Photo Gallery: The Watersons, 16 October 1987

16 October 2017

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 16 October 2017

In a slight departure from my usual photo gallery posts, I hope you’ll forgive my indulgence as I post a few shots from the first time I saw Martin sing live exactly 30 years ago today. This lineup of The Watersons – Mike, Lal, Norma, Rachel and Martin – operated briefly and only sporadically towards the end of the 1980s. I’ve seen several variations of the ‘Waterson Family’ in subsequent years and I’m closing in on 80 Martin Carthy gigs of various lineups and ensembles in total (I’d like to say I wasn’t counting, but I’d be lying!) but this gig remains a special memory. I happened to have a camera with me that night and although these are not my best shots I’m happy that I still have a record of the gig. The Rockingham Arms advert appeared in the Sept-Nov 1987 issue of Sheffield-based folk listings magazine Stirrings.

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Photo Gallery: Martin Carthy, 24 April 2017

27 April 2017

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 27 April 2017

Here are a few shots from when I caught up with Martin in Stockport a couple of days ago. The Midway is a regular venue that probably seats less than a hundred and has a classic folk club feel. This was a re-arranged gig after Martin had been too ill to perform two weeks earlier.

He again made a comment about “leaving things behind”, this time when introducing High Germany. The set was very similar to recent gigs but with the unusual addition of Bows Of London, played on guitar for apparently only the third time in public (as an attempt to ‘challenge himself’).

There were noticeable cracks in both his Martin and Fylde guitars which he reported were made at the hands of airport baggage handlers. I’ve tried to highlight the damage on these cropped images but they’re not very clear. All but one of these are of the Martin guitar:

First set:
Her Servant Man
High Germany
The Trees They Do Grow High
The Downfall Of Paris
When I Was A Little Boy
Sir Patrick Spens
Bill Norrie
A Stitch In Time

Second set:
Long John
The Heroes of St Valery
Oor Hamlet
Bows of London
Willie’s Lady
The Devil and the Feathery Wife
Harry Lime Theme (encore)


Photo Gallery: Carthy & Simpson, 1 July 2016

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…


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.


#MC50+ Encores

31 March 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 31 March 2016

Here’s a belated (and temporary) addendum to January’s #MC50+ post and, by extension, 2015’s #MC50 series. For 24 hours only I’m making available the encores to the 2012 Martin solo gig I posted on 1 January here.

This video will be live from midnight tonight (BST) and throughout 1 April. Blink and you’ll miss it!

Recorded live at the Rock at Maltby, 2012
Martin Carthy: Vocals, Guitar

Encore:
The Third Man Theme
The Bloody Fields of Flanders / MacGregor of Rora

 


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+ Martin Carthy: Live in Yorkshire, 2012

1 January 2016

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

First set:
Jim Jones
Green Broom
The Downfall of Paris
The Trees They Do Grow High
Sir Patrick Spens
Swaggering Boney
Limbo

Second set:
Don’t Go In Them Lions Cage Tonight
Lofty Tall Ship
The Royal Oak
Farewell Lovely Nancy
Princess Royal
The Lochmaben Harper
Johnny Sands
The Heroes of St Valery
Ruffled Park Poachers
The Devil and the Feathery Wife

Live sound: Stuart Palmer


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