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Martin Carthy
Martin Carthy
Martin Carthy
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Martin Carthy had already made a name for himself in the English folk revival when he made his first album. The songs--all traditional except Ewan MacColl's "Springhill Mine Disaster"--come from all the British Isles. What...  more »

      
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All Artists: Martin Carthy
Title: Martin Carthy
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Topic Records
Release Date: 4/10/1996
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Celtic New Age
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 5016272340022, 501627234002

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Martin Carthy had already made a name for himself in the English folk revival when he made his first album. The songs--all traditional except Ewan MacColl's "Springhill Mine Disaster"--come from all the British Isles. What distinguishes him is his voice; Carthy doesn't just sing, he inhabits a song, making it fresh and relevant. The guitar playing, though good, hasn't yet become distinctive. Probably the most notable track here is "Scarborough Fair," which Paul Simon borrowed, virtually intact, to help make Simon and Garfunkel into household names. It's still the sound of a young man, a scholar of the traditions, who has yet to really find himself, but who obviously has something very special to offer the world. --Chris Nickson
 

CD Reviews

A nice debut from a future trad legend
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 10/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"On his first album, the young Martin Carthy shows some of the same callow declarativenes of the American folkies; he hasn't quite moved into an Eric Anderson smoothness; perhaps he's closer to Tom Paxton on the suave-o-meter. A very serious, but very talented, young man. True to form, the material is all traditional (except for one Ewan MacColl song), and it's the same stark style he would continue to hone and perfect over the decades, only here it may be a little more accessible since he hasn't gotten the craggy old-man vibe down pat. Dave Swarbrick plays violin on several tunes, but hasn't picked up equal billing with Carthy on the album cover."