Martin Carthy

Song of the Day: Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick ... Byker Hill

Dec 2023: another update to make this a useful companion to Andrew Curry's review of the tour. And I still haven't managed to renew contact with my old mate Geoff. July 2021 update: this appeared 10 years ago today. Geoff,... Read more →

Martin Carthy on Dylan: ‘You can’t do that! It’s a musical instrument, man.’

Andrew Curry writes: It’s Bob Dylan’s birthday tomorrow, and that seems like a good reason to share some of Martin Carthy’s recollections of hanging out with Bob in London more than 60 years ago. Martin beat Bob to 83 by... Read more →

Cover Story (73): January Man

Dave Goulder’s January Man has been covered by enough artists to be considered a modern folk classic. But which version is best? We’re calling this for Christy Moore, but you might disagree. Read more →

Overpaid, oversexed, over here? 'Not a bit of it - I'm exploring British folk-rock'

Some variations of the phrase add overfed and overdressed. It goes without saying that I have no idea whether Peter Obermark was excessively remunerated when serving as a US marine in Britain in the 1970s nor indeed whether he ate... Read more →

Happy 80th Martin Carthy. And Eliza's greeting to her dad tops all

Salut! Live followed the example of Eliza Carthy in wishing her dad, the British folk legend Martin Carthy, a happy 80th birthday a few days before the actual event. In fact, his birthday is today, Friday May 21. We send... Read more →