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Award-winning acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph checks in at the Assembly House, Norwich on Sunday 4th November, 7.30pm, as part of his extensive winter UK tour.
A powerful singer and jaw-dropping guitarist, gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics, Martyn has been compared to Bruce Springsteen but he has carved out his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer.
Social justice is ever-present throughout his music, which has been recognised with numerous humanitarian awards and plaudits. His song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the 2012 World Independent Music Awards and BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris observed that “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines.”
He has won the love of audiences across the USA, Canada and Europe and toured with Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics and Joan Armatrading. A raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, he tells stories of the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour.
2014 saw Martyn take the spirit of his music into new territory with the launch of ‘Let Yourself Trust’, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to challenge injustice, educate via advocacy, campaign for human rights and raise issues that have been forgotten or ignored. He’s also patron of Advantage Africa and Festival Spirit in the UK and Project Somos in Canada and Guatemala.
Reviewers have singled him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with the audience long after the show has ended. A unique talent, driven by passion and love for his trade, Martyn 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.’
Tickets £17, available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk or 07941 378311.