Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick supported by Black Peak
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick at Winchester Folk Club 20 October 2011
Two of English music’s living legends celebrate their 70th years at Winchester Folk Club
A startlingly intense reunion from this legendary, ground-breaking duo. All the old skills are demonstrated with a new collection of traditional songs and instrumentals. Their experienced approach to their art lacks none of the fervour of their early days, and brings a maturity born of many years living with the music that is an integral part of their beings.
“Intense and demanding, this is hard core traditional music. Sublime fiddle playing and the passionate delivery of evocative old songs by their ablest interpretor.” Telegraph
“Swarbrick is an absolute revelation here, as instinctively sympathetic and wickedly inspirational as he ever was. It’s like they were a couple of twenty somethings again. To hear Swarb bowing with such soul and tenderness and dynamism too is an unconditional joy.” fRoots
This remarkable pairing played an important part in the tremendous shake up given to British folk music in the middle to late 60′s. Dave Swarbrick first came to prominence on the folk scene as a young instrumental virtuoso in the Ian Campbell Folk Group. Having worked alongside other leading musicians such as Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Beryl and Roger Marriott and A. L. Lloyd, he teamed up with Martin Carthy in 1966. While they featured hot instrumental tracks in their live sets and recordings, Dave’s forte in the duo was sensitive accompaniment to Martin’s vocals and guitar. On Rags, Reels & Airs the focus was solely on Dave and it finally gave him a chance to really stretch out and demonstrate his leading instrumental prowess. The result was a new era of English instrumental folk music and a new approach to folk music altogether. When they parted in 1969 Dave joined Fairport Convention and his contribution to folk and folk/rock music is legendary and well documented.
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all!” Q Magazine (2004)
‘Black Peak’ are Darren Black & Deborah Peake. Formed in 2009, they came together as a duo after bumping into each other at various gigs and festivals in Hampshire, where they are based. They perform their own blend of original contemporary and traditional acoustic/folk, mainly around Darren’s thought-provoking songs and tunes, and Deborah’s creative fiddle arrangements.
Both multi-instrumentalists, they are also respected musicians in their own right. Deborah spent 3 years with folk-rockers ‘Bluehorses’, gigging and festivaling at home and abroad, including Glastonbury and the Skaagen Festival in Denmark. She was also one half of the award-winning ‘Amalthea’, who released their stunning debut album “Blame it on the stars” in 2006. Having recorded his first album “Silent Poetry” at Swarb’s home studio in 2007, Darren released his acclaimed second solo album “Thinkers & Fools” (also distributed through Proper), in 2008. Produced by Joe Broughton, and featuring guest musicians including Joe, Kevin Dempsey and Dave Swarbrick, it was launched in Winchester with his trio featuring Kevin Dempsey and The Old Dance School’s Helen Lancaster.
Between them they have recorded and gigged extensively. Apart from their own shows, they have supported artists from Seth Lakeman, Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan and Kathryn Tickell, to Martin Simpson, Jim Moray, Karine Polwart and Eliza Carthy. They have also played at an array of folk festivals up and down the land, including Beverley, Gosport, Sunrise Celebration, Saul, Wickham, Stokes Bay, Orkney and Trowbridge.
Their EP ‘Tales we might know’ was released in 2009, for which they were runners-up in the 2010 Spiral Awards for BEST DEBUT. They are currently working on their debut album, due for release in Autumn 2011.