The legend that is Martin Carthy won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014, and he is playing the Ards International Guitar Festival this Sunday 10th April in the Queen’s Hall.
With five decades on the road, this will not be his first time in Northern Ireland but it will be his first at the festival in Newtownards. In that time he has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures.
His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. And if you get the chance to speak with him, don’t be shy, he welcomes people asking him about his very unique tuning technique!
Trailblazing partnerships with Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums.
Whether in the folk clubs, on the concert stage or making TV appearances, there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking guitarist and authoritative interpreter of new
Stevie Scullion aka Malojian material. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
For this concert, Martin will share the limelight with two of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary songwriters, Matt McGinn and Stevie Scullion (aka Malojian), who will perform as a duo, offering harmonies and accompaniment on each other’s material.
Both artists have a strong track record, including peerless reputations as live performers and guitarists, and writers of exceptional material – showcased most recently by Matt McGinn’s Latter Day Sinner (one of the Daily Telegraph’s Best Folk Albums of 2015), and Malojian’s Southlands (shortlisted for the 2015 Northern Ireland Music Prize).
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