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.




Normafest 2017

9 December 2016

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 9 December 2016


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…

Martin Carthy live in 1984: New download album

18 November 2013

Posted by Kevin Boyd, 18 November 2013

On 20 October 2013 Smooth Operations Productions, through their offshoot Delphonic Music of Oldham, Lancashire, released the final in their trilogy of Martin Carthy live archive recordings. Whilst the first and second of this set dated from the early and late 1970s the new release was recorded in Whitby in 1984.

VIEW ” Live in Whitby 1984″ in DISCOGRAPHY


The trilogy has provided us with a total of 20 previously unreleased live recordings, several of which feature arrangements that differ froam those on Martin’s studio recordings. Two of the songs have not been previously released by Martin while a further four have only been available outside his core discography.

The Crafty Maid’s Policy and Funeral Party (aka Invitation To A Funeral) are previously unreleased by Martin in any form.
Johnny Sands (on Live in St Albans, 1973) was on the 2011 live album The January Man: Live in Belfast, 1978 and appears on an obscure BBC transcription disc from 1978.
The False Lover Won Back (on Live in Sidmouth, 1979) was a bonus track on the 2005 Castle Music reissue of Shearwater in a version from a 1972 John Peel session.
Green Wedding (on Live in Whitby, 1984) was sung on an unreleased Peel session on 3 October 1974 and appeared on the 2011 live album The January Man: Live in Belfast, 1978.
Oor Hamlet (on Live in Whitby, 1984) has long been a live favourite and was released on the 2001 Carthy Chronicles box set as well as the limited edition Live at Ruskin Mill CD.

Download in iTunes
Listen to previews on the Delphonic Music website

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