9 April 2017
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 9 April 2017
Fledg’ling Records will release a newly-remastered version of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick’s rare 1967 EP “No Songs” for UK Record Store Day (RSD) on 22 April 2017. “No Songs” has been one of Carthy’s harder to find releases and this is the first time it has been reissued in its entirety since 1967. Only a couple of tracks have received limited release on CD.
The new version will feature a facsimile reproduction of the original front-laminated, flipback outer sleeve and a new inner sleeve illustrated with rare photographs. The limited edition 50th anniversary release commemorates the life of Carthy’s long-term musical partner Swarb, who died in 2016.
As with all RSD releases this will only be available to buy in person on 22 April at participating UK stores but unsold copies of previous RSD releases from both Fledg’ling and Topic Records have been made available to buy online shortly after the actual day.
VIEW “No Songs” in DISCOGRAPHY
22 January 2017
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 22 January 2017
Here are a few shots from Martin’s gig at the historic Band On The Wall in Manchester last night. An interesting gig in that he mentioned during the second half that he’s not made an album in ten years (actually, it’s closer to 13!) and that the frustrating thing about making albums is that you end up “leaving things behind” so he’s been actively revisiting some older material in recent times. This led to him playing Bruton Town, which I’ve never heard him play before, and High Germany, which he’s had in his current set on-and-off for a couple of years. None of this is new as he revisits old material consistently but I also recall that he played Streets Of Forbes (which he named ‘Ben Hall’) at his 2015 Band On The Wall gig so I wonder if this is a long preamble to some sort of recording project where he revisits older material. I could ask him of course, but where’s the fun in that?
Her Servant Man
The Trees They Do Grow High
Sir Patrick Spens
The Downfall Of Paris
A Stitch In Time
Don’t Go In Them Lion’s Cage Tonight
My Son John
Funeral Party (Invitation To A Funeral)
The Devil And The Feathery Wife (encore)
9 January 2017
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 9 January 2017
I’ve just returned from this year’s NormaFest, the Carthy/Waterson family get-together in Whitby that celebrates the work of family matriarch Norma Waterson, and it was a fantastic celebration of family, friendship, and tradition. I was ‘off duty’ and didn’t catch everything as I was taking it easy due to illness but luckily NorthernSky‘s Allan Wilkinson captured the whole weekend in vivid detail with his trusty SLR and described everything in his detailed review. Please check out Allan’s review on Northern Sky and photo album on Flikr.
9 December 2016
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 9 December 2016
Eliza Carthy just posted this update on Normafest 2017, which takes place in Whitby, North Yorkshire on the first weekend of January. I’ll be there and will try to post some updates on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend. I hope some of you can make it too – it’s going to be a fantastic weekend. Here’s Eliza…
Good morning friends!
Normafest is a non-profit festival celebrating and supporting one of the greatest singers in the UK. Look at this year’s bill! Then please share, and do join us.
This year Friday begins in the afternoon, and we go through until midnight on Saturday with concerts, chats, and film. This year we’re also adding food, both local and in the form of our dear friend Hardeep who will be cooking. It’s going to be special.
Share, come, rejoice…
2 October 2016
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 2 October 2015
Here’s another video of the Crosley Cruiser record player. This is the single version of “The Bonny Lass of Anglesey” from 1976.
Martin Carthy: Vocals, guitar
Tony Cox: Synthesiser
“Palaces of Gold”
Released in the UK 1976 by Topic Records STOP 7002
Also on the album “Crown Of Horn”
First released in the UK 1976 by Topic Records 12TS300
25 September 2016
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 25 September 2015
Here’s a video I just made of me playing the single version of Norma’s “Red Wine and Promises” on my new Crosley Cruiser record player.
Norma Waterson: Vocals
Martin Carthy: Guitar
Written by Lal Waterson
c/w “Rubber Band”
Released in the UK 1972 by Transatlantic Records BIG 507
From the album “Bright Phoebus”
Released in the UK 1972 by Trailer Records LES 2076
4 July 2016
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 4 July 2016
Martin Carthy and Martin Simpson have been friends and have worked together for many years, most notably in the The Four Martins quartet (aka ‘Martins 4’). They have also played the occasional – very occasional – gig together over recent years. Roots Music Club in Doncaster have been trying to get their schedules to coincide for several months and were finally able to get them together on the same night on 1 July 2016. Here are a few shots from that gig…