Martin Heslop
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Martin Heslop


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"On the Beat"

Martin Heslop sent me a rather brilliant CD last week. It is a real jewel, so atmospheric. The scent of cedar wood, a crackling crystal set, outside a storm doing its worst, inside empty, wailing, despair. She's gone. Wonderful melancholy.

As the Stories Burn is crying out for national radio play. Feverish. Creeping. A contagion. It conjures up silent movie melodrama. This is Elbow getting their hands dirty. A bit of the crooked gait and gnarly delivery of Tom Waits.

Martin is a fantastic storyteller with a voice that twists and torments like a knife through butter. Accordians, brushed drums but also occasional sparkling electric guitar accompanying these tales bringing a little light and shade to the dark words.

Mince and potatoes is a sad song written and delivered as the mince and spuds are simmering away. Just acoustic guitar and lamenting voice but glorious all the same. - The Evening Gazette

"The Link"

Refreshingly original take on songwriting - Martin's lyrics flow from lament to lament, a balance between the heartfelt and the tongue-in-cheek... He acknowledges the influences of Fabrizio de Andre and Tom Waits but I was immediately reminded of Nick Cave. In a seafaring mood. Highly recommended. - The Link

"The Crack Magazine"

These five tracks are a brilliant showcase for the talents of Martin Heslop; a singer/songwriter who weaves world weary stories that are given a woozy charm with the introduction of some lovely percussive elements and an accordion lending the whole production a gypsy style feel. - The Crack Magazine


As the Stories Burn (E.P) with the following songs:

As the Stories Burn (radio airplay BBC Newcastle / BBC Tees)
No Lullaby
Away with the Wagon
Mince and Potatoes
The Prisoner



Steam trains and heartbeats and old accordion players and drinking all come together to make the sound of Martin Heslop and his band.

Martin is a songwriter and performer dividing his time between Newcastle and Manchester with a band in each city.

Taking influence from the great songwriters of past and present, his words tell wry stories from hard trodden roads, the guitars and accordions play the odd gypsy scales of Tom Waits and Fabrizio de Andre and the tough arrangement of percussion and melody come together to make a sound that is both old and new-born.

After building up a good following while playing in Manchester band ‘The Reverend Coyote’ Martin left to pursue his own path and spent the next year writing and arranging a new set of songs which have been recorded with drums and percussion by Christian Alderson (The Unit Ama, Helicitite).

Passionate about, and heavily involved in, the recording and production end of music, Martin helps to run Shipyard Studios in Northumberland. This gives him the freedom to work on finding the right sound and arrangements for his tracks which is reflected in the songs.