Eliza Carthy is one of the most influential figures in the UK folk scene. With her exuberant stage presence, she re-interprets the folk tradition for a new generation. She inherited her love of English music from her famous parents. Her Dad Martin Carthy was a key figure in the first folk revival of the 1960s and 70s. He taught Paul Simon the traditional song “Scarborough Fair” and also influenced Bob Dylan. Eliza’s Mum, Norma Waterson, was part of the pioneering family harmony singing group The Watersons. Norma recently suffered a serious illness and Eliza moved back to the family home in the North Yorkshire fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay to look after her. In this episode of Folk on Foot, Eliza takes Matthew on a walk along the cliffs near her home, reflecting on her family heritage and taking him to the farm where the whole extended family used to live when she was a child. Martin, Norma and Eliza’s aunt Ann and cousin Marry gather at the kitchen table for a rousing and emotional sing.
Be inspired by Eliza Carthy’s beautiful solo interpretation of our new choral commission.
Folk singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy performs with her father Martin Carthy.
Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.
Watch Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band perform I Wish That The Wars Were All Over ft. Damien Dempsey.
Ten thousand of bluebells now welcome the spring
Oh when will the church bells of this victory ring
When do our soldiers return, when do we rejoice
And when do I wed to the love of my choice
How I wish that the wars were all over
I wish that the wars were all done.
When writing an in-depth review of an important new album, it is normal to start somewhere near the beginning, to pick a measured path through the record, to assess it as the sum of its chronological parts and to talk about those individual parts in some semblance of order. It is certainly not customary to begin with the very last words of the final track. But perhaps it should be. It is, after all, the moment the whole album has been working towards, the focal point of months, often years of work on the part of songwriters and performers. Continue reading