Martin Carthy is now into his fifth decade as an artist and performer in the folk genre. Soon to be 70 he shows no signs of slowing down, nor losing his passion for the music he loves. Having an extensive and varied back catalogue, it is a case of where to start if you are new to his work.
I would heartily recommend this collection as square one. Thirty four tracks from his 1965 debut album to the present, and what a journey it's been. As someone who(five years ago), was not over-familiar with his work. Carthy never fails to inspire me. His material and choice of is as old as the hills but still sounds fresh and yes contemporary.
Standout tracks for me are Prince Heathen, January Man, The Bedmaking and Bill Norrie, but really there ain't a duff track. Carthy's well documented guitar skills are rhymic but also melodic. They are the perfect accompniment and 'serve the song' in all instances. MC is also underrated as a singer. His style is simple, but he can inject great pathos, humour and menace when called for.
Having met the man, I can report he is modest self-effacing and a true gent. If you have only a passing interest in folk......buy this collection.