#MC50 : 1983 Peel Session

1 February 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 1 February 2015

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Carthy’s debut album I’m continuing the #MC50 project where I’m creating a new YouTube video every month this year. Each video includes rare or unreleased tracks from Martin’s career.

February’s offering includes tracks from Martin’s final session for the BBC John Peel Show split over two separate videos. Please comment and share…


Martin Carthy live in 1984: New download album

18 November 2013

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 18 November 2013

On 20 October 2013 Smooth Operations Productions, through their offshoot Delphonic Music of Oldham, Lancashire, released the final in their trilogy of Martin Carthy live archive recordings. Whilst the first and second of this set dated from the early and late 1970s the new release was recorded in Whitby in 1984.

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The trilogy has provided us with a total of 20 previously unreleased live recordings, several of which feature arrangements that differ froam those on Martin’s studio recordings. Two of the songs have not been previously released by Martin while a further four have only been available outside his core discography.

The Crafty Maid’s Policy and Funeral Party (aka Invitation To A Funeral) are previously unreleased by Martin in any form.
Johnny Sands (on Live in St Albans, 1973) was on the 2011 live album The January Man: Live in Belfast, 1978 and appears on an obscure BBC transcription disc from 1978.
The False Lover Won Back (on Live in Sidmouth, 1979) was a bonus track on the 2005 Castle Music reissue of Shearwater in a version from a 1972 John Peel session.
Green Wedding (on Live in Whitby, 1984) was sung on an unreleased Peel session on 3 October 1974 and appeared on the 2011 live album The January Man: Live in Belfast, 1978.
Oor Hamlet (on Live in Whitby, 1984) has long been a live favourite and was released on the 2001 Carthy Chronicles box set as well as the limited edition Live at Ruskin Mill CD.

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Martin Carthy live in 1979: New download album

15 June 2013

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 15 June 2013

As reported in an earlier post, Delphonic Music are releasing three download-only albums of exclusive live Martin Carthy material. The second of these albums is released on Sunday 16 June. Live in Sidmouth 1979 follows on from the recent 1973 live set and contains seven more previously unreleased tracks.

VIEW “Live in Sidmouth 1979” in DISCOGRAPHY


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Martin Carthy live in 1973: New download album

2 May 2013

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.

Folk Vault 2
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.

Listen to previews on the Delphonic Music website

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VIEW “Live in St Albans, 1973” in DISCOGRAPHY

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