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Thread #154747   Message #3635972
Posted By: GUEST
23-Jun-14 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy MBE
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy MBE
".. without being churlish... etc.. etc.. etc

Maybe it's about time someone asked the reasonable question..

"what exactly has she done [above and beyond any other professional 'folk' performer in her relatively young age group]
to deserve such special meritus recognition ???"

Some of Eliza's career highlights (from her biography):


BBC Radio 2: Eliza Carthy's Anglicana (four-part series on the history of English folk music)

ITV: Heaven and Earth (hour long documentary)

Channel 5: My Music (hour-long documentary)

BBC Radio 2: The Sony Award-winning Mark Radcliffe Show (regular co-presenter)

BBC 2: Later…With Jools Holland (multiple appearances)        

BBC Television: In Search of English Folk Song (directed by Ken Russell)        

NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien (music guest)

BBC 4's Folk Britannia Season (featured artist)


Current Associate Artist at The Sage, Gateshead, following on from Kathryn Tickell

English Folk Dance and Song Society – Vice President

Whitby Folk Week – Patron

Cheltenham Folk Festival – Patron

Resonance FM - Ambassador

Awards and Nominations

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (8, including Best Album, Best Traditional Track and Folk Singer of the Year)

Mercury Prize nominations (2, for Red Rice and Anglicana)

Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists

Producing Credits

9 acclaimed solo albums, plus Gift, her collaboration with Norma Waterson, for which she also provided arrangements and most of the instrumentation.

Notable Collaborations and Guest Appearances

Billy Bragg & Wilco, Mermaid Avenue vols I and II (winners of 2 Grammy Awards)

Welcome Songs, a collaboration with Robert Hollingworth and community choirs for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Hal Willner's Rogues Gallery project, alongside Brian Ferry, Sting, Johnny Depp, the McGarrigle family, Richard & Teddy Thompson and Tim Robbins

Patrick Wolf's critically-acclaimed album The Bachelor

The Imagined Village (a World music and English trad adventure, featuring members of The Bays, Transglobal Underground and AfroCelt Sound System)

4 Meltdown Festivals at the Southbank (curated by Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Hal Willner and Richard Thompson)

Work with Paul Weller, Jools Holland, jazz legend Bill Frisell, seminal Scots Latin/trad fusion band Salsa Celtica, Finnish Lord of the Rings composers Vartinna, Joan Baez, Cerys Matthews, 90s dance pioneers Red Snapper and many more.