Powerful two-CD set celebrating Eliza Carthy's first twenty-one years as a professional recording musician. One of this country's finest singers and songwriters and a member of a great musical dynasty, Eliza Carthy is a peerless and pioneering talent. She is the winner of 2 Mercury Prize nominations, several BBC Radio Folk Awards and innumerable other accolades. During her career she has performed and recorded with a dazzlingly diverse array of artists including Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, The Wainwrights, Richard Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave and Joan Baez. To mark 21 years as a professional musician, Eliza's long-standing label, Topic Records, is releasing 'Wayward Daughter', a career-spanning best of double album, with 31 tracks drawn from her diverse and award-winning back-catalogue including traditional and self-penned material. There are also a couple of live tracks, samples of a few of her many collaborations with other artists - and previously unreleased material too.
"Wayward Daughter is a glorious celebration of Carty's two decades plus as a folk musician underlining the impact she's had on the genre. Dad and mother Norma Waterson may already be legends, but Eliza is well on the way to attaining equally lofty status" -- Record Collector * * * *
"The trail of a folk visionary across 22 albums in 21 years. Eliza Carthy did more than anyone to revolutionise and rid folk music of the staid, cliche-ridden images stifling it through the 90's. Listening to the sheer range of styles and consistently inventive ideas pursued through this thoughtfully constructive precis of her 21 year career, it's easy to understand why" -- Colin irwin, Mojo * * * *
A more fearsome performer than mum or dad, or indeed anyone else on the folk scene she s helped to galvanise...a rich primer of a singular career - 8/10 Uncut
Her vision remains absolutely faithful to the story and expresses the song s essential emotions. She accomplishes this with wit and exuberance And this is her genius.. Every home should have a wayward daughter -- ***** Songlines Magazine
It s a proud career CV but more importantly it stands powerfully alone on its own considerable merits vibrant, modern and relevant - fRoots Magazine
* * * * The Times
* * * * * The Guardian
"Listening to this compilation from start to finish, I found myself mesmerised by her interpretation of traditional songs. Not only is Eliza a superb singer in the traditional mould, but also she brings a depth and complexity to her interpretations of traditional songs that few can achieve. The excitement for me comes from what will arise from Eliza Carthy's artistry in the coming years. The Wayward Daughter is anything but, and her journey thus far is well worth experiencing - and her future beckons".