GIG NEWS: Folk Veteran Martin Carthy plays The Civic Barnsley 22nd October


For more than 40 years Martin Carthy 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 (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all” Q Magazine

He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He 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.

His appearance at The Civic gets under way at 8pm on Saturday 22 October, so be sure to put the date in your diaries and join us for an incredible night.

Martin Carthy is at The Civic on Saturday 22 October at 8pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concessions.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

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