New website: The Martin Carthy Broadcast Archive

1 January 2018

For the past couple of months I’ve been working on a new Martin Carthy website which is now live.

The Martin Carthy Broadcast Archive is an attempt to catalogue six decades of radio and TV appearances and to preserve the available recordings if they are not currently available commercially or otherwise in the public domain. It’s very much a work in progress and there’s lots still to be done (so be gentle with me) but this launch video should give you an idea of what it will include.

#MC50 : ‘Nothing Rhymed’ with Jools Holland

2 March 2015

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 2 March 2015

The third of my #MC50 YouTube videos, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin’s debut album, is a unique recording from 2011 featuring Martin singing his version of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Nothing Rhymed with Jools Holland and his orchestra. This one-off recording comes from a 2011 edition of Jools’ BBC radio 2 show:

The original show also included an extended interview with Martin that you can listen to here:

Audience tickets for BBC Mastertapes recording

29 May 2013

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 29 May 2013


Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy are due to record an episode of the BBC Radio 4 show Mastertapes at Maida Vale studios in West London on Tuesday 11 June. Tickets to be in the audience are free but must be applied for in advance via the BBC website. There is no indication at this stage when the completed programme will be aired but if it follows the pattern of the first series in 2012 and the current series which started this week there will be two 30-minute programmes broadcast on consecutive days (Monday and Tuesday) on BBC Radio 4 and then made available to listen via BBC iPlayer. Video clips of some performances are also usually made available on the BBC website.

I’ll update this page when more broadcast details are available and the provide Soundcloud files of the complete programmes after they have been aired via the On Air section of this website.

Click here to go to the Mastertapes website

UPDATE (12/06/13)

Tickets are no longer available but broadcast dates and times have now been confirmed as follows:

“A-Side” is at 11pm on Monday 17 June
“B-Side” in at 3.30pm on Tuesday 18 June

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