Martin Carthy (1989)

Martin Carthy after the Royalty Theatre gig, 1989.  Pic by Michael Hunter.

Martin Carthy after the Royalty Theatre gig, 1989. Pic by Michael Hunter.

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) 

www.watersoncarthy.com/id22.htm

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