It’s almost 20 years since Eliza Carthy (daughter of folk legends Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson) burst onto the scene with her songwriting prowess, dynamic fiddle-playing and irreverent approach to traditional songs. Since then she has continued to stretch the boundaries of folk, releasing a series of acclaimed albums, collaborating with everyone from Christy Moore to Damien Dempsey, and assembling the formidable 12-piece Wayward Band. Their album, Big Machine, earned rave reviews earlier this year for its seamless mix of genres and styles, and in their first Irish appearance Carthy brings the band to St Canice’s for a thrilling evening of full-blooded musicianship and outstanding songcraft.
Carthy stretches folk music in all manner of new directions The Independent
furious, timely folk ... remarkable as much for the quality and range of her singing as for the inventive arrangements The Guardian
she leads a 12-piece ensemble – brass, fiddles, the works – on a bravura romp through songs old and new… her fiddle-playing is as incendiary as ever The Observer