The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival

The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival

by Martin Carthy


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The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival

It would be far too easy to simply call this the definitive Martin Carthy compilation. Given its length -- four CDs plus a CD-ROM -- it would seem to cover all the high spots. In fact, it goes far deeper, looking at his career not chronologically, but splitting the albums into Classic Carthy, Carthy in Company, Carthy Contemporaries, and Child: Carthy. It's an approach that works well and which also discovers plenty of hidden gems that have never seen the light of day before, from early live performances to tracks by his first band, Three City Four, that have never been reissued on CD. It all underscores the fact that Carthy is a major force in English -- and British -- folk music, someone who deserves every plaudit he's ever been given, whether for his understated guitar technique or his thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs, illustrated here on the first and last discs. And while his reputation rests heavily on that traditional arrangement of material, he's done a good share of modern work, too, whether his own, all-too-infrequent compositions like "Company Policy," Dylan, Richard Thompson, or even Gilbert O'Sullivan. From solo work to duets with fiddler Dave Swarbrick, the bold Brass Monkey, and Waterson:Carthy, the man plowed a lot of furrows and the compilers of this set have gone over them all with a very fine-toothed comb. Add to that an excellent booklet, and one has an outstanding set and a well-deserved tribute to one of the great folk figures.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2001
Label: Free Reed Imports
UPC: 5016700916027
catalogNumber: 60


Disc 1

  1. Scarborough Fair
  2. Byker Hill
  3. Cold, Haily, Windy Night
  4. Skewbald
  5. Creeping Jane
  6. Old Horse
  7. A Question of Sport
  8. Lovely Joan
  9. The Maid and the Palmer
  10. Begging Song
  11. I Was a Young Man
  12. Prince Heathen
  13. Prickle Holly Bush
  14. Lord Franklin
  15. Lemady/Arise and Pick a Posy
  16. Famous Flower of Serving Men
  17. Glorishears

Disc 2

  1. New St. George
  2. Carthy's March/The Lemon Tree
  3. I Haven't Told Her, She Hasn't Told Me
  4. My Girl
  5. Boys of Bedlam
  6. Oh, Had I a Golden Thread
  7. Anc Song (Azicatal)
  8. Wimoweh
  9. Young Banker
  10. The Postman's Knock
  11. Constant Billy
  12. Lakes of Cold Flynn
  13. Irish Washerwoman/Ash Plant
  14. Arthur McBride
  15. The Royal Forester/Bald-Headed End of the Broom
  16. Nafarroa
  17. The Wren
  18. The King
  19. Joy Health Love and Peace
  20. Hunting the Wren
  21. Hunting the Cutty Wren
  22. Byker Hill

Disc 3

  1. Nothing Rhymed
  2. Lord of the Dance
  3. Rivers of Babylon (Babalon)
  4. History Lesson
  5. January Man
  6. Ballad of Alfie Hinds
  7. The Humane Turnkey, Pt. 2
  8. Farewell, Farewell
  9. Dust to Dust
  10. Stitch in Time
  11. Trimdon Grange
  12. Palaces of Gold
  13. Springhill Mine Disaster
  14. Coal Not Dole
  15. Perfumes of Arabia
  16. Such a War Has Never Been
  17. The Wife of the Soldier
  18. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  19. The Ant and the Grasshopper
  20. Company Policy
  21. On a Monday Morning
  22. Rave On
  23. Oor Hamlet
  24. The Harry Lime Theme (Third Man Theme)

Disc 4

  1. Jack Orion
  2. The Seven Virgins (Leaves of Life)
  3. Duncan and Brady
  4. Geordie
  5. Sir Patrick Spens
  6. King Henry
  7. Sovay the Female Highwayman
  8. Man of Newlyn Town
  9. The Bows of London
  10. Lucy Wan
  11. Lord Randall
  12. The Whale Catchers
  13. Rufford Park Poachers
  14. John Barleycorn
  15. Hard Times of Old England
  16. Hard Cheese of Old England
  17. Over the Hills and Far Away
  18. The Farmer's Servant
  19. False Knight on the Road
  20. The Elfin Knight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Carthy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Albion Band   Track Performer
Bert Jansch   Track Performer
June Tabor   Track Performer
Blue Murder   Track Performer
Brass Monkey   Track Performer
Ashley Hutchings   Track Performer
Rory and Alex McEwen   Track Performer
Leon Rosselson   Track Performer
Barker   Track Performer
Howard (Jimmy) Evans   Track Performer
Lisa Turner   Track Performer
Lal Waterson   Track Performer
Mike Waterson   Track Performer
Band of Hope   Track Performer
Eliza Carthy   Fiddle
Norma Waterson   Triangle
Saul Rose   Vocals,Melodeon
John Brunton   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Whitehead   Tuba
Oskorri   Track Performer
Rachel Waterson   Track Performer
Three City Four   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peter Bellamy   Engineer
Martin Carthy   Arranger
John Kirkpatrick   Arranger
Dave Swarbrick   Liner Notes
Steeleye Span   Arranger
Watersons   Arranger
Norman Petty   Composer
Natalie Budelis   Engineer
John Chelew   Producer
Edward Haber   Engineer
John Peel   Liner Notes
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Prior   Arranger
Neil Wayne   Producer,Liner Notes
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Swan   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Oliver Knight   Engineer

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