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Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other. He has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”; shades of The Boss, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be, but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.
2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations.
Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material.
"Stunning, heartfelt music” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
"Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasure” MOJO
"A superb album, open yet textured; complex yet immediately listenable: insightful and often hard hitting"” R2 - 5 stars
"heartfelt and ultimately optimistic songs” Songlines
“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate” Tom Robinson BBC 6 music
“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine
"A profound experience” The Boston Globe
“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility” Time Out
"Written with craft, performed with passion” Financial Times
Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.
Antje Duvekot is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Germany but now based in Massachusetts, USA. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition's Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is Martyn's special guest support on a select few of his autumn tour dates; an invitation from Martyn to support him is a significant recommendation in our reckoning.
The Live At All Hallows team still can't quite believe that Martyn's coming to play for us again, seeing as some of us have been following him for most if not all of his thirty-odd years playing live music. In the words of the Church Warden when we told him who we were wanting the church again for: "Woo hoo. Fantastic!"
And if you want to make it a full night out, between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert from the The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows. The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.
Tickets for the gig are £16 in advance, more on the door, and will be available here plus at October's O'Hooley & Tidow Live At All Hallows (without booking fee if you buy direct from us); tickets will also be available in due course via Jumbo Records.
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