Show remembers Beatlemania days
Father and daughter Martin and Eliza Carthy are among the popular names at this year’s Beverley Folk Festival. Chris Bond spoke to them.
THE days of Beatlemania will remembered when Let It Be arrives in the region.
Packed with more than 40 of the Fab Four’s greatest hits, including She Loves You, Hey Jude and When I’m 64, the show traces the Liverpudlian band’s rise from the Cavern Club to most famous band in the world.
Let It Be, which was a West End hit, has now been seen by more than 700,000 worldwide. Currently on tour, it will be at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from June 23 to 28. For tickets call the box office on 0114 249 6000 or book online at www. sheffield-theatres.co.uk ELIZA Carthy can’t remember exactly when she first played at the Beverley Folk Festival.
“I’ve been visiting ever since I was a kid. I played there when I was 17-years-old but I think I might have sung at the festival when I was 13, or 14,” she says.
If her memories are a little hazy it’s perhaps understandable given the number of times she’s been to the festival, which returns to the Beverley Racecourse this weekend, over the years.
“Festivals are the gateway to folk music, they’re not like playing in theatres or clubs which can feel a bit exclusive and if you haven’t been to one before they’re a great way of discovering new music.
“They’re not like the big scary rock festivals which can be a bit overwhelming and the Beverley Folk Festival is great, it’s just right for the town.”
Eliza is the daughter of folk heroes Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson and part of Yorkshire’s famous WatersonCarthy music dynasty. She’s carved out an impressive solo reputation herself, too, working with an array of performers including Paul Weller, Rufus Wainwright and Nick Cave.
It’s been a busy few days for the acclaimed fiddle player, last weekend she was awarded an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and tomorrow she returns to the Beverley stage where she will be performing with her father.
The pair recently released a new album, The Moral of the Elephant, which, strange as it might sound given their close family ties, is the first record they’ve made as a