Posted by Kevin Boyd, 1 January 2016
As an addendum to my 2015 #MC50 posts and a thank you to everyone who has supported this site during the last year by commenting on my posts or by sharing and retweeting my videos and comments on Facebook and Twitter I’m posting a bonus clip just in time for the new year. Or rather, to keep things more manageable I’m splitting the audio and posting two clips!
These two videos represent the entire first and second halves of Martin’s solo set at the now-defunct Rock at Maltby folk club in South Yorkshire in 2012. From some of the comments and emails I receive I’m aware that not everyone visiting this site has an opportunity to see Martin live on a regular basis (or ever, in many cases) so hopefully this will give a flavour of the live experience in extended form. The two clips are a fair representation of his recent solo sets, with a selection of songs spanning the entirety of his career, a handful of instrumentals and a couple of so-far unrecorded oddities
The recording is straight from the mixing desk so the sound quality is excellent (with very little audience audio) and I’ve left it more-or-less intact so you’ll hear complete introductions, the odd false start and Martin’s characteristic tuning up. In fact, you may notice that this is the gig from which I sourced the audio for my earlier video “Martin Carthy Tunes Up”!
Incidentally, the Rock at Maltby may be no more but it’s replacement in the form of the Roots Music Club, Doncaster is still going strong. Find details of their upcoming gigs here.
Enjoy the clips and have a great New Year.
Recorded live at the Rock at Maltby, 2012
Martin Carthy: Vocals, Guitar
The Downfall of Paris
The Trees They Do Grow High
Sir Patrick Spens
Don’t Go In Them Lions Cage Tonight
Lofty Tall Ship
The Royal Oak
Farewell Lovely Nancy
The Lochmaben Harper
The Heroes of St Valery
Ruffled Park Poachers
The Devil and the Feathery Wife
Live sound: Stuart Palmer