Carthy, Eliza (Amy Forbes)
- Robin Denselow
(b Scarborough, Aug 23, 1975). English folk fiddler and singer, daughter of Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy. She grew up in Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire, listening to her parents singing traditional and folk music. At 17 she turned professional, working as a soloist with fellow fiddler Nancy Kerr, with the Kings of Calicutt, with her parents as a member of Waterson:Carthy and, perhaps most importantly, with her own Eliza Carthy Band. Her own treatment of traditional music is as unconventional as her image, mixing straightforward unaccompanied vocal and fiddle work with far more experimental styles still based around traditional melodies. Her first albums were recorded with Nancy Kerr and as a member of Waterson:Carthy, and her first solo album was Heat, Light and Sound (1996). It was followed by Eliza Carthy and the Kings of Calicutt, which included echoes of calypso and jazz. Her most experimental recordings came with the award-winning double album ...