Martyn Joseph ‘Days of Decision’ Album Tour
Martyn Joseph – For just one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.
January 2020 will see Martyn release ‘Days Of Decision: A Tribute to Phil Ochs’, who was also, like Martyn, known for his sharp wit, sardonic humour, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. Martyn says “What is most striking to me is how poignant and vital his words remain to our present time. It’s uncanny that as you wander through this material there are so many echoes of our current struggle with right wing populism and those who pervade their wares through lies, cynicism and fear. Phil once said that ‘In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty’. He brought and left us with a lot of that ‘beauty’ and it’s been an honour to dwell within it for a while and hopefully give it a small nudge forward.”
Phil Ochs sister Sonny wrote of the project, “My brother, Phil Ochs, died by his own hand more than 40 years ago on April 9, 1976 at the age of 35. He wrote an amazing number of songs – many of which were political in nature and which are still relevant today. The songs are being recorded by many different artists all these years later. I was honored to learn that Martyn Joseph had decided to put out a CD exclusively featuring Phil’s songs. Martyn is a performer who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. Phil would have loved to know him and be his friend! They both show sensitivity to the needs of the underdog.
I am very happy with the songs that Martyn decided to record. They show Phil’s range of songwriting – topical songs, humor, love songs, songs about individuals, songs to excite a rally, etc. The beauty of this cd is that Martyn gives sparse renditions of the songs. The cd is about the songs, not the performer. It’s the words and melodies that count. No bells and whistles – just pure respect for the music. The listener is free to listen to the words which are so important even this many years later. Thank you, Martyn, for helping to carry on the legacy!”
- Thursday 16 January – Cambridge Junction J2. Show 8pm Tickets £20 adv. Tel. 01223 511 511 www.junction.co.uk