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5.0 out of 5 stars A daughter`s tale
This was Eliza Carthy`s 1996 debut under her own name, having already appeared on the first Waterson-Carthy album two years earlier. You`d never know it, her virtuosic fiddle playing well on its way to its present unassailable stature, her songwriting showing signs of alarming originality, for example on the lovely Peggy, with its unexpected melodic quirk that is quite...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not 'alf bad!
Not her best, but still good.
Yorkshire rules (even though I'm from Greater Manchester)
Published on 29 Aug 2003 by Graham Ebbrell


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5.0 out of 5 stars A daughter`s tale, 5 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Heat Light & Sound (Audio CD)
This was Eliza Carthy`s 1996 debut under her own name, having already appeared on the first Waterson-Carthy album two years earlier. You`d never know it, her virtuosic fiddle playing well on its way to its present unassailable stature, her songwriting showing signs of alarming originality, for example on the lovely Peggy, with its unexpected melodic quirk that is quite beguiling.
There are a couple of songs by Eliza, along with plenty of traditional songs and instrumentals, a highlight being her version of 10,000 Miles, a beautiful song to which she does full justice.
Petit Homme is a French ditty, sung in that language - the Carthy clan are nothing if not eclectic, let alone ambitious.
By Then is another fine original. It`s only on the two tracks by Eliza herself that she sounds a tad hesitant, as if unwilling to admit she can write a damn good song. She swallows the words a little, which is a shame, though hardly a major problem, as the songs` qualities still shine through.
She`s joined by several trusted friends (no family on this one - she had something to prove, no doubt) and all play with perfect poise and aplomb.
I`ve been gradually collecting the Waterson-Carthy recordings, and this is not the least of them by any means. Eliza has gone on to make quite a few more under her own name, three favourites of mine being Anglicana, Rough Music (both essential) and the more overtly experimental Dreams of Breathing Underwater, which is not only superb but positively Dickensian in its colourful flamboyance, populated with as many picaresque characters as any Tom Waits album. (Its follow-up, Neptune, didn`t quite work for me, at least on a purely musical level: one experiment too far.)
This singer/fiddler extraordinaire possesses an earthy soulfulness that gets me every time. If you`ve never seen her live - with or without Norma & Martin - then you have a treat in store.

A disgustingly confident debut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb album!, 20 May 2007
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A marvellous set of (largely) tradional English music. Plenty of backing from the likes of James Fagan, Barnaby Stradling, Ollie Knight, as well as Eliza herself on the fiddle - yet for me it is the vocals that truly stand out.

The unaccompanied version of 'Clark Saunders' and the American 'Blind Fiddler' are just two of the splendid tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album by one of folk's brightest stars, 10 Mar 2001
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This is the first solo album from the very talented Eliza Carthy. It is full of some wonderful traditional tunes. Eliza's fiddle playing is superb and her singing voice has a charming rough quality to it. I love her energy and the way she plays the fiddle (with gusto!). This is a great CD to jig around to or you can sing along and get rid of all that stress! A must-buy for fans of traditional music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not 'alf bad!, 29 Aug 2003
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Not her best, but still good.
Yorkshire rules (even though I'm from Greater Manchester)
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