Martyn Joseph

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Another guitar laden singer songwriter he may be, but in these transient times where musicians have a seemingly inevitable disposability, the longevity of Martyn’s thirty year career suggests he has something special to offer.

Martyn’s come a long way since the days when Epic signed him after selling 30,000 copies of his self-financed album ‘An Aching and A Longing’. Since those days... more

Another guitar laden singer songwriter he may be, but in these transient times where musicians have a seemingly inevitable disposability, the longevity of Martyn’s thirty year career suggests he has something special to offer.

Martyn’s come a long way since the days when Epic signed him after selling 30,000 copies of his self-financed album ‘An Aching and A Longing’. Since those days he has had 5 Top 50 UK chart hits and has toured with, amongst others, Art Garfunkel, Ani DiFranco, Jools Holland, Suzanne Vega, Chris DeBurgh, Runrig, Celine Dion, Shirley Bassey, Joan Armatrading, and Mark Cohn. In addition to being awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards, he has also received many humanitarian plaudits and awards, with themes of social justice being a constant presence throughout his music. October 2010 saw the release of Martyn’s 31st album release ‘Under Lemonade Skies’, enthusiastically described by Radio 2’s Bob Harris as ‘his biggest album to date’.

Martyn’s ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s more than one musician on stage. He continues to tour extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, building up a constantly expanding and enthusiastic fan base. The shows are intelligently constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His great improvisation and immediate topicality lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences, his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evenings success.

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