It’s no exaggeration to call Martin Carthy a legend of English folk music. He has toured Australia several times throughout the years, whether it be solo, his duo with Dave Swarbrick or as part of Waterson:Carthy. Unfortunately, his current work with The Imagined Village hasn’t made it to this part of the world for a live performance yet.
However, back on March 17 1989, Martin played the Royalty Theatre in Adelaide and kindly gave permission for the gig to be recorded for Roots & Branches (or Rambling Folk as it was known at the time)! This was in fact the first live recording we made – not a bad place to start…
Here are a few highlights from that performance. Martin later recorded The Handweaver & The Factory Maid with both Brass Monkey and The Imagined Village, but never officially released a solo version, making this quite a rarity.
The Handweaver & The Factory Maid (trad)
Bill Norrie (trad)
The Siege Of Delhi (trad)