Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
TX date  18 August 2018
Credits No known
Notes Interview and:
1. Scarborough Fair
2. The Bedmaking (excerpt)

BBC synopsis: “We’re live from the YMCA Theatre in Scarborough with Sir Michael Parkinson, folk legend Martin Carthy, surfer Tori Gower and Jennifer Dunne on the exhibition the Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast. With Inheritance Tracks from Kiki Dee.

Folk legend Martin Carthy performs live, including a new arrangement of Scarborough Fair. He recalls his family’s musical roots, his acting ambitions and what brought him to the area.”

Available recordings  A copy of the complete episode is in the #CarthyArchive.


Broadcaster BBC Radio Leeds
TX date  4 March 2018
Credits Not known
Notes The Jason Wilson Band with Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Simon Swarbrick.

1. Matty Groves
2. Sir Patrick Spens
3. It Suits Me Well
4. Dominion Of The Sword
5. Lovely Joan
6. Now Be Thankful
7. Carthy’s March / The Lemon Tree
8. Walk Awhile
9. Spanish Ladies Medley

BBC synopsis: “It Suits Him Well: a Dave Swarbrick Tribute – starring Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Simon Swarbrick, Jason Wilson Band. Folk and Roots show. Highlights from the debut performance at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.”

Available recordings Available for a limited period on BBC iPlayer after broadcast. An off air copy is in the #CarthyArchive


Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
TX date  10 January 2018
Credits Producer: Julian May.
Notes BBC synopsis: “Radio 3 In Concert – The Transports. Interval Feature: A Portrait of Peter Bellamy. Verity Sharp sketches a portrait, in words and music, of The Transports’ composer, Peter Bellamy, revealing a complex, troubled character and rather an outsider. He admired Rudyard Kipling, when most dismissed him as an imperialist, for giving voice to ordinary soldiers, and set his Barrack-Room Ballads. There are contributions from Heather Wood, who sang with Bellamy in The Young Tradition, in which he came to fame in the 1960s; the singer Martin Carthy; fellow Norfolk musician Damien Barber, who was mentored by Bellamy; Jon Boden, a musician much influenced by Bellamy; and his widow, Jenny Bellamy. It features, too, Bellamy’s own music, with his distinctive singing.”
Available recordings The complete episode will  be transmitted on BBC Radio 3 and will be available to stream for 30 days.


Broadcaster BBC Radio Tees
TX date  20 December 2017
Credits Not known
Notes Interview and live studio session:
1.     The Whale Catchers
2.     High Germany
3.     Flame of Fire 

BBC synopsis: “The perfect soundtrack to your afternoon across Teesside, County Durham and N. Yorkshire. The listen again programme is a repeat. Please listen carefully as our text and phone lines may have closed and you may still be charged. Enjoy the show.

Available recordings The complete episode is currently available to stream on BBC iPlayer:
The music tracks from the #CarthyArchive are on YouTube.


Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
TX date  7 April 2017
Credits Not known
Notes The Waterson Family
1.     White Cockade
2.     Apple Tree Wassail
3.     Prickle Holly Bush
4.     Adieu Adieu
5.     Bold General Wolfe
6.     The Good Old Way
7.     Some Old Salty
8.     Bright Phoebus

The Gift Band
1.     Dreaming
2.     Fare thee Well Cold Winter
3.     Poor Wayfaring Stranger
4.     Ukulele Lady / (If Paradise is) Half as Nice
5.     Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
6.     Al Bowlly’s In Heaven
7.     On Fridays He’s Fred Astaire
8.     Change Partners
9.     God Loves a Drunk
10.  A Bunch of Thyme
11.  Shallow Brown

BBC synopsis: “The First Family of English Folk: a celebration of the Waterson Family, who come from Hull. Part of Radio 3’s Uproot festival for Hull 2017.

Live from Hull Truck Theatre. Introduced by Kathryn Tickell

The Waterson Family:
Norma Waterson, Ann Waterson, Eleanor Waterson, Marry Waterson, Erin Anderson, Davoc Brady, Lauren McCormick, Emily Portman and Jim Causley (singers)
Martin Carthy (singer, guitar)
Eliza Carthy (singer, violin)

8.15 pm: INTERVAL – a profile of refugee musicians in Hull

8.15 pm Part Two
The Gift Band:
Norma Waterson (vocals)
Martin Carthy (guitar, banjo, vocals)
Eliza Carthy (Vocals, Violin)
David Donnelly (double bass, vocals)
David Delarre (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
Phil Alexander (piano, accordion, vocals)
Neil McColl (electric guitar, banjo, vocals)
Kate St John (oboe, piano accordion, vocals)

As part of the BBC’s contribution to Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Radio 3 presents ‘Uproot’, a 3-day festival celebrating the area’s folk and roots heritage as well as its international cultural connections. There are four concerts at Hull Truck Theatre from major world and folk artists, including Hull’s folk royalty The Waterson Family, Eliza Cathy’s innovative Arms Wide Orchestra, special appearances from Yorkshire folk artists Fay Hield and Martin Simpson, plus concerts celebrating Hull’s international links from the Warsaw Village Band and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. The theme is reflected widely in other programming across the three days. The theme ‘Uproot’ is essentially a reflection on roots, how people relate to them in fast-changing times, and what happens when people are displaced from their roots.

The Watersons were leading figures in the English folk revival in the 1960s and 70s, celebrated for their unique song repertoire and distinctive vocal harmonies. With Martin Carthy joining the family in the 1970s, and new generations of family musicians coming through, they have been a reference-point for English folk for fifty years. In this special concert for Hull City of Culture 2017, they return to their home town, with a first half that celebrates the traditions of the Watersons’ vocal harmonies, and a second half with The Gift Band, fronted by Norma Waterson, the only remaining member of the original 1960s line-up, with her daughter Eliza Carthy.”

Available recordings The complete episode is in the #CarthyArchive.