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There's Always A Story: Martin Carthy's Favourite Music
Patrick Clarke , November 8th, 2023 10:32

Martin Carthy speaks to Patrick Clarke about his 13 favourite records, his love for the new wave of traditional musicians, encounters with Bob Dylan and The Beatles and more


Eddie Butcher – I Once Was A Daysman

He’s an Ulster singer, and it’s just lovely stuff. He was a fairly old man but he could really sing. The first track is, I think, ‘Heather Down The Moor’, which is a corking little song. I came across him first on a recording of songs from Northern Ireland, because of a fellow called Peter Bellamy who was a hungry bugger. Anything that was new and that he liked, he’d pounce on it and he’d sing it around the clubs. Several years later I sang a version of it with Waterson:Carthy. It was in the 1990s at some point. We did a nice version. I used to sing it at my solo gigs too. The song would just take you off somewhere, it had this beautiful melody.