[Logo] Eliza Shaen-Carter - Biography.

(written by herself). [photo Paradiso, Amsterdam, 1998]

A bit about Eliza.

Eliza Shaen-Carter was born in 1948 in England. Her father was head of an old Irish family and her mother was British. An ancestor of hers is songwriter/entertainer and artist Percy French.

She first began singing folksongs (mainly Joan Baez) on the beach etc. in her mid teens and then occasionally in folk clubs in the London area like the "Folk Barge", Kingston, always a-capella. Her main interest was in art and after the third art college she finally graduated as sculptor in 1979. Since then she has been exhibiting work in England, Ireland and the Netherlands.

She began to sing more regularly in 1978, when she met the London folksingers John and Del Dwyer. In 1979 she decided to learn to play the guitar. From then on the music world opened up, creating a constant tension between art and music. Since then she has played in England (mainly in the south, particularly in "The Crypt", and "Centre Folk" in London), Ireland, (Dublin and Mayo), Greece, Spain, Gibraltar, the Canary and Channel Islands.

[photo with Diamonds and Rust] She came to the Netherlands at the end of 1981 and in 1982 she had her first experience playing with a band. In 1983 she had her debut on radio. She met banjo player Paul van Gelder in 1982 and later they teamed up with Joop Eisenberger on the mandolin to form "Diamonds and Rust" in 1985, playing folk, country, old timey, and bluegrass music performing all over the Netherlands and occasionally in Germany.


Festivals include:

Radio performances include: For Television: In 1995 she ran a weekly folk session in Amsterdam, meeting musicians from the blues and rock traditions as well as folk and country. Since then she has played with musicians of a variety of disciplines.

She uses a mixture of folk and country material from both sides of the Atlantic as well as some of her own. She says about her choice of songs: "There is usually some part or all of the text, that makes a statement that I really feel and wish to express. As a folksinger I have no qualms about renewing or reviving good songs".

  1. Eliza at "One More Saturday Night - A Grateful Dead Celebration", Amsterdam, Paradiso, 1998, by Eti Steinberg.
  2. Eliza in the time with Diamonds and Rust, sent by Sieka van Gelder.
  3. Eliza and Steve Bradshaw at "The Craic Irish/Celtic Folkfestival 1998" in De Meern.

End of file: Eliza Shaen-Carter - Biography, iss.7, 2009-09-12; © Eliza Shaen-Carter; author Eliza Shaen-Carter; editor: Eltjo Toorn, eltjot@dds.nl; URL: http://huizen.dds.nl/~eltjot/eliza/elizabio.htm