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Sunday, November 5th, 2017
6:45 PM
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and 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 and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. 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 called The Welsh Springsteen

Martyn 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.

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his Let Yourself Trust, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations.

2016 was one of Martyn's busiest, and this was acknowledged by him being nominated in the Hardest Working Artist category at the UK Independent Music Awards, being the only folk artist to receive any nomination. Playing over 170 shows worldwide he was also part of the Parliament/EFDSS project Sweet Liberties marking 800 years of British democracy. One of his songs from this, Nye celebrating Nye Bevan, the author of the NHS, has been enthusiastically received by audiences everywhere, as well as having BBC national airplay on Mark Radcliffe's Folk Show and Tom Robinson's 6 Music show.

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It's a road he's been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, 'you keep turning up and so will I.'

Martyn is one of the few artists we re-book every year at Folk in the Barn. Those that know the power of his music and performance will know why.

Stunning, heartfelt music

Bob Harris BBC Radio 2,

"Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocativefrom 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 - 5 stars

heartfelt and ultimately optimistic songs Songlines

One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough 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 Magazine

A profound experience
The Boston Globe

Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility

Time Out

Written with craft, performed with passion
Financial Times

www.martynjoseph.net


Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets
£16 online
£17 offline (cash or cheque in advance)
£18 on the door

Choice of booking options on
www.folkinthebarn.co.uk
01227 831493