By Iain patience

Bob McCarthy is a sadly lesser-known treat for lovers of good, solid soulful blues picking. His near-fifty year career has seen him climb from the sixties coffee-houses of New York‘s Greenwich Village – a breeding ground that spawned many top names including Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton and Dave Van Ronk, and which offered the young McCarthy an open musical door and bags of confidence-building experience – to opening shows and sharing the stage with the likes of Jorma Kaukonen, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Nanci Griffith, Taj Mahal, The Beach Boys, Linda Rondstadt and countless others; in short, a true who‘s who of modern US acoustic-roots music.