Download some of Martyn's early albums here
Martyn knew Duke as they were part of the Four Capitals Tour in 1964, & as he wrote, t'will be an honour to play at Duke's Hall.
Martyn (photo supplied)
English by birth, Martyn first developed his great interest in folksongs of the outback when he went to Australia in the early 1960's. There, while working on the South Australian sheep station Emu Springs, he gained first hand experience of life as a bush worker and at the same time fell in love with Australia and it's music.
Danny Spooner & Martyn (Bob Bolton photo, NFF1988 BMC archives)
During his subsequent travels he spent much of his time seeking out and learning old songs directly from drovers, cane cutters and other bush workers. As the folk song revival gathered pace in Australia, Martyn found himself singing these songs to audiences all across the Australian continent and after seven years down under, he returned to England where he performed these songs to an appreciative British audience. Concert tours spreading his style of music to the far corners of the world have been the norm since then. Martyn has been involved in the folk scene for over 50 years and has released more than 30 albums, many considered classics of their genre. One of the most engaging performers you're ever likely to see, his exceptionally intimate performance combines songs, humorous bush poetry recitations, stories and anecdotes of outback life and comments on Australian history and culture.
Martyn has not appeared at the Bush Music Club since the 90s.
He appeared at the Loaded Dog Folk Club last year supported by BMC member Claire Doherty
Claire & Martyn - (Naomi Doherty photo)
Hut 44 Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Map of Addison Road Centre http://www.arcco.org.au/contact/
Door opens 7.30 for 8pm start. Session 10.00-11.30pm
Cost - $10
Bring something to drink & a plate for supper
Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886
Duke's place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.
Next concert - Friday 11th November - Don Brian