Martin Carthy: 11 March 2019

12 March 2019

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 12 March 2019

It’s almost two years since my last Martin solo gig and this one was in the same venue. The Midway in Stockport is a proper old school folk club, with all the attendant pros and cons that come with grass roots music promotion. The seating was cozy to say the least, with people rammed into every available corner, and the lights took on a life of their own, deciding to stage a strike for at least 90% of the gig and only intermittently bursting into life at a few odd, unscheduled moments (see for example my Bows Of London video below at around 6:14).

The set was fairly familiar with only two items I’d not heard Martin sing before: Scarborough Fair has been back in his set recently in a version from Goatland originally learned for the BBC short drama Remember Me and there was a nice introduction referencing his experiences of that recording and his reaction to the finished version; Tea’s Made was one of only a handful of self-written songs regularly sung by Mike Waterson and it’s nice to hear Martin keeping this one alive and with Mike’s introduction/explanation pretty much entirely intact.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that Martin forgot the words to two songs during the evening: Bill Norrie missed a couple of verses (Martin stopped and gave a brief précis of the missing verses before carrying on) and The Devil And The Feathery Wife had to go without its last verse.

First Set:
The Bedmaking
Her Servant man
Scarborough Fair
When I Was A Little Boy
Nancy Of London
Bill Norrie
A Stitch In Time

Second Set:
Don’t Go In Them Lion’s Cage Tonight
Bendigo, Champion Of England
The Deserter
High Germany
My Son John
The Downfall Of Paris
Invitation To A Funeral
The Bows Of London
Young Morgan
Georgie
The Devil And The Feathery Wife
Tea’s Made

 

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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.


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 (after the set lists)…

First Set (Martin Carthy):
High Germany
Lovely Joan
Her Servant Man
Farewell Lovely Nancy
Swaggering Boney
Young Morgan
The Trees They Do Grow High
The Heroes of St. Valery
My Son John
 
Second set (Martin Simpson):
In the Pines
Delta Dreams
Reynardine
Home Again
The Plains of Waterloo
Jasper’s / Dancing Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
 
Third set (Martin Carthy and Martin Simpson):
The Downfall of Paris
Stealin’
Peanut Shoes
Princess Royal


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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