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Saturday 18 April 7.45pm
“Eliza Carthy is one of the figureheads of the English folk revival … compelling” Evening Standard.
Eliza Carthy, winner of two Nationwide Mercury Prize nominations and innumerable other accolades over a fifteen year career, will be performing on the Gulbenkian stage on Saturday 18 April.
Eliza has performed
and recorded with a diverse array of artists from Paul
Weller to The Wainwrights,
Accompanied by Willie Molleson on drums, Emma Smith on double bass and Phil Alexander on keyboards / piano accordion. Eliza will showcase original material from her new album Dreams of Breathing Underwater. Powerful, vital and exuberant rhythms, absorbed from her travels around the globe, characterize this highly original, self-penned music
Eliza has more than most, revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.
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Twice-nominated for a prestigious Nationwide Mercury Prize ('Red Rice' Topic/1998 and 'Anglicana'/2003) Eliza is also the winner of more than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2003 she became the first traditional English musician to be nominated a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music (for 'Anglicana').
In March 2005, Eliza co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards with Benjamin Zephaniah - an event that was broadcast on BBC Four. She has been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made several appearances on BBC TVs 'Later with Jools'. In addition, Eliza has presented her own four part series on the history of English Folk on BBC Radio 2 and was recently the subject of an hour long ITV documentary('Heaven & Earth') and in January 2008 will be the subject of another documentary on Channel 5. Eliza featured prominently in the acclaimed BBC Four Folk Britannia season.
an early age Eliza was championed by John Peel and Billy Bragg. She's featured
on Billy's Grammy winning album with Wilco, '
Touring on and off since the age of 14, Eliza has performed and recorded with a startling array of musical heroes from around the globe including Joan Baez, Damon Albarn and Paul Weller. She's appeared at a huge number of live events, benefits and multi-artist concerts including, 'Daughters of Albion' and Patti Smith's Meltdown and in October 2007, will participate in the BBC Electric Proms concert celebrating the songs of her aunt, 'A Tribute to Lal Waterson'.
Yorkshire-born and now Edinburgh-based, Eliza Carthy grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson (as Waterson;Carthy) and numerous pioneering solo and band projects. These include collaborations with The Ratcatchers; with celebrated English musicians John Spiers and Jon Boden; and Scottish producer/guitarist/viola player Ben Ivitsky.
Describing herself simply as a 'modern British musician', Eliza Carthy is only just beginning to reach the height of her musical powers. During a 15-year career she has become one of the most dazzling and recognised folk musicians of a generation. She has revitalised and made folk music relevant to new audiences and has captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.