Carthy, Martin (Dominic Forbes)
- Robin Denselow
(b Hatfield, May 21, 1941). English folk guitarist and folksinger. Initially an actor, he joined the Thameside Four (an electric folk band with whom he played blues material) before becoming a resident performer at the Troubadour, London's leading folk club of the early 1960s. His first recording, as part of the compilation Hootenany in London (1963), was followed by a recording with the Three City Four, which included the political singer Leon Rosselson. Carthy's first solo album (1965) showed a distinctive style, matching often delicate and elaborate acoustic guitar arrangements to traditional songs. He worked with the fiddler Dave Swarbrick (1966–9) then joined the folk-rock band Steeleye Span until 1973. For the next two decades he played and recorded both solo and with various bands and musicians, including the Albion Band, the Watersons (with his wife Norma Waterson) and Brass Monkey. During the 1990s he toured and recorded with Waterson: Carthy, which included his wife and their daughter Eliza Carthy. In ...