Martin Carthy, whether he's working as a singer, guitarist, collector or scholar, has been one of the most innovative and incorruptible people on the English folk scene. Bob Dylan, who stayed in his house on his first trip to London, has always recognized Carthy as an influence when he wrote 'Girl from the North Country'. And Paul Simon, who, along with Art Garfunkel, popularised 'Scarborough Fair', never stops mentioning Carthy as one of his favourites. Collaborations between Carthy and Steeleye Span and Dave Swarbrick, as well as with his daughter Eliza and wife Norma Waterson, keep him at the top of English folk music. He's even been awarded an MBE for his outstanding contribution to the arts.