Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer-songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk, funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.
Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Joseph is 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”.
He was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on singer/songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.
His latest album ‘Sanctuary’ was released in Autumn 2015 to great critical acclaim. The album was produced by Grammy winner Ben Wisch and it musically pools myriad influences and is lyrically contemplative, honest and big-hearted – attributes that also convey a sense of both the artist and the individual. It’s impossible not to share his optimism for the collection.
“Stunning, heartfelt music” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasure” – MOJO
“A superb album, open yet textured; complex yet immediately listenable: insightful and often hard hitting” – R2 *****
“heartfelt and ultimately optimistic songs” – Songlines
“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
This is a seated show.