Martin Carthy & John Doyle April 28th in Harrisburg!

Two legends of English and Irish traditional music—Martin Carthy and John Doyle—combine forces for an unforgettable Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be preceded by a free 5 p.m. ballad singing workshop and a free 6 p.m. potluck dinner.


Former member of STEELEYE SPAN, one of folk music’s greatest innovators!

Carty, who received a BBC 2 Folk Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, has long been known as one of folk music’s greatest innovators and one of its best-loved, most enthusiastic, and at times quietly controversial figures. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums.

He is a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric guitarist, and an authoritative importer of newly composed material. Carthy prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivaled position. Perhaps most significant of all are his settings of traditional songs with guitar that have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.


Former member of SOLAS, one of Ireland’s greatest guitarists!

John Doyle has worked with many of the most notable Irish music performers. From a musical family in Dublin, he went on the road at age 16 with the group Chanting House, which he formed with Susan McKeown and which eventually included Irish music greats like Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, and Donough Hennessy. Doyle went on to form the highly acclaimed super group Solas with Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey, and Winifred Horan that took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, due in large measure to Doyle’s powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements.

Solas appeared on The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, E-town, and World Café. The group received three NAIRD awards and a Grammy nomination. After leaving Solas, Doyle performed and toured with many other greats in the folk, Celtic, and bluegrass worlds. There are few artists more respected in the genre or more in demand in the studio, as a songwriter, and as a performer. In recent years, Doyle has focused primarily on writing songs based on the varied experiences of Irish emigrants.

Before the concert, come to a free workshop on ballad singing with Carthy and Doyle at 5 p.m. and then the free 6 p.m. potluck dinner. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks and place settings will be provided.

Concert tickets are $26 General Admission, $22 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available online at or by calling toll-free (800) 838-3006. This concert is presented with support from Your Name In Lights sponsors Steve and Nancy Wennberg and i cooperation with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation. Funding for Susquehanna Folk Music Society concerts is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at