Tagged with Martin Carthy

UK Music’s Big Bang

The other day I was listening to Tom Robinson talking to Martin Carthy on the importance of Lonnie Donegan’s song The Rock Island Line. I knew it had a big impact on bands such as the  Beatles, but  according to Carthy, on British music as a whole. Before this, music on British radio was lots … Continue reading

Behaving Like A Sailor – Or Not

Last night I went to see one of my favourite musicians – Eliza Carthy, daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterstone, the British equivalent of the Cash family. she is a brilliant singer, strong and pure and fiddle player and was joined by her good friend, American Tim Erikson. I’d never thought of how the … Continue reading

English Folk Music

With the phenomenon of Mumford & Sons, we are in the midst of yet another folk revival, and last night’s episode of Stuart Maconie’s ‘Peoples Songs’ did a great potted history of it. Louis Armstrong was cited with his ‘All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song’. Which is … Continue reading

Songs About Ships and Sailors

Songs About Ships and Sailors

I am interested in the few remaining dangerous professions, hence my  earlier post about coalmining. So here’s another group about ships and the men who sailed them. Shipbuilding was for centuries a huge industry in this country – the harbourside of Bristol was lined with shipyards; timber for them came in from mostly the Baltic. Bark … Continue reading