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.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC -

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-the­ 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

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