Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band: I Wish the Wars Were All Over

Eliza Carthy

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.

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Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band: Big Machine


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

Eliza Carthy interview – The Mouth Magazine

THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM FROM ELIZA CARTHY AND THE WAYWARD BAND IS AN EXTREMELY DYNAMIC REMINDER THAT THOUGH SHE MAY HAVE KEPT ONE FOOT IN THE FOLK CAMP DURING THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, SHE’S ALWAYS USED THE OTHER TO EXPLORE THE ELSEWHERE.

BIG MACHINE will be released on 3rd February 2017. It’s perhaps Eliza Carthy’s strongest record to date – certainly her most focused and resonant, being an expansive and compassionate treatise on some serious current issues. […]

Listen to the interview: ELIZA CARTHY | The Mouth Magazine

Interview: Eliza Carthy 

Here’s a recent audio interview with the always interesting Eliza Carthy, courtesy of M Magazine.
It’s been a quite few years since I saw Eliza Carthy perform (2002, at New Bedford Whaling Museum, along with her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson). I remember young Eliza and her mom singing a beautiful “The Lowlands of Holland,” and the full clan closing with an a cappella “Stars in My Crown.” I’ve always wondered about the meaning of that traditional Methodist hymn. The singer contemplates arriving in Heaven and meeting her Saviour. She then admits, “It would sweeten my bliss in the city of gold, Should there be any stars in my crown.” So, you’re in Heaven, greeted by your Saviour, and you even have your own crown on your head. Yet, you need … just … one … more … thing. Brilliant! [ – Johnny Foreigner – ]

Folk star Eliza Carthy let us in on her PRS for Music Foundation commission for the upcoming New Music Biennial 2017…

Source: Interview: Eliza Carthy – M Magazine