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Virtual Quay Folk Club: Eliza Carthy

Sun 23 August @ Sun 23 August, 2020




The latest online monthly concert at Quay Arts Folk Club on Sunday August 23rd sees the legendary Eliza Carthy featuring as the headline guest. Born into a folk dynasty her mother Norma was one of The Watersons, who became the defining sound of the 1960’s folk revival, and her father Martin Carthy is a hugely influential singer and guitarist.

The monthly online concerts in aid of Quay Arts are organised by local folk singers John Bentley and John Hacker. John Bentley commented “It’s like having a member of folk royalty playing for us. Eliza is that rare thing – someone loved by both folk traditionalists and modernisers alike.“

Eliza first took to the stage as a young teenager in the late 1980’s since when she has grown and developed into a folk musician of great stature and importance. Over the years she has won many awards and played in some of the UK’s top-rated folk bands.  She is also a superb solo performer with a powerful nuanced voice and beautiful fiddle playing. Making music with her family, though, remains a constant in her life and she tours regularly with her father, Martin. Indeed, they both played a sell-out concert at Freshwater Memorial Hall in May 2019.

The monthly online concerts have become very popular. As John Hacker explained, ”Events like this are a way of supporting charities like Quay Arts until things get fully back to normal – we hope listeners to the concert will make a generous donation to the Quay.”

Starting on Sunday August 23rd at 7.30 pm the Quay Arts Folk Club will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The evening will feature over 2 hours of top-notch folk music. Co-organiser of the event, John Hacker, will open the evening and be followed by short floor spots from local performers Debbie Dwyke, George Major, Sue Bailey and Peter Ellis. They will be followed by Eliza who will play a 45 minute headline spot.

As John Bentley noted, ”Eliza Carthy is one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation – you won’t want to miss this evening.”  Readers can find out more about the event by searching on Facebook for “Isolation Row Virtual Folk Festival” or “Quay Folk Club.” The evening will be streamed on YouTube – search for “Quay Folk Club August 2020”.

Free to watch (suggested donations)