8 February 2015
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 8 February 2015
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.
22 February 2014
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 22 February 2014
The thing about actually being at the BBC Folk Awards is that you tend to miss out not only on the TV and radio broadcasts of the awards themselves but also on the various peripheral pre- and post-awards shows that support the main event. Partly for this reason and partly because I had spent several hours travelling back to the north of England on the day after the awards I hadn’t managed to actually listen to any of Simon Mayo’s now traditional Drive Time broadcast in the build-up to the event before I made yesterday’s post. Nor had I been able to check out the BBC iPlayer for any additional appearances. I’ve had a chance to do that now, so here is Martin on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Martin and Eliza talking to Simon Mayo and singing two exclusive live versions of songs from their forthcoming duo album “The Moral Of The Elephant“, The Queen Of Hearts and Happiness. In what is turning out to be a busy few days I’ll shortly be posting about an exciting development regarding the latter track so I suggest you check back after the weekend.
20 February 2014
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 20 February 2014
I mentioned in an earlier post that Martin Carthy was due to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards and the award was presented by Jarvis Cocker at the ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night. During the course of the evening Martin and Eliza performed “Died For Love” from their forthcoming Topic Records album “The Moral Of The Elephant” as well as contributing instrumental and vocal backing to Peggy Seeger’s tribute to her late brother Pete on “Quite Early Morning”. Here are a few photographs and videos from the evening taken of the BBC Radio 2 website:
29 January 2014
Posted by Kevin Boyd, 29 January 2014
BBC Radio 2 this week announced that Martin Carthy will be one of two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at the 2014 Folk Awards.
The award will be presented at the ceremony being held at the Royal Albert Hall on 19 February. Irish band Clannad will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award while the Cambridge Folk Festival will receive the Good Tradition Award and Cecil Sharp will be the first inductee into the new Hall of Fame.
Martin says: “I’ve just been lucky enough to follow my heart and pretty much do what I want over the past 50 years or so. If, along the way, I’ve been able to play a part, however small, in keeping the traditional music of these islands alive, then I consider myself a fortunate man.”
Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music Bob Shennan says: “The Radio 2 Folk Awards exist to celebrate the very best in folk music. Clannad and Martin Carthy have made magnificent contributions to folk music over the years and are thoroughly deserving of these prestigious accolades. Many congratulations to them.”
Martin and Eliza will perform at the awards ceremony which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 between 8pm and 10.30pm on 19 February. Previous ceremonies have also been shown live on TV and online via the BBC red button service with highlights available for some time afterwards but no TV broadcast details for the 2014 awards are available at present.
BBC Folk Awards website
Martin Carthy York Press interview