The chances are that anyone attending a folk festival this summer will probably have seen Jack Rutter making an appearance somewhere along the line. Perhaps best known as the final name in the young traditional and mainly instrumental group, Moore Moss Rutter, this is the year that Jack has progressed from being well-known as a guitar player and one third of a group, to a multi-instrumentalist solo artist with a CD of his own and a string of bookings. There have also been a number of collaborations that has meant that, at times, he seems to have been everywhere all at once.
A short spot by Waterson:Carthy from an Evening Concert at Girvan Folk Festival in 1992. They closed the first half of the concert. Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick were also guests that year. This was quite an early outing for Norma, Martin and Eliza as Waterson:Carthy. It might have been their first festival appearance. (I'll need to check.)
Although they have both been singing professionally for over 40 years, this married couple has only just released a first album together that covers their performing career and beyond. Readers of The Living Tradition might recognise Alan’s name from the many reviews he’s written for the magazine over the years. Nigel Schofield decided to find out why it’s taken them so long to get around to their much-anticipated debut release.