Martin Carthy

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Norma Waterson was one of folk’s greatest voices – and greatest people
The British folk singer, who has died aged 82, was proud of the music she made – and her warmth as well as her toughness sang loudly in her songs

Jude Rogers

31, Jan, 2022 @3:30 PM

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Carthy folk dynasty appeals for financial support after income ‘dried up’ during pandemic
Eliza Carthy said her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson were ‘struggling to survive’ after Covid-19 left them without revenues from live performances

Laura Snapes

13, Jan, 2022 @4:19 PM

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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
(Parlophone)

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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From Here: English Folk Field Recordings review – 17 intimate performances
(Stick in the Wheel)

Neil Spencer

12, Mar, 2017 @8:00 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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Blood and Roses: The Songs of Ewan MacColl review – loving tribute to a legend
The Unthanks and Seth Lakeman join a stellar lineup to mark the centenary of one of folk’s most celebrated – and controversial – heroes

Colin Irwin

10, Nov, 2015 @1:25 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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