Martin Carthy to play gig in Whitby

28 Folkpl'Martin Carthy
28 Folkpl'Martin Carthy

ROBIN Hood’s Bay folk singer Martin Carthy will play a gig at Whitby’s quirky La Rosa Hotel later this month.

Martin has been hailed as arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all by Q Magazine.

For more than 40 years 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.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums.

Whether in the folk clubs which he continues to champion, 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 acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material, Martin always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position.

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.

The gig will be on Thursday 28 February at 8pm, doors 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 and include spiced cider on arrival.