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Wayward Daughter: An Official Biography of Eliza Carthy

by Sophie Parkes
£12.99   paperback  Soundcheck Books (2012)

Wayward Daughter: An Official Biography of Eliza Carthy by Sophie Parkes Eliza Carthy is the daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. The clan has often been rightly described as folk’s royal family. Martin was in Steeleye Span, Albion Dance band and the Watersons as well as holding down a successful solo career. Norma was a member of the Watersons folk group.
Perhaps it was inevitable that Eliza would follow the family trade and become a folk musician. She is no pale imitator though, and can play just about any stringed instrument like a virtuoso, though amazingly she underrates herself. This self-doubt seems at odds with the public persona of a brassy northern lass, who has sometimes been described as ‘difficult’ (though not in our experience).
Her albums are exceptional slices of traditional and new folk, but the stage is her natural home, enthralling audiences with a blend of folk, jazz, rock and music hall. 2011 saw her win two out of the three categories she was nominated for in the Radio 2 British Folk Awards swelling an already bulging trophy cabinet.
As she celebrated 21 years in the music business it seems apt to chronicle the first part of an eventful life. In addition to extensive interviews with Eliza herself, the book contains interviews with her parents and other family members and also many of the people Eliza has worked with: Billy Bragg, comedian Stewart Lee, Richard Thompson, Van Dyke Parks and many more were fulsome in their praise of Eliza when interviewed. The author has been tenacious in tracking down people that are important to the story and has even interviewed her former school teacher!
Eliza has an extensive collection of photographs that people have taken of her and she has been exceptionally generous in letting us use them.
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ISBN 13: 9780956642073 | ISBN 10: 0956642071

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