‘FOLK Royalty’ is how of the Otley Courthouse is describing Martin and Eliza Carthy as the venue prepares for the duo’s autumn appearance.

The father and daughter, one a legendary ballad singer and guitarist and the other a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, will perform on September 9.

The pair will be performing songs from their first duo album ever, a CD of traditional material entitled The Elephant.

Martin 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.

A spokesman said: “For more than 40 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.

Eliza Carthy, who has been performing for at least 20 years, is described as one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation.

She has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists.

The spokesman added: “More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.”

Visit otleycourthouse.org.uk or call 01943 467466 for further information and to book tickets.