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6. Martyn Joseph – Clara From the album Songs For The Coming Home
“Welsh Woody Guthrie” Martyn Joseph to play Liverpool
Liverpool Acoustic and Pipe Records are proud to present a special evening of music when Martyn Joseph brings his Songs for the Coming Home tour to the splendour of Sefton Park Palm House on Sunday 23rd June 2013.
Playing in Liverpool for the first time in over nine years, the musician dubbed “The Welsh Woody Guthrie” (The Western Mail) and “David Gray with b##ls” (Splendizine.com) will be performing a full solo show with no support. Martyn will be joined on stage by special guest Mason Neely. UK-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist Neely is responsible for the big, lush arrangements on the album “Songs for the Coming Home” and provides a fascinating and organic on-stage partnership with Joseph.
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other.
Touring in support of a brand new studio album “Songs for the Coming Home”, shades of Springsteen, 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.
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.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.
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.
Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.
“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” – MOJO
“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
“He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines” – Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 93: Sunday 23rd June 2013 – Martyn Joseph
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Spotlight 93: Sunday 23rd June 2013 – Martyn Joseph
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