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Pre Production Presents… Martin Stephenson & The Daintees.

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"You can always rely on Martin Stephenson & The Daintees to raise the temperature, get your pulse racing and banish any winter blues ..."
Washington born Martin Stephenson settles back in a chair in one of his favoured coffee shops and reflects on his 33 years as what the music business would call ‘a recording artist’. Close to the River Tyne is one of his ‘bolt holes’ (he has another in the Highlands of Scotland), away from the music business, for which he has a healthy disregard, and away from the shakers and movers who have attempted to mould him (unsuccessfully) since he made his recording debut with The Daintees on Kitchenware records in 1982. Kitchenware, the epitome of hipness back in the day, had high hopes for their new prodigy. The Daintees debut album Boat to Bolivia, issued in 1986, was greeted with almost universal acclaim and the feeling that the north east east had produced its next ascendant star was palpable.
But Martin Stephenson was not one for following rules. ‘It wasn’t for me. Recording contracts with big record companies, high expectations for sales and the idea that if I just did this or that it would all work out fine. No, that wasn’t the road I was travelling down. Mind……...it took me four albums to find out!’ The modest sincerity in Stephenson’s tone belies the steely individuality that he has exhibited since those heady days.
Calling time on the Daintees in 1992 he embarked upon a solo career that could have marked the end for the band. He was musically satisfied, gigging regularly, where his virtuosity on the guitar and deeply personal song writing still attracted healthy audiences, and able to continue to record on his own terms. But in 2000, a change of heart resulted in the reformation of the band. ‘I decided I could do both. Me and my little guitar for smaller gigs and me and The Daintees for the bigger places.’ Audiences flocked to see them and an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival cemented their reputation.
So here we are today. Drinking coffee and reflecting upon a tour of the UK just completed with The Daintees where venues were full if not sold out and looking forward to a homecoming gig at Newcastle City Hall. ‘It’s a chance to let the maximum number of people see us and to hear some songs from our most recent album ‘Haunted Highway’ (of which respected music magazine No Depression noted ‘I can’t remember the last time an album excited me so much’).
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