Martin Carthy (album)

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Martin Carthy
Studio album by Martin Carthy
Released 1965
Genre Folk
Length 40:27
Label Topic
Martin Carthy chronology
Martin Carthy
Martin Carthy's Second Album

Martin Carthy is the debut solo album by English folk musician Martin Carthy, originally released in 1965 by Fontana Records and later re-issued by Topic Records. The album features Dave Swarbrick playing fiddle or mandolin on a number of the tracks. Dave Swarbrick was not headlines on the album for contractual reasons[1] as he was with the Ian Campbell Folk Group at the time with permission granted by Transatlantic Records[2]

The Song notes on the Album are written by Martin with Ian Campbell writing the introduction.

All the tracks are traditional except Springhill Mine Disaster.[3]:20 which was written by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger following the 1958 disaster and The Wind That Shakes The Barley which was written by Robert Dwyer Joyce.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. High Germany
  2. The Trees They Do Grow High
  3. Sovay
  4. Ye Mariners All
  5. The Queen Of Hearts
  6. Broomfield Hill
  7. Springhill Mining Disaster
  8. Scarborough Fair
  9. Lovely Joan
  10. The Barley & The Rye
  11. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  12. The Two Magicians
  13. The Handsome Cabin Boy
  14. And A Begging I Will Go


  • Martin Carthy: Guitar / Vocals
  • Dave Swarbrick: Fiddle and Mandolin

Album information[edit]

  • First released in the UK 1965 by Fontana Records STL 5269 (Stereo) / TL5269 (Mono)
  • Re-issued 1977 by Topic Records 12TS340 with 5 other Martin Carthy albums[5]:5
  • CD issued 1993 by Topic Records TSCD340[5]:6
  • 180g vinyl limited edition 50th anniversary release re-issue for Record Store Day 18 April 2015 by Topic records 12TS2015[6]


  1. ^ "Mainly Norfolk album details Comment about contractual restrictions". Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Permission details on vinyl album sleeve
  3. ^ MacColl, Ewan (1963). Ewan MacColl - Peggy Seeger Songbook. New York: Oak Publications. 
  4. ^ Sleeve Notes on vinyl album
  5. ^ a b "Three Score and Ten Boxed Set Accompanying Topic catalogue". Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Martin Carthy 50th Anniversary re-issue". Topic records. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.