Carthy folk dynasty appeals for financial support after income ‘dried up’ during pandemic. Eliza Carthy said her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson were ‘struggling to survive’ after Covid-19 left them without revenues from live performances
Among the many reasons Dylan Thomas gave for people moving to the tiny Carmarthenshire estuary town of Laugharne, a few remained obscure. Some residents, he believed, had no idea why they had come at all. He described them as “slowly, dopily, wandering up and down the street like Welsh opium eaters, half asleep in a heavy bewildered haze”.
Jailhouse rock: how history’s crimes live on in musicFrom Maggie May to Ronnie Kray, crooks have long inspired songs, as a new book proves Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, the punk bank with whom he recorded the song No One Is Innocent in 1978. Photograph: Moviestore Collection Ltd/Alamy
Manchester was never harmless. Creepy men hung around Piccadilly Gardens when I was growing up, the Moors Murderers prowled the streets near my school and it was common knowledge in my classroom that Jimmy Savile was luring little girls into his dressing room at the Dickenson Road studios where Top of the Pops was made before it moved to London. At the old Manchester Sports Guild, a stone’s throw from where the Manchester Arena now stands, there was jazz downstairs and folk upstairs.
Laura Mvula will be playing at Love Supreme festival in East Sussex. Bath international music festival has been superseded by the Bath festival, a multi-arts fest with – so the blurb goes – music and literature at its heart. Martin Carthy and Sam Sweeney unites two of the UK’s greatest folk musicians.