We are deeply honoured to welcome Martin & Eliza Carthy to Ramsgate.
Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.
“Martin Carthy is arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all” – Q Magazine
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material.
Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.
“Martin and Eliza Carthy: folk music at its best” – The Guardian
“Martin 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
“Eliza Carthy is one of the figureheads of the English folk revival … compelling” – Evening Standard