For more than 40 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.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine
‘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
Tom Williams 8pm - 8.30pm
Martin Carthy 8.50pm - 10.20pm
Eat before the show
Gig Food Menu
This menu is subject to change on the day
All at £9.75
Freshly made to order
Char grilled steak burger with melted mozzarella, chunky chips and onion rings
Deep fried plaice filet sandwich with tartar sauce, mange tout salad, chunky chips and crispy calamari rings
Pan fried spicy bean burger on focaccia topped with grilled Portobello mushroom and a roasted vegetable salad V
Char grilled chicken tikka served in toasted pita bread with papadoms and a yogurt, mango and mint dip
Potato wedges with garlic, lemon and thyme mayo
Mixed leaf and crunchy vegetable salad with a French mustard dressing
Seasoned chunky chips
Please order & pay for food at the bar
Food service finishes 45 min before the main act.
All our dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to order in our kitchen.
Wherever possible we use locally sourced ingredients supporting local suppliers
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