FOR more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators and, at times, a quietly controversial figure.
The folk legend, who has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon, has just announced a concert this October at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.
His skill has won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, his wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums. Martin has recorded 10 solo albums, of which Waiting for Angels was the latest.
Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed ‘Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC2) there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.
‘Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ – Q Magazine
He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers’ – The Telegraph
His concert at the Marine Theatre will be held on Monday, October 22 with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £14 in advance or £16.50 on the door with a 10% discount for Theatre Friends. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com