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.