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Eliza Carthy


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Eliza Carthy (b. 1975) is an English folk singer and violinist.

Born on 23rd August 1975, she is the daughter of legendary English folk musicians singer/guitarist Martin Carthy and singer Norma Waterson. She formed The Waterdaughters with her mother, aunt (Lal Waterson), and cousin Maria Knight in 1989. She has subsequently worked with Nancy Kerr, and also with her parents as Waterson:Carthy, in addition to her own solo work.

She has twice been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for UK album of the year: in 1998 for Red Rice, and again in 2003 for Anglicana. In 2003 Carthy swept the boards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, winning Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album (for Anglicana), and Best Traditional Track (for “Worcester City”).

In 2004 she was part of Oysterband’s Big Session, a collaboration with numerous folk artists. They produced an album The Big Session Volume One, and the group as a whole were awarded Best Group at the Folk Awards in 2005.


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  • headeynyp

    Worth checking the tag radio too

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nochek

    thank you.

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • kpthedude

    I saw Eliza when I was about 8 playing with Waterson:Carthy. She signed my ticket and drew a little fiddle for me. She was my first inspiration to write my own folk songs and traditional songs and I now perform. I am forever indebted to her for kickstarting a life long passion! My music is at

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Criznittle

    Eliza Carthy "Britain Is A Car Park" is featured on Indie/Rock Playlist: July (2011)

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • furoby

    very good.)

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Trotters

    Read my full review of 'Neptune' here:

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Moestitia

    A gorgeous lady and musician.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Tangentical

    I have photos from the Save 6 Music gig...

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • DarkKnight1190

    Free download "Eliza - Live at Foyles" (45min. as one MP3 file). Currently (25.12.09)available at: Thank you, Eliza!!! :))

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • benwalker1981

    Want to go and see her but liable to be gigging with my own acoustic act -

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • mlansman

    Personally I prefer her more fiddle-centered stuff. Sometimes I find her vocals smother the instrumental element, like in Tuesday morning for example. Her best tracks are those in which she gets the balance perfect, like 'Worcester City'. Ahh... So much forceful emotion. Definitely one of my favorites.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TowerFestival

    As part of the TOWER FESTIVAL, WOMAD Presents World Music at the Tower will take place over the weekend of 19th – 20th September at the historic and prestigious TOWER OF LONDON. WOMAD PRESENTS is a series of performances from artists woven together from all over the world. Performing on Saturday 19th are the Imagined Village featuring a stellar cast including Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and Chris Wood will perform a thrilling live show. The ubiquitous Womad flags and workshops will also be a feature of the weekend. Other special guests for the Saturday and Sunday shows are to be announced shortly. Doors 3.30pm. Weekend tickets available. For more details go to / 0844 847 2519

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bblibby

    intoxicating! seeing her at RAH for TCT gig with lakeman/fairports. can't wait!

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • absoluteradio

    Absolute Radio have tickets up for grabs to see Eliza Carthy at the TCT Concerts:

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • teddy4ever

    Saw Eliza, Martin & Norma at the Rogues Gallery, Barbican last year - brilliant evening. Am new to this kind of folk music & just love it!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TCTConcert

    Eliza Carthy is supporting Teenage Cancer Trust's annual concert at Royal Albert Hall and will perform on Wednesday 25 March along with Fairport Convention, Seth Lakeman, and Kate Rusby. A host of other acts are also confirmed to play from 24-29 March. Tickets are available now - so give us a shout and let us know if you're coming!

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Johnsten

    I think I am your 20,000th listener! Better not let on all the times I have seen you play and your family before you were even a thought

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    An absolutely stunning musician. Much love!

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Younghappy

    Anyone see her on Jools Holland last night? Naturally my brother absolutely hated her!

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
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