NormaFest reviewed

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.

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Normafest 2017

9 December 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 9 December 2016

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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…
Xxxe


Photo Gallery: Martin & Eliza, 2 June 2016

5 June 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 5 June 2016

A handful of shots from Martin and Eliza’s recent gig at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.


NORMAFEST: A message from Eliza

3 January 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 3 January 2016

Dear friends,

Normafest is coming up this weekend, Friday and Saturday, and as a family we have a small favour to ask please. Even if you’re not coming (you should, by the way, as it’s going to be ace ;-)) could you please share our link below? It would mean a great deal to us. This event is our loving attempt to keep mam singing without the need to travel, which as you know has caused her such pain in the past. The artists on the bill are giving their time for almost nothing, this is completely non-profit.

Tickets are selling well and we are over our ‘break even’ point for staging the event, but it would be great now to see that our generous musician friends and family get paid a decent amount of money! One last push this week will really help this family, and maybe help us to stage this for years to come, to celebrate our gorgeous mam and her singular talent.

Happy New Year everybody. And please do come if you can, it’s really going to be very special.

x Eliza

https://www.facebook.com/events/962378263799415/

http://www.scarboroughspa.co.uk/events/Normafest-January-2016

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#MC50 : Waterson:Carthy “Frost & Fire Live” 2006

8 December 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 8 December 2015

This is the last of my #MC50 videos featuring rare live and studio tracks sourced from my personal archive of radio recordings, mostly from the late-80s onwards. It’s an appropriately seasonal recording from Waterson:Carthy’s 2006 ‘Frost & Fire’ tour. The Devil’s Interval feature heavily (their ‘Quern Song remains unreleased officially to the best of my knowledge) and this was Tim van Eyken’s last full tour with the band.

I’ve published a different recording each month during 2015 to celebrate 50 years since the release of Martin’s first solo album and it has been interesting revisiting some of them. I’ve tried to include a representative cross-section of solo, duo, group and family recordings. Some of the audio has been in less-than-pristine condition but everything has had its merits to some extent and I think it’s been worth including all of them for one reason or another.

There have been some fairly obvious omissions – the numerous appearances to promote Martin and Eliza’s recent duo album and tour, for instance – and I still have a lot more recordings than I haven’t had the chance to publish so for that reason I’ve decided to continue this series into next year and beyond. The only difference is that I’ll only be publishing on an ad hoc basis rather than strictly once a month.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the videos I’ve published so far and I look forward to your continued support into 2006.

Merry Christmas. Kev.


Martin & Eliza US tour dates in April

24 February 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 24 February 2015

I don’t usually post tour details here as Martin tends to gig and tour almost constantly. However, as Martin and Eliza have recently announced a handful of US tour dates – their first official US tour as a duo and the first major US visit for either in several years – I thought it would be worth posting the details to alert our US readers who often comment here and on Facebook or Twitter that they have little or no opportunities to see Martin live.

Martin and Eliza in 2014. Photo: Kevin Boyd

More dates may yet be announced but dates and venues at the time of posting are given below. Please refer to Eliza’s website for any new dates or updated details.

If you’re lucky enough to make one of these shows and would like me to post your reviews, photos or comments please email me at kevin.boyd.1@gmail.com

3 April
Charles Theater@ Sweetwater Union High School
2900 Highland Avenue National City, CA

4 April
McCabes
3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

5 April
The Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison ST, Berkeley, CA 94704

6 April
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
6275 HWY 9, Felton, CA

8 April
Johnny D’s
17 Holland Street Davis Square Somerville, MA

10 April
St Johns Church
81 Christopher Street, New York , NY

11 April
Crossroads Music Series
801 S. 48th ST. , Philadelphia, PA

12 April
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864

13 April
Parlor Room @ Signature Sounds
32 Masonic Street Northampton, MA

15 April
Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

16 April
Old Songs Concert Series
Old Songs, INC., 37 S Main St., Vorheesville, NY

17 April
Rosendale Cafe
Rosendale

18 April
All Souls Interfaith Gathering
491 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, VT491 Bostwick Farm Rd., S


Vote for Martin & Eliza in the BBC Folk Awards

8 February 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 8 February 2015

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Martin and Eliza’s 2014 album The Moral of the Elephant has been nominated in the Best Album category in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards.

Surprisingly, there are no nominations for Best Duo or Best Traditional Track but the Best Album category is decided by a public vote so you can add your support by clicking here or on the image above and voting before midnight on 13 February (UK time).

If you haven’t heard the album you can find out more from the Topic records EPK below…

The full list of nominees can be found here.


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