Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar, multi-award winner Martyn Joseph creates a performance with a huge far-reaching soundth at is energetic, compelling and passionate.
Often compared to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews, Martyn has created his own reputation as a mesmerizing live performer in his own right. 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 dubbed ‘The Welsh Springsteen’.
2023 started with Martyn being part of BBC Radio 2’s ‘21st Century Folk’ project, with appearances on BBC Breakfast TV, the Jeremy Vine and Ken Bruce shows on BBC Radio and Radio 4’s World at One, performing his song ‘Albert’s Place’.
His critically acclaimed 2021 record ‘1960’ was awarded Folk Album of The Month in Mojo, garnered 4 stars at Uncut, and remained in the UK Official Folk charts for most of 2022. In April 2019 he won the Wales Folk Award for ‘Here Come the Young’ and in 2023 he has been nominated for Best Solo Artist.
Martyn is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums and thousands of live performances.
Martyn is also co-founder with his wife Justine, of the ‘Let Yourself Trust’ working to help fund and profile grassroots community organisations across the globe. LYT has to date given away over £500,000 to fourteen different projects.
Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, Martyn 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.”
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.
“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”
Tom Robinson BBC 6 music
“A singer-songwriter who is not afraid to take a stand, Joseph eschews sentimentality” The Times
Albert’s Place https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2PaN-AiR04
Here Come The Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTrpaPnMYE
Nye – Song for the NHS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IBmmXn1QwM