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Eliza Carthy

English Folk singer and musician. Born in Scarborough in Yorkshire in 1975, the daughter of Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy.

Eliza has played and sung all her life, forming her first band age 13 (The Waterdaughters) with her mother, aunt (Lal) and Maria Knight, a cousin.

Twice nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for UK Album of the year (1998 and 2003).

Awarded Folk Singer of the year, Best Album and Best traditional track at the 2003 Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Part of the Oysterband Big Session in 2004.

Plays and sings with the folk supergroup Blue Murder.


  • Heat Light and Sound (1996)
  • Eliza Carthy & The Kings of Calicutt (1997)
  • Red Rice (1998)
  • Angels & Cigarettes (2000)
  • Anglicana (2002)
  • The Definitive Collection (compilation 2003)
  • Rough Music (2004)

Plus numerous other recordings with the Watersons, Waterson:Carthy and various other artists.