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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


Miles Davis – Sketches Of Spain

I think it’s a very beautiful album. I had it because somebody told me to go and buy it. I saw it in a box at Mole Jazz close to Kings Cross Station, near where a friend of mine Sydney Carter, who wrote songs, used to live, and thought ‘Well they’re supposedly hard to find, I should get one.’ Then it sat on my shelf, ignored for years. One day, I just put it on and was completely transfixed by the music. It was apparently a real milestone for him as well as everybody who heard it, and I think it set him off on a different course. I just love Miles Davis because he was just so fucking daring, nothing scared him, especially when the blues guitarist John McLaughlin joined him and was wildly into Indian stuff.