Tomorrow, Saturday 21st May 2011, is the 70th birthday of Martin Carthy. Happy birthday Martin – and thanks for all the music.
I heard him interviewed on Mike Harding’s show last week and from his voice, his enthusiasm, the projects he is currently involved in (including Brass Monkey) and his upcoming gigs it unbelievable that he has reached 70.
I don’t know why, but I am always fascinated about how economic activity works and I often wonder how much the likes of Martin Carthy would earn in a year from gigs, record sales, merchandise etc. I hope it is a great deal but I suspect it is not. Whatever he earns, he’s worth it (as someone once said) and probably shed-loads more.
(I have similar wonderings, if you can have wonderings, when I’m on holiday in some remote village in Italy. I usually visit the village bakery that opens for just a few hours in the morning, probably not even every morning, and I wonder how and why the enterprise keeps going.)
Back to the matter in hand – here’s Martin Carthy singing Sovay from the compilation CD of the first 2 Brass Monkey albums.