Though perhaps not a "household" name in America, Martin Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most influential contemporary Folk artists of the last 40 years.
Carthy emerged in the early '60s British Folk revival scene, making a name for himself with his innovative arrangements of traditional Folk songs. Paul Simon was a huge fan, borrowing Carthy's arrangement of "Scarborough Fair," and Bob Dylan, Fairport Conventional and countless others also site Carthy as an influence. While maintaining a healthy solo career, Carthy also shared the spotlight with his Mercury Prize-nominated wife (fellow pioneering folkie Norma Waterson) and daughter (Eliza Carthy, a successful solo artists in her own right) in the group Waterson: Carthy. In April, a four-CD career retrospective called The Carthy Chronicles
is scheduled for release and Carthy was even bestowed with an MBE award by the Queen recently.
At Grammer's on Wednesday.