Gig: Eddie Martin – The Kings Head, Carlisle

Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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**This Thursday: 10th May**

Somerset bluesman Eddie Martin plays an intimate solo gig in Carlisle on Thursday, 10th May as part of the ‘Courtyard Live at the Kings Head’ sessions in the popular city ale house.

Born in London in the 60’s, Eddie Martin wrote his first songs aged 12 and, influenced by acoustic and rock singer-songwriters from both sides of the Atlantic, turned professional after being nominated for Best British Blues Guitarist, Band and Album between 1996 and 1998. Since then he has built a strong following as an acoustic artist and charismatic band leader, he has also recorded and performed with many greats from both sides of the Atlantic, including John Mayall, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal.

His prolific recording and touring schedule takes him from his native UK all round the world to major events – first touring the USA to some acclaim in 1999. Recent years have for example, seen his big band headline the Colne International Rhythm and Blues Festival in the UK, his trio perform at the prestigious Cahors Blues Festival in France, and attend the World Harmonica Festival in Germany where he performed solo, held a harmonica masterclass and judged the world blues harmonica competition.
He continues to record numerous live and studio sessions for national radio programs (BBC Radio 2 in the UK). His songs have found their way to the finals of the International Songwriting Competition and to the song stable of Alligator Records. His live performances have always attracted accolades: “The stuff of legend” said Guitarist Magazine this year,”a live act not to be missed” said Blues Revue USA.
His acoustic style has developed into a percussive blend of traditional blues slide and fingerpicking styles with flamenco rasguerdo techniques. These he combines with rack harmonica playing and foot percussion in the style of the one-man-blues bands such as Duster Bennet, Joe Hill Louis and Dr Ross.
Most strikingly innovative is the simultaneous rack harmonica and guitar style that he has developed and which caused the International Harmonica Federation to single him out as one of the innovators on the instrument at the World Harmonica Festival in Germany.
A master songwriter, acoustic and electric guitarist, harmonica player and powerful singer, Eddie Martin has been described as “the most remarkable blues man of his generation” by Blues in Britain.
Support is from Chuck Fish originally from Washington state USA and now plying his musical trade in the deep south of Cumbria. Charles aka Chuck’s influences come from country/bluegrass and Americana.
The event starts at 8.00 and entry is £3

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