THURSDAY - Martin Carthy -Solo- (Opening set: Eimear Arkins)
Martin Carthy (MBE) is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music, inspiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, and later artists such as Richard Thompson, since he emerged as a young musician in the early days of the folk revival.
If the English folk revival of the 1960s had a single father and guiding spirit, then Martin Carthy was it. Carthys influence transcends his abilities, formidable though those are apart from being one of the most talented acoustic guitarists, mandolinists, and general multi-instrumentalists working the folk scene in the 1960s through today, hes also a powerful singer with no pretensions or affectations, and is an even more prodigious arranger and editor, with an excellent ear for traditional compositions. In particular, he is as much a scholar as a performer, and frequently goes back to the notes and notebooks of folk song collectors such as Percy Grainger, scouring them for fragments that could be made whole in performance no second hander, he uses the earliest known transcriptions and recordings of many of the oldest folk songs known in England as his sources, and works from there. By 1966, at the time he was cutting his first two albums, Carthy was already an influence on Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, and by the end of the 1960s was de facto mentor to virtually every serious aspiring folk musician in England. At least three major English folk-rock bands, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and the Albion Band, were formed either directly or indirectly with his help and influence.
Eimear Arkins comes from a small village on the West Coast of Ireland called Ruan in County Clare but she has been living in Missouri for the last number of years. She is an award winning musician, singer and dancer with eleven Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann titles to her credit. Eimear has toured extensively with the international music organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on concert tours throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada. For the past six summers, Eimear has performed with the internationally renowned show Brú Ború and was part of the troupe that represented Ireland at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In August 2015, she traveled to World Expo in Milan with St. Louis Irish Arts where she promoted not only Irish culture but the expression of Irish culture worldwide.
Eimear has toured and performed throughout the US and in Ireland with Cherish the Ladies, Téada, The Nashville Celts and The Paul Brock Band. Eimear has been a regular teacher at St Louis Irish Arts since 2011 and has given workshops at festivals all over the world including Catskills Irish Arts Week, New York; Viljandi Pärimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St Louis Tionól; Canadian Celtic Celebration, Canada and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France.
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