Friday 9 March: Before he was famous, Bob Dylan traveled to England to meet Martin Carthy, and hear him play. He came back with a headful of ideas that would drive him soon to fame, and a pocketful of songs from Carthy's repertoire to borrow and adapt with glee ("These tunes I am a-changing," he might have said). Tonight, the legendary Mr. Carthy is in Ithaca, with his wife and daughter, both accomplished songsters, too. At Kennedy Hall at Cornell, 8 p.m. Tickets $17 at the door, $15 in advance at Small World Music.
Saturday 10 March: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul have held the Irish chair at GrassRoots Festival a few times, but they have substantial jazz and world influences, too. They are both virtuosic and rollicking. At the State Theater, 8 p.m. Special discount on ticket prices - practically 2 for 1 - if you also buy a ticket for the St. Patrick's Day show at the State, with Karan Casey.
After Eileen's show, you'll still have plenty of time to catch Boy With A Fish and Mary Lorson at the Chapter House. 10 p.m.
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