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Martyn Joseph


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Martyn Joseph (born July 15, 1960, in Penarth, Wales) is a Welsh singer-songwriter whose music primarily blends Celtic and folk, while his songwriting often focuses on social protest.

At first glance Martyn Joseph is (just) another gifted singer songwriter. First impressions are there to mislead of course: Joseph’s ambition is broader than entertainment, deeper than commerce. Some musicians want to move your feet, some just want to move you: Martyn Joseph wants to move heaven and earth. Somewhere back in the middle distance Martyn Joseph emerged from the pack and we began to notice. For a moment there he might have been a pop-star, certainly a protest-singer, a balladeer now and then, a Celtic rock star before they were in vogue, a folk troubadour and then, just, Martyn Joseph. Darkness on the edge of Cardiff. If he has a reputation onstage as a raconteur, extemporizing lyrics to fit every occasion, his songs have always been infected with a discreet but defiant god bothering, music more interested in the forgotten than the remembered, the way things might be than the way they have become. It is less the ghost of Tom Jones than a Holy Ghost music, an aching and a longing for another way, another place, where you can treasure the questions that have no answers. Depending on where he was at the time, some of these songs have had a fortune spent on colouring them in while others are the second-take line drawings from the home studio or Polaroid’s snapped live in the back of beyond.


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  • Mullington

    Feels Like This...awesome!

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
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  • knmatt

    But do dolphins really make him cry?

    5 May 2011 Reply
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  • ad496

    From the first time seeing Martyn Joseph as support to Chris de Burgh in Earl's Court, London, I have been a big fan. A severely underrated performer who is down to earth, approachable and immensely talented - If you don't have your passport, join the passport queue immediately!

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • BRossall

    Great guy, amazing songwriter.

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • snowmeister

    Top top top top man. Top tunes, and a really nice bloke in person! Good to see he's still around, after I used to "roadie" for him when he visited Fareham when i was younger!

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Gaynor7

    yeah he's Vegas :o)

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • tontowilliams

    Can't wait to see him this Sunday (18th Nov '07) in Southampton

    14 Nov 2007 Reply
  • folkdevil

    He's *always* fantastic at Greenbelt!

    16 May 2007 Reply
  • hattiej

    I love this guy, he was fantastic at Greenbelt last year :-)

    25 Jan 2007 Reply

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