East is a specially crafted evening of musical and poetic works inspired by mesmerising myths, legends, poems and ballads from England’s Eastern seaboard. Compiled and curated by Eliza Carthy and her father Martin Carthy, one of folk music’s greatest and best-loved innovator, the stage will also be brought to life with original artwork by Marry Waterson.
Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, 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.
Originally commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Eliza is curating an exciting line up of guest appearances especially for Brighton Festival. With collaborators Duotone, Sheema Mukherjee (Imagined Village, Transglobal Underground) and choreographer Ewan Wardop (Matthew Bourne, Shakespeare’s Globe), East will take audiences on an alluring journey between land and coast, exploring the great stories and traditions of the East.