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Folk - Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy is the Elvis Presley of British folk music. A brilliant guitarist and fine singer, his voice is spoken about in hushed tones by the cognoscenti of traditional music. His influence is huge, and not just on the folk scene. A young Bob Dylan saw him on a trip to London in the early sixties, and rearranged his song ‘Lord Franklin’ into ‘Bob Dylan’s Dream’. Paul Simon borrowed his ‘Scarborough Fair’ and turned it into a smash hit for Simon and Garfunkel. Carthy’s fame rose along with the folk revival of the early sixties - and throughout the decade he became a fixture at the world-famous Troubadour Club in Earls Court. He has carried on making records and touring prodigiously ever since.

Carthy has a distinctive voice (slightly nasal) and guitar style (alternative tunings; interestingly percussive), and to appreciate his talents fully he is best seen playing solo, as he will be this week at the Oak. He also tours and plays with a number of other artists, among them his wife Norma and daughter Eliza. Other collaborators include John Kirkpatrick, Dave Swarbrick and, for the 2002 project ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Bono, Sting and Bryan Adams. He has won a cupboard full of BBC Radio 2 folk awards. This is the major folk happening of the year in Lewes (as it was last year, and the year before). Our advice? Arrive early if you want to get a place.

Martin Carthy: there’s nout queer as folk heroes

The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes
When? 8pm
How Much? £6
(t) 01273 478124
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