WRITER AND PERFORMER OF FOLK SONGS, BALLADS AND SHANTIES IN THE ENGLISH TRADITIONAL STYLE.
PERFORMING EVERY YEAR SINCE 1974 IN BRITAIN, EUROPE AND U.S.A.
EARLY SOLO APPEARANCES WERE AT YOUTH CLUBS, SOCIAL CLUBS, THE NOTORIOUS WALTON HOP, WORKING MEN’S CLUBS AND OF COURSE FOLK CLUBS WHERE HIS PERFORMANCES WERE MET WITH POLITE INTEREST AS THEY WERE MUCH MORE BOISTEROUS THAN THE USUAL ACTS ON THE CIRCUIT. TO BE HONEST THEY STILL ARE BOISTEROUS, WHICH OF COURSE HOW WHAT WE KNOW NOW AS FOLK MUSIC WOULD HAVE ORIGINALLY BEEN PERFORMED, RATHER THAN THE GENTLE EDWARDIAN PARLOR PERFORMANCES WHICH SEEM TO DOMINATE FOLK CLUBS AND RADIO THESE DAYS.
HIS SONGS THOUGH ROOTED IN THE PAST REFLECT CONTEMPORARY THEMES WHICH ARE OF COURSE TIMELESS: SEX, LOVE, DEATH, MURDER, INTRIGUE AND INEQUALITIES.
IN 1986, Martin along with Steve Bass formed The Roaring Hundreds. The band had success on the folk club and festival circuit. They released two albums, two EP’s and a DVD before playing their ‘final performance’ in 1999. However since then there has been the occasional reunion gig.
My Mistress’s Song Book. Commonwealth. Prospect & Hope. Curious Lights. A Journeyman’s Tales. Disparate Folk. Lives, Labours, Loves.
The Roaring Hundreds: Hearsay. 1759. Commonwealth. Valiant. Cornwall ’87 Folk Festival (DVD).