Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling, and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.
This tour mark’s Martyn’s 40th year in the business, so he’ll be playing songs from his most recent release 1960 but also delving back into what now is a vast back catalogue with favourites and surprises and possibly the odd request!
1960, his critically acclaimed 2021 record, contains a repertoire of songs which explore the enigma of the passing days and those ‘incandescent moments’, of ‘a soul that’s taking stock’. The album was made Folk Album of The Month in Mojo and awarded 4 starts by Uncut, and remained in the UK Official Folk charts for much of 2022.
In April 2019 he won a “Wales Folk Award” for ‘Here Come the Young’, the title track of his 2018 album, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”
In 2018 he was honoured with a” Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK.
He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 33 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.
Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness, and love for his trade, he’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”
Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”
Martyn is also founder, along with his wife Justine, of the “Let Yourself Trust”. LYT works alongside Martyn’s music to help give profile to and fund Grassroots organizations across the globe. They have given away over half a million pounds to 14 different projects in the last 7 years.
He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.
Artist’s website: https://www.martynjoseph.net/
‘Born Too Late’ – official video:
10 November 22 CARDIGAN Mwldan Bath-House Rd, Cardigan SA43 1JY
11 November 22 NEATH Neath Little Theatre, Westernmoor Rd, Neath SA11 1BQ
12 November 22 TOPSHAM, Nr EXETER Matthews Hall Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HF
13 November 22 PENZANCE The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BU
Tel: 01736 363545 | Website: https://www.theacornpenzance.com/events/martyn-joseph/
17 November 22 READING South Street Arts Centre 21 South St, Reading RG1 4QU
18 November 22 PETERSFIELD, HAMPSHIRE, TPS Studio, The Petersfield School, Cranford Road, Petersfield, GU32 3LU
19 November 22 AYLSHAM, NORFOLK Town Hall Market Place, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6EL
Tel: 07941 378311 | Website: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/norwich/aylsham-town-hall/martyn-joseph-in-concert/e-yvzeoa
20 November 22 HITCHIN, HERTS, Hitchin Folk Club , Hitchin Cricket Club, The Pavilion, Lucas Lane, Hitchin, Herts., SG5 2JA.
Tel: 01462 812391 | Website: https://www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net/programme.html
24 November 22 BELFAST Fitzroy, 77 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1LN
25 November 22 GLASGOW CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
26 November 22 GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall, Gateshead central Library, Prince Consort rd, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 07518 185918 | Website: https://www.imageacoustic.co.uk/store/product/martyn-joseph-caedmon-hall-gateshead
27 November 22 IREBY, CUMBRIA The Globe Hall, The Square, Ireby, Wigton CA7 1DX – SOLD OUT!
2 December 22 HUTTON RUDBY, N YORKS Hutton Rudby Village Hall, Enterpen, Hutton Rudby, TS15 0EJ.
Tel: 07981 260861 | Website: https://huttonrudbyvillagehall.org.uk/friends-of-the-village-hall/
3 December 22 HEBDEN BRIDGE Wadsworth Community Centre, Billy Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8RY,
4 December 22 SHEFFIELD The Greystones, Greystones Rd, Sheffield S11 7BS – NOTE 2 SHOWS: AFTERNOON and EVENING
Website: Afternoon http://www.wegottickets.com/event/548242 and Evening http://www.wegottickets.com/event/548241
6 December 22 CHESTER Telfords Warehouse, Tower Wharf, Raymond St, Chester CH1 4EZ
11 January 23 BIDDULPH, STAFFS Biddulph Up In Arms, St Lawrences’ Church, Congleton Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7RG
12 January 23 BIRMINGHAM MAC Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Tel: 0121 446 3232 | Website: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/martyn-joseph-1
13 January 23 SEVENOAKS Bessels Green Baptist Church, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks TN13 2PS
14 January 23 BRIDGWATER Bridgwater Arts Centre 11-13 Castle St, Bridgwater TA6 3DD
18 January 23 LONDON Kings Place 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Tel: 020 7520 1440 | Website: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/?kw=2023-01-18
19 January 23 LEEDS Seven Artspace, 31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD
Tel: 0113 26 26 777 | Website: http://www.sevenleeds.co.uk/event/mewl-music-martyn-joseph-2/
20 January 23 BURY The Met Market St, Bury BL9 0BW
21 January 23 LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall Music Room, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP
Tel: 0151 709 3789 | Website: https://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/contemporary-music/martyn-joseph/4186
22 January 22 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook 466 Portswood Rd, Portswood, Southampton SO17 3SD
26 January 23 CAMBRIDGE The Junction Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Tel: 01223 511 511 | Website: https://www.junction.co.uk/martyn-joseph
27 January 23 BURTON ON TRENT The Brewhouse Union St, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1AA
Tel: 01283 508100 | Website: http://www.brewhouse.co.uk/events/martyn-joseph-0
28 January 23 MILTON KEYNES The Stables, Stockwell Ln, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
Tel: 01908 280800 | Website: https://stables.org/event/martyn-joseph
29 January 2023 SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn Frankwell Quay, Frankwell, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT
Tel: 01743 281281 | Website: https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/martyn-joseph/
2 February 23 STOWMARKET John Peel Centre Church Walk, Stowmarket IP14 1ET
Tel: 01449 774678 | Website: https://www.johnpeelcentre.com/event/ivw-23-martyn-joseph/
3 February 23 WORCESTER Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD
Tel: 01905 611 427 | Website: https://worcestertheatres.co.uk/huntingdon-hall/whats-on/martyn-joseph
4 February 23 BRISTOL, The Folk House, 440a Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG
Tel: 0117 926 2987 | Website: https://www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk/live-music/event/martyn-joseph-04-02-2023
5 February 23 UCKFIElD Civic Centre Civic Approach, Uckfield TN22 1AE
7 February 23 CARDIFF St Davids Hall, 9-11 The Hayes, St Davids Centre, Cardiff CF10 1AH
Tel: 02920 878444 | Website: https://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/whats-on/folk/martyn-joseph-rescheduled/