Late again – I blame Andy Murray. Or David Cameron. Or both!
Lucky Thirteen has brought us from Martin Carthy with Brass Monkey to Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick on his Second Album. It is really interesting to hear how Martin Carthy’s style has changed over the years. Everything on this album seems much more studied and formal than on later records. He is definitely working his way from the accepted “folk singer” style of singing and playing to something more personal and unique. The track that I have chosen, Ramblin’ Sailor, is the nearest in style to the later albums that he and Dave Swarbrick released.
The sleeve notes say this about the song: “Also known as Young Johnson, this is a typical story of a sailor home from a long voyage and a rather frisky whore who robs him of all his possession, leaving him with a physical reminder of the exchange; or, as “Measure for Measure” puts it, “Impiety makes a feast of him.””