Win a pair of tickets to watch Family Folk Duo, Martin & Eliza at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre


Legendary family folk singer and musician, Martin Carthy, is joining forces with his daughter and Mercury Music Award nominated artist, Eliza, to perform at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in June. The duo will join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever, a CD of traditional material entitled THE ELEPHANT. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. 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, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, 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.

Eliza grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She still divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson as well as engaging in numerous pioneering solo and band projects, including work with Pere Ubu and Melanie Challenger, an artist in residence in Antarctica. In what has become something of a parallel career, Eliza has co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made many appearances on BBC
TV’s Later with Jools.


Here’s how you can win yourself a pair of tickets worth £37. Terms and conditions as stated on the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

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When is Martin & Eliza’s Show ?

Martin & Eliza will be performing on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 7.30pm

How much does the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced at £18.50 each

How can I book ?

Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s website.


Where is Stafford Gatehouse Theatre?

Stafford Gatehouse is an old Victorian theatre for professional and amateur shows, including Shakespeare and children’s plays. In 2007, the Borough Hall was reopened as Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Borough Hall was originally opened on 20 June 1877 and the building once housed Stafford Borough Council.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
ST16 2LT
Tel: 01785 619080

Where to park?

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is in the heart of Stafford, just seconds from the main shopping centre and central tourist attractions. It is less than 10 minutes drive from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M6 and can be found by following the theatre mask symbols on routes into the town centre. There are ample parking facilities a short walk away from the theatre and cycle racks are available outside the building.


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  1. June 8, 2018 / 9:35 am

    It sounds like it will be a fascinating performance! I am well overdue a theatre trip myself

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 8, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Oh hope you do get to join the competition Kacie!

  2. June 8, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I’m not a huge fan of folk music normally but think I’ll give Martin & Eliza a listen after reading this post! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 8, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Their music is so soothing Louise, I am sure you would like it if you do give it a listen

  3. June 8, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    What a fantastic prize, I would love to see these two perform together.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 8, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Glad to hear that Jenny, hope you join the competition

  4. June 9, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    More than 50 years devoted to folk music. What a big contribution! I am fixing the date 27th June to be part of this event.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 9, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Oh how wonderful to hear that Seren

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 10, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Yes it definitely will

  5. June 9, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    I am not interested in this kind of music, but it sounds like it will be a great performance. It is cool that you are doing a giveaway for it as well.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 10, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks Tizzy, a lot of people love Folk music

  6. candy
    June 10, 2018 / 1:49 am

    We don’t live close so this wouldn’t do us any good. This sounds wonderful and good luck to the people who enter.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 10, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks Candy

  7. June 10, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    I’ve not heard of them but love folk music! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 10, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Do check out their music Fritha, you would love it

  8. June 10, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Oh how I wish I lived closer, sounds like its going to be a brilliant night! xxx

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 11, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Yes totally brilliant!!

  9. June 10, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    I haven’t been to a show in a while, and this sounds like a wonderful one to go see. They have some really great music, it would be a great show to see!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 11, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Yes they make fab music for sure, hope you catch them perform live

  10. June 10, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    This is such a great competition! I love folk music and haven’t heard these guys live so would love to live close enough to attend this.
    C x

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 11, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Hope you join the competition Charli, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway

  11. Elizabeth O
    June 11, 2018 / 10:17 am

    This is such a lovely idea for a competition. It sounds like it will be a really great concert, I love that they are family too, how lovely.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 11, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth, yes a lot of folk music lovers adorn this duo

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 12, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thank you Ali

  12. Blair Villanueva
    June 12, 2018 / 5:16 am

    What a generous giveaway and good luck to all entries. Wish this is a free concert for all, so that everyone can watch.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 12, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Thanks Blair, yes we wish it too

  13. Jan F
    June 12, 2018 / 5:27 am

    WOW I would love to watch Family Folk Duo, Martin & Eliza at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre! That is going to be amazing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 12, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Good luck to you Jan and hope you win the tickets x

  14. June 12, 2018 / 7:47 am

    I really loved to see these two perform together and I love the great prize

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 12, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Good luck to you Angela and hope you win the tickets x

  15. June 12, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Looks interesting! I wish I can join, but I’m currently in Hong Kong now.

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 12, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Oh no Sharon, how unfortunate, but do enjoy your travels in Hong Kong

  16. Sharon
    June 23, 2018 / 7:53 am

    Fan of these two for ages. Just casually checking my emails and find out I’ve won the tickets. Thank you so much!!
    I can’t wait for Wednesay!

    • yeahlifestyle
      June 23, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Congrats Sharon! Hope you enjoy the show xx

      • Sharon
        July 2, 2018 / 10:06 pm

        What an absorbing gig. Martin, Eliza, one guitar and two violins. When they spoke, I felt involved in all of the songs and stories they’ve collected. When they sang, goosebumps. Thank you so much again for such a wonderful experience 🙂

        • yeahlifestyle
          July 3, 2018 / 9:46 am

          We are so happy to hear that Sharon, so glad you have a fantastic experience and thank you for sharing your comments with us!

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