Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers! I’m thrilled to help Al Rankin announce that the brilliant Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph will be coming to Sydenham Street United Church in less than three weeks from now. They are going to use the newly renovated concert hall upstairs, a beautiful 200 seat space that will be the perfect venue for a very special performer. Proceeds from the concert will fund peace and social justice outreach programs at the church.
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, 31 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 mesmerizing live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognized with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.
Martyn Joseph ~ www.martynjoseph.net
Friday, Sept. 6th, 7:30 pm
Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, ON
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds to fund social justice outreach at SSUC
On sale now at Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess St.
613 542-2452 for phone orders
Martyn Joseph 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. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended. 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 has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey.
“Stunning, heartfelt music”
Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013
“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”
“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough 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”
“A profound experience”
The Boston Globe
“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”
“Written with craft, performed with passion”
“He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”
Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2
“Britain`s best kept secret…a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”
MoJo 4* review