Friday 29. July, 18:00 Uhr | Winzer Krems
Eliza CARTHY | voice, violin, guitar; Emma SMITH | double bass; Phil ALEXANDER | accordion, key instruments; Beth PORTER | cello; Willy MOLLESON | drums
She’s everybody’s darling in the flourishing world of the English folk scene, although, until a few years ago, 35-year-old Eliza Carthy still used to be its enfant terrible: bright red, blue or peroxide-blonde hair, piercings—and then her music! Folk purists were not amused about Eliza Carthy’s experiments with trip hop, mariachi fragments or raw E-guitar sounds. Similarly shocking as Bob Dylan’s electric guitar at the Newport festival in 1965.
Speaking of Dylan: Eliza is the youngest member of the “First Family of British Folk”. Her parents are among the pioneers of the folk revival: mother Norma Waterson, famous singer, and father Martin Carthy, singer and guitarist. It’s almost 50 years ago that he taught some young American musicians some old ballads: Bob Dylan during his first visit to England, later Paul Simon. One of these songs was “Scarborough Fair”… Ten years later, in 1975, daughter Eliza was born in this very Scarborough in Yorkshire. She was six when she first appeared on stage.
Even if Eliza performs in many a combination with the famous family members, she has extensively proven her individuality over the past 20 years. As a singer and an amazing multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, organ) she can be heard on about 50 (!) CDs including nine solo albums.
And yes, even the purists could be convinced: Today, Eliza Carthy is known and famous as a bubbly, driving force of the vital new Great Britain folk scene—almost dyed-in-the-wool, but in no way conservative. Music lovers still hold their breaths with each of her projects—like this evening’s international premiere of her recent program “Neptune”.