Inspired, quietly confident mix of traditional folk with modern trappings
Forty years on, Martin Carthy is showing signs of mellowing. His commitment to the revivalist cause is undiminished. But here his singing is quietly passionate, beautifully offset by sparse modern arrangements with subtle production overseen by daughter Eliza. Acknowledging old-fashioned singers, he takes inspiration from mentors like Harry Cox, the Copper Family and Walter Pardon, the latter’s “A Ship To Old England Came” a chilling, compelling tale.
A trio of instrumentals showcase Carthy’s deft playing, highlighted by Martin Simpson’s slide guitar. Exquisite, relaxed, and belying Carthy’s virtuosity.