As the father
figure and guiding spirit of the English folk revival of the 1960s,
Martin Carthy was involved in the formation of at least three major
English folk-rock bands; Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The
Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson all cite Carthy as a direct
In June 1998 Martin Carthy was appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday
Honours. He was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk
Awards in 2002, and again in 2005.
Despite a solo career spanning several decades, 'The January Man' is the
first ever official release of a Martin Carthy live solo album, and is
released with Carthy's full approval.
This towering performance, recorded in FM quality in 1978, shows an
artist who was a legend even then and whose brilliance is merely
underlined with the passing of time.
Limited edition digipack includes booklet with extensive liner notes
featuring reminiscences from Carthy himself.
4 Star review in the December issue of Uncut Magazine.