The String Jam Club welcomes MARTIN STEPHENSON on Saturday 15 October
Doors 7.30 pm
Martin Stephenson, the much-travelled, much-loved singer-songwriter and frontman of the Daintees, makes a welcome return solo visit to String Jam Club. One of the great things about Martin Stephenson is that you never quite know what he’s going to say next. There is rarely a dull moment in conversation or on stage with Stephenson, but that’s exactly what you’d hope from someone who’s never stood still during 35 years in love with music. For him, it’s not a career, it’s a lifetime calling, and his restless troubadour spirit has now amassed an extraordinary catalogue of 40 albums. Martin’s richly detailed and nuanced songwriting are a perfect fit for his superb guitar-picking, a huge melting pot of influences, from folk and country to Americana to rock ‘n’ roll, but with plenty of the heart and style that’s pure Stephenson and no one else. His spontaneity is legendary. Whether he’s playing for 5,000 people in the acoustic tent at Glastonbury or in a small venue out in the styx, the love, generosity and respect flows to and from the stage. Wherever he is, even at home, the music bug never takes a day off. “Sometimes I go out on the street and play Chet Atkins stuff, or Merle Travis,” he says. “It’s lovely, because I don’t put a case out for money, I just do it because I love doing it.”
“One of the finest and grossly underrated singer songwriters this country has given birth to has stood in the shadows for too long.” (Sounds Magazine)
“Clearly, Martin Stephenson would play all night if allowed to. The stage is his natural habitat. They should slap a preservation order on him.” (10/10 Liverpool, O2 Academy)
“Stephenson’s songs ooze charm and wit, with little regard for fads or fashions.” (Record Collector)
“In my opinion, Martin is genuinely one of the UK’s finest ever songwriters. And a mighty nice chap.” (Louder Than War)
“All of his songs from the last 30 years are ‘from the heart’ and quite often deep and meaningful, but never po-faced.” (No Depression)
“Nearly every song was greeted with thundering applause and cheers from all around me.” (Stirling Tolbooth)
“… the masses can now enjoy the intelligent wordplay and sheer joy of a Martin Stephenson album.” (No Depression)
Tickets £13, from the venue or phone 01750-721233 (credit card bookings incur 50p transaction fee).
Eventbrite bookings (County Hotel accommodation deals, subject to room availability).
Tickets on the door, subject to availability.
15% discount on hotel restaurant meals 6.00 – 7.00 pm on the day for String Jam ticket holders. Advance table booking advised.
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String Jam Club @ County Hotel
Phone:01750 721 233