The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival

Martin Carthy

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The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival Review

by Chris Nickson

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.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Martin Carthy feat: The Albion Band 04:24 Amazon
2 Martin Carthy feat: Band of Hope 04:29 Amazon
3
Martin Carthy feat: Dave Swarbrick 01:19 Amazon
4
Martin Carthy feat: Rory and Alex McEwen / Lisa Turner 02:34 Amazon
5 Martin Carthy feat: Steeleye Span 04:20 Amazon
6 Martin Carthy feat: Three City Four 02:58 Amazon
7 Martin Carthy feat: Blue Murder 02:26 Amazon
8 Martin Carthy 01:05 Amazon
9 Martin Carthy feat: The Watersons 03:10 Amazon
10 Martin Carthy feat: Ashley Hutchings 01:56 Amazon
11 Martin Carthy feat: John Kirkpatrick 05:35 Amazon
12 Martin Carthy feat: John Kirkpatrick 05:30 Amazon
13 Martin Carthy 03:04 Amazon
14 Martin Carthy feat: Dave Swarbrick 03:23 Amazon
15 Martin Carthy feat: The Watersons 06:26 Amazon
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Martin Carthy feat: Oskorri 04:11 Amazon
17 Martin Carthy feat: Dave Swarbrick 01:37 Amazon
18 Martin Carthy feat: Steeleye Span 01:26 Amazon
19 Martin Carthy feat: The Watersons 01:36 Amazon
20 Martin Carthy feat: Steeleye Span 02:47 Amazon
21 Martin Carthy feat: Les Barker / June Tabor 03:21 Amazon
22 Martin Carthy feat: Dave Swarbrick 07:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Martin Carthy 02:12 Amazon
2 Martin Carthy feat: Dave Swarbrick 02:43 Amazon
3
Martin Carthy 01:24 Amazon
4 Martin Carthy feat: Three City Four / Leon Rosselson 02:56 Amazon
5 Martin Carthy 03:18 Amazon
6
Martin Carthy 02:37 Amazon
7 Martin Carthy 02:20 Amazon
8 Martin Carthy 03:17 Amazon
9 Martin Carthy 03:43 Amazon
10 Martin Carthy 03:06 Amazon
11 Martin Carthy 05:14 Amazon
12 Martin Carthy 05:00 Amazon
13 Martin Carthy 04:15 Amazon
14 Martin Carthy feat: The Watersons 03:27 Amazon
15 Martin Carthy 03:32 Amazon
16 Martin Carthy feat: Dave Swarbrick 03:36 Amazon
17 Martin Carthy 01:34 Amazon
18 Martin Carthy 05:03 Amazon
19 Martin Carthy 02:57 Amazon
20 Martin Carthy 03:59 Amazon
21 Martin Carthy 02:37 Amazon
22 Martin Carthy feat: Steeleye Span 01:54 Amazon
23 Martin Carthy 03:49 Amazon
24 Martin Carthy 03:32 Amazon
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