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« on: January 07, 2013, 10:13:51 AM »

BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs. Martin Carthy. 13th Jan http://bbc.in/138oGI4

Should be interesting - anyone like to take a punt on what he might select?
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2021, 09:01:17 PM »

Didn't think it was worth starting a new thread but here's a pic of Martin and Norma just up on FB posted by Marry Waterson.  I found it very poignant...a lovely picture yet I was also shocked at how frail they both look.


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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2021, 09:51:47 PM »

Just Wikipedia’d, and was surprised that Martin is 80. What a talent and family he has!
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2021, 11:50:43 PM »

Norma's 82 and has suffered severe illness in the past several years.

Martin looked frail when I saw him at Swansea Uni 4 or 5 years ago.

I'm glad they're still going.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2021, 09:29:40 AM »

Martin is playing a concert locally with Eliza in a couple of weeks. Must get a ticket as who knows if it might not be the last opportunity...
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2021, 10:27:12 AM »

Way back in the 70s I saw him take an absolute age to tune and retune his guitar on stage and getting more than a little bit annoyed with himself. However, I also recall seeing Martin with John Kirkpatrick in Barry about 4 or 5 years ago. He was in a talkative mood after the concert and was taken aback when I said I loved his version of 'Nothing Rhymed' from his album 'Because It's There'. Age seemed to have mellowed him. All in all he came across as a lovely man.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2021, 02:30:48 PM »


Way back in the 70s I saw him take an absolute age to tune and retune his guitar on stage and getting more than a little bit annoyed with himself. However, I also recall seeing Martin with John Kirkpatrick in Barry about 4 or 5 years ago. He was in a talkative mood after the concert and was taken aback when I said I loved his version of 'Nothing Rhymed' from his album 'Because It's There'. Age seemed to have mellowed him. All in all he came across as a lovely man.


I also love that song, and I'd not heard the original when I first heard Martin's version. Because Its' There and Out of the Cut are two of my favourite albums of his. There's something about the guitar sound, and his singing was much less nasally than his 70s records.

I remember the first time I saw Martin Carthy was with Swarb at the Fylde Folk Festival in 1991. He was struggling to tune his mandolin and in the end just gave up and handed it to Swarb.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2021, 02:36:31 PM »

I was told by a friend that Martin's problem with tuning was due to the fact that he has 'perfect pitch', so if it is only slightly off he can hear it, even if no-one else can. I have no idea if that's true, but it would explain a lot.
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2021, 02:50:34 PM »


Way back in the 70s I saw him take an absolute age to tune and retune his guitar on stage and getting more than a little bit annoyed with himself. However, I also recall seeing Martin with John Kirkpatrick in Barry about 4 or 5 years ago. He was in a talkative mood after the concert and was taken aback when I said I loved his version of 'Nothing Rhymed' from his album 'Because It's There'. Age seemed to have mellowed him. All in all he came across as a lovely man.


I saw him around 10 years ago in London and I sheepishly asked him at half-time if he did any requests. He asked for what and I replied "Prince Heathen", to which he went "Yeah, alright". When he started introducing the song we applauded and he shouted "Don't do that yet - it could be ****!".
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2021, 04:44:15 PM »

Eliza retweeted this a couple of days ago. They had a bit of a sing after the plaque was unveiled. There's a video clip on @angus_young61's page. It's in Hull in case you're wondering.







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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2021, 10:23:31 PM »

One of the best gigs I've ever been to was about ten years ago, probably more, it was Norma and Martin with Chris Parkinson on accordion, in the old folk club that Vic and Tina Smith used to run in Lewes.

It's difficult to describe the totality of that night, the musicianship, the scale of the songs they were performing, the warmth and love from the audience, the stark perfection of the venue, it was just one of those magical evenings that I will always remember.

Norma sang with open arms and we all embraced her, I'll never forget that bond she made between the three of them and all of us.

I've seen MC with Swarb, astounding is the best word for that.

Martin Carthy on a solo gig floored an audience like I've never seen before, he did it armed only with a small bodied Martin guitar, no Les Pauls and Marshall stacks needed, no pressure wave flapping your shirt from the pa, just him and a song, albeit a long song with a body count.
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