Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Eliza Carthy Interview 2017…
If there is one musician who embodies the dynamism and vitality of the current English folk revival, it’s Eliza Carthy.
Beloved of staunch traditionalists and iconoclasts alike, Eliza’s music effortlessly crosses boundaries of genre and style.
Whether performing a centuries-old ballad or a self-written song, her powerful, nuanced voice, fiercely beautiful fiddle playing and mesmerizing live performances have influenced a whole generation of young musicians.
Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognizable faces in British folk.
Her new album ‘Big Machine’ is the result and available now.
Her new single, ‘Hug You Like A Mountain’ features a vocal from Teddy Thompson.
Enjoy an Exclusive interview with Alex & Eliza via YouTube:
Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music; “the last truly underground music scene.”
To do this, Eliza put together a team of hugely talented people from across the UK, and set out on the road to promote her ‘Best Of’ compilation, ‘Wayward Daughter’ (Topic Records), which coincided with a biography of the same name.
Since then, the band have become a festival favourite, and Eliza has been awarded the MBE for services to folk music.
The material represents a healthy slice of everything good that is happening in traditional music now, across a sparkling spectrum of sound.
The album features three contemporary songs; Eliza’s own “You Know Me” about the migrant crisis and notions of hospitality (featuring MC Dizraeli), a powerful cover of Ewan Maccoll’s Radio Ballad “The Fitter’s Song” and an affectionate reworking of “Hug You Like a Mountain” (Rory MacLeod), re-imagined on ‘Big Machine’ as a duet with Teddy Thompson.
Interview by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 20th Feb 2017.