A super-group featuring four of the major stars of British music today - Eliza Carthy, Jackie Oates, Lucy Farrell & Kate Young - Carthy, Oates, Farrell & Young is a unique band. Each a brilliant and distinctive singer, they form a stunning vocal quartet. Each also a master fiddle player, they are a mighty string ensemble. Delivering material from Laylam, the album recorded with Bella Hardy as Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young, as well as solo numbers, their set is a brilliant and inspiring measure of the quality of British roots music.
Eliza Carthy: Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 15 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Nick Cave, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.
Eliza grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She still divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson as well as engaging in numerous pioneering solo and band projects, including work with Pere Ubu and Melanie Challenger, an artist in residence in Antarctica. In what has become something of a parallel career, Eliza has co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made many appearances on BBC TVs 'Later with Jools'. In her own right, Eliza has been the subject of an hour long ITV documentary ('Heaven & Earth') and 'My Music' on Channel 5, as well as appearing on the latest BBC Music commercial and discussing the 2015 general election on Channel 4 News. Comedian and writer Stewart Lee describes Eliza as "Not the Messiah, but a very naughty girl".
Jackie Oates: Multi award winner Jackie Oates has come a long way since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003: she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band; she was a founder member of Mercury Prize nominees Rachel Unthank and the Winterset and is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village.
Lucy Farrell: Lucy Farrell began lulling the folk scene with her rich and honeyed voice when she left her Kent home to study the Folk and Traditional Music course in Newcastle in 2004. Since then, her exploration of traditional and contemporary song has touched the hearts of audiences well beyond the folk world, her beguiling and crystal clear singing style crafting stories with spellbinding skill. Her talent for song writing is also gaining recognition; her melancholic and heartbreaking To The Boy, which she recorded with duo partner Jonny Kearney on The North Farm Sessions EP, featured in Ian Fitzgibbon's 2011 film Death of a Superhero. With Kearney, Farrell has been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. A versatile musician on fiddle, viola, and musical saw, Farrell is in popular demand as a session player, and can be seen performing regularly in The Emily Portman Trio.
Kate Young: Kate Young is Scotland's rising folk pioneer, leading an exploration of traditional and world music with an intoxicating passion and drive, captured as her soaring voice and fiddle dance together to create a uniquely diverse and poignant sound. Her deep love for the art of song-writing is always evident, her compositions demonstrating her desire for endless sonic discovery, yet steeped in the natural landscapes of her home in Borthwick. Her long anticipated debut album came out in 2012 under the name of her trio 'Kate in the Kettle' and received amazing reviews. Young is involved in many different musical projects, and tours internationally with The Moulettes and world-music band 'Ethno in Transit'. She also worked as a researcher with the project 'En-Compass' travelling to Kenya, China and British Guyana to gather cultural artefacts for exhibition.