19 Feb 2014 Royal Albert Hall
Martin Carthy receives a Lifetime Achievement Award
First Family of Folk
Few performers have been so influential and attracted so many accolades as Martin Carthy. Described as "incredible" by Bob Dylan, and hailed as "arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" by Q Magazine, Martin was awarded an MBE for services to English music in 1998.
Martin's daughter Eliza Carthy has continued to expand the legacy of her parents' work, having spent 20 years updating and reinvigorating English folk in her own unique style. Her fiddle playing and singing are in a class of their own, and throughout her career Eliza has experimented with unusual musical collaborations, including the hugely successful Imagined Village project.
As the Radio 2 Folk Awards move to the Royal Albert Hall it is entirely fitting that we have a performance from two members of English folk's most respected family.