Martin Carthy

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Jailhouse rock: how history’s crimes live on in music
From Maggie May to Ronnie Kray, crooks have long inspired songs, as a new book proves

Duncan Campbell

05, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Paul Weller: True Meanings review – a gently introspective set

Phil Mongredien

16, Sep, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Bright Phoebus Revisited review – Watersons bring a cult classic back to life
A stirring celebration of Mike and Lal Waterson’s great lost folk album gathered daughters, sons, cousins and uncles – plus an Arcade Fire star

Kate Molleson

25, Jan, 2018 @1:05 PM

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English folk music helps us fathom our heritage of struggle
Stick in the Wheel asked musicians to record a song ‘from here’ – whatever that meant. The results told a hidden story of how oppressed people come to vote for an issue they know deep down is wrong

Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter

17, Mar, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Not talkin' bout a revolution: where are all the protest songs?
From anti-Vietnam war ballads to miner’s strike songs, folk artists have long voiced counter­cultural anger. With so much ammunition today, could folk music be about to wake from its recent docility

Jonathan Luxmoore and Christine Ellis

22, Feb, 2016 @12:27 PM

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Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick review – folk titans join forces
The longtime collaborators showed their ease with each other as they moved smoothly between traditional and modern duets

Robin Denselow

18, Feb, 2016 @12:39 PM

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Various Artists: Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl review – an engrossing portrait
This centenary collection of Ewan MacColl covers serves brilliantly to show off his songwriting skills

Neil Spencer

25, Oct, 2015 @8:00 AM

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Ten Thousand Times Adieu review – beautiful old songs sung with love
‘Bobstock’, in honour of the folk singer Bob Copper, assembled a fine and exciting lineup featuring Shirley Collins, Linda Thompson, Robin Dransfield and Martin Carthy, writes Colin Irwin

Colin Irwin

25, Jan, 2015 @4:07 PM

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Ewan MacColl: the godfather of folk who was adored – and feared
Ewan MacColl was a leftwing firebrand who instigated the 60s folk revival. On the centenary of his birth, family, friends and fans recall an inspirational figure

Neil Spencer

25, Jan, 2015 @8:00 AM

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Topic Records at 75 review – passion and enthusiasm shine through

Norma Waterson's superb performance will linger in the memory, but the UK's most distinguished folk label deserves a bigger celebration, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

25, Aug, 2014 @11:49 AM

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Martin and Eliza Carthy review – folk music at its best

The folk father and daughter's first outing as a duo counterpoints their voices, guitar and fiddle to enthralling effect, writes John Lewis

John Lewis

10, Jun, 2014 @3:42 PM

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Martin & Eliza Carthy: The Moral of the Elephant review – ease and delight

The father-and-daughter folk stars' first album as a duo is a brave and anything but predictable, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

29, May, 2014 @8:40 PM

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