Writer and performer of folk songs, ballads and shanties in the English traditional style.
Performing since 1974 in Britain, Europe and U.S.A.
Debut gig at The Chequers,Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, August 1974 where he performed his first folk composition ‘I Met a Man on the Wareham Road.’
Martin has gigged every year since.
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 the reaction in folk clubs is still the same!
Martin does augment his sound with backing musicians namely ‘Shouting in the Woods’ and ‘The Disparate Folk.’
His songs though rooted in the past reflect contemporary themes which are of course timeless concerning sex, death, love, murder, intrigue and inequalities.
He continues to gig doing solo and augmented performances as well as the occasional gig with Surrey folk band The Roaring Hundreds.