’s gig at the Doncaster Deaf School (not the Ukrainian Centre as suggested in the title) on 29 November 2013. Introduced by Jonti Willis of Jonti’s Roots & Acoustic Music Show

  1. Jim Jones
  2. Green Broom
  3. The Royal Oak
  4. Creeping Jane
  5. The Downfall Of Paris
  6. When I Was A Little Boy
  7. Bill Norrie
  8. A Stitch In Time
  9. Don’t Go In Them Lion’s Cage Tonight
  10. Flame Of Fire (A Sailor By My Right)
  11. Bonny Woodhall
  12. The Devil And The Feathery Wife

First broadcast on SineFM, Thursday 26 December 2013, 10:00am

“The One Show”  BBC 1 TV


Billy Bragg (with Martin Carthy)


A short film introduced by Billy Bragg as part of the popular early evening magazine programme. Billy meets Martin Carthy in Studio 2 of the old Decca Records building to discuss the influence of Lonnie Donegan.

From the BBC website: “Matt and Alex are joined by the star of Midsomer Murders, Neil Dudgeon, aka DCI Barnaby, to talk about the show’s upcoming special 100th episode. Tony Livesey investigates the validity of crime statistics and Billy Bragg pays homage to the man that started skiffle.”

Presenter: Matt Baker; Presenter: Alex Jones; Participant: Billy Bragg; Editor: Sandy Smith

First broadcast on BBC 1, Tuesday 11 February 2014, 7pm

“Simon Mayo Drivetime”  BBC Radio 2


Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy


Live broadcast from the build up to the 2014 BBC Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. Martin and Eliza talk to Simon Mayo and sing two songs from their forthcoming album “The Moral Of The Elephant“.

  1. The Queen Of Hearts
  2. Happiness

From the BBC website: “Simon presents a live Drivetime show from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall. They’ll be a host of special guests along with live music from Seth Lakeman and Suzanne Vega and acclaimed guitarist Martin Simpson recites a special ‘confession’. Plus Matt Williams has the latest sport, Rebecca Pike brings us the money news and there’s the latest travel news from Sally Traffic.”

First broadcast: BBC Radio 2, 5:05pm, Wednesday 19 February 2014

“Front Row”  BBC Radio 4


Martin Carthy


The media blitz surrounding Martin’s Lifetime Achievement award continued as he appeared on the daily BBC radio magazine programme.

From the BBC website: “Tonight musician Martin Carthy is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Carthy discusses his love of playing live, starting out in the early 60s, getting over his annoyance about Paul Simon’s success with Scarborough Fair, and making his first album with daughter Eliza.”

Presenter: John Wilson; Producer: Gabriella Meade
First broadcast: BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm, Wednesday 19 February 2014

“BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards”  BBC Radio 2 / BBC Red Button TV / BBC website


Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy (with others)


Complete coverage of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards live from the Royal Albert Hall. martin received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from Jarvis Cocker, sang one song with Eliza and performed with Peggy Seeger in the show finale.  

  1. Award presentation
  2. Martin & Eliza carthy: Died For Love
  3. Peggy Seeger & Ensemble: Quite Early Morning

From the BBC website: “Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis present the 15th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, live from London’s Royal Albert Hall. Featuring live music performances and special guest presenters.

The Folk Awards ceremony celebrates the folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving special awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions. This year, those awards will go to artists including English musician Martin Carthy and popular Irish group Clannad.

Martin – with daughter Eliza Carthy – and Clannad will both perform live during this year’s show, as will New York songwriter Suzanne Vega and remarkable big band Bellowhead. Cornish shanty choir Fisherman’s Friends will also sing live after a long absence from UK stages.

Martin Carthy is one of the most influential musicians ever to have worked with traditional music. Responsible for song arrangements that inspired Bob Dylan and Paul Simon – Carthy’s version of Scarborough Fair was famously adopted by Simon – and a highly distinctive guitar style, he has spent more than 50 years as a vital force on the British folk scene. As well as his work as a solo artist, his contributions have included his duo with Dave Swarbrick, membership of The Watersons and later Waterson:Carthy, a stint in Steeleye Span, the formation of pioneering folk-brass band Brass Monkey and a key role in multi-cultural project The Imagined Village.

Clannad were formed in 1970 as a family band in rural Donegal. Siblings Ciaran, Pol, and Moya Brennan and their two twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan began performing in the family pub. Younger Brennan sister Enya, who left to pursue a successful solo career in 1981, was also a member of the group. During the 1980s, thanks largely to their popular work on the music for TV series Harry’s Game and Robin of Sherwood, Clannad became one of the world’s most successful and enduring exponents of Irish-language song.

This year’s awards will see the addition of a new element – the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will recognise the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music – someone whose impact and influence made a lasting impression.

The first entrant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Cecil Sharp – widely regarded as a key figure in laying the foundations for the modern folk revival in the early 20th century.

Tonight’s event also includes the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network’s annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK. During the ceremony’s interval, Simon Mayo will present a special on air backstage show featuring each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session, with special guest Jon Boden.”

First broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio 2, BBC Red Button TV and the BBC website, 8:00pm Wed, 19 Feb 2014

“The Genius of Bert Jansch: Folk, Blues and Beyond”  BBC Four TV 


Martin Carthy / Various Contributors

  1. Lisa Knapp & Martin Carthy: Blackwaterside

Interviews and rare archive footage weave together performances from a landmark multi-artist concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London, celebrating the songs and artistry of the great folk-blues troubadour Bert Jansch.

Ralph McTell, Robert Plant, Donovan, members of Pentangle, Bernard Butler, Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Lisa Knapp and more pay tribute to Jansch, who died in 2011. There’s also a real coup with an extraordinary performance by Neil Young of Jansch’s haunting Needle of Death, filmed at Jack White’s Nashville studio especially for the occasion.

Robert Plant shows his vocal prowess with a powerful rendition of Go Your Way My Love, joined by Jansch collaborator Bernard Butler. Martin Simpson and Danny Thompson surprise with a version of Heartbreak Hotel, a track covered by Jansch. Ralph McTell tackles the seminal Angie and Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy combine for Blackwaterside – Jansch’s arrangement of which heavily influenced Led Zep’s Black Mountain Side.

An effortlessly cool singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, Bert Jansch came to prominence in the folk clubs of the mid-1960s: the concert’s stage set recalls the legendary Les Cousins club in London’s Soho, where he was a resident artist, and the Royal Festival Hall itself was the venue for Pentangle’s first and final major gigs. Jansch galvanized a whole scene, through his solo work, as a duo with John Renbourn and with his folk-jazz supergroup Pentangle. Neil Young called him the Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar, Led Zeppelin and Paul Simon were weaned on him and younger generation musicians including Beth Orton and Johnny Marr beat a path to his door. Bert Jansch’s influence reached far and wide.

Producer: Serena Cross
Director: Janet Fraser Cook
First broadcast on BBC Four, 10pm Friday 28 March 2014


4 Responses to On Air : 2010s

  1. […] in the build-up to the event before I made yesterday’s post.  I’ll update the On Air section of the website shortly but for now you can listen to Martin and Eliza talking to Simon Mayo […]

  2. Matt Milton says:

    Love the site. Don’t know if you spotted this one – a Martin Carthy interview for ABC Radio in Australia from March 2014. It’s obtainable via searching on iTunes for Martin Carthy under “Podcasts”, but it’s also available directly via ABC radio here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/martin-carthy/5369650

    • Kevin Boyd says:

      Thanks Matt. I discovered this myself just last week and will be arranging to post the detail up here shortly. Glad you like the site. Cheers, Kev.

  3. […] the title ‘The Elfin Knight‘). More recently he’s recorded two versions for BBC radio and within the last month a new recording appeared over the closing credits of the BBC TV drama […]

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