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Martin Stephenson

Invergordon, Scotland, United Kingdom | INDIE

Invergordon, Scotland, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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2011

SEPTEMBER


Thu. 15th PRIVATE HOUSECONCERT


Fri. 16th Jazz Cafe. Daintees (play Gladsome Humour & Blue)
5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG
Tel: 020 7485 6834
Tickets: £15.00
http://www.jazzcafe.co.uk/


Sat. 17th THE ALBERT CLUB
39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd, West Didsbury
Manchester, M20 2PA
Tel: 0161 445 1056
Tickets: £9.50 in advance


Sun. 18th BUTE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
STEPHENSON’S ROCKETS, featuring the amazing Jose Guillan (Sureshots), John Cavener (Band of Holy Joy), Keith Shepherd (James Hunter Band)Martin Stephenson (Daintees) Helen McCookerybook (Chefs)
http://www.buteguitarfestival.co.uk/

Fri. 23rd Korks Wine Bar & Brasserie
40 Bondgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1AD
Tel: 01943 462020
http://www.korks.co.uk/


Sat. 24th Appleton Thorne Village Hall
Stretton Rd, Warrington WA4
Tel: 01925 261187


OCTOBER

Fri. 7th Sound of Suburbs presents: HAYRIDE at The Accies club
Helensburgh Drive, Jordanhill, Glasgow, G13 1RR
featuring Martin Stephenson, The Moonshiners with guest musicians Kenny Brady( Cajun fiddle ace) & Malcolm Macmasters (pedal steel)
Fancy dress: Put on ya best Western gear and act middle aged for a change! Lets embarass the fekin community and have a real fun night!


Sat. 8th ULLAPOOL ARGYLL HOTEL
18 Argyle St, Ullapool IV26 2UB
Tel Franner or Nigel: 01854 612 422
www.theargyllullapool.com/


Sat. 15th Private Function


Thu. 27th GLASGOW, RENFREW FERRY. DAINTEES


NOVEMBER

Fri. 11th Private party

Sat. 12th Private party

Sun. 13th HAVERHILL Arts Centre: MS & DAINTEES!
High Street, Haverhill, EN CB9 8AR
Tel: 01440 714 140
(W) www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


Sat. 19th PRIVATE HOUSE PARTY


Tue. 22nd DAINTEES HIT SHEFFIELD: THE GREYSTONES
GREYSTONES ROAD, SHEFFIELD, S11 7BS
www.mygreystones.co.uk
07811 028152

Wed. 23rd DAINTEES HIT SHEFFIELD
GREYSTONES ROAD, SHEFFIELD, S11 7BS
www.mygreystones.co.uk
07811 028152

Sat. 26th THE BIG NOIZY
CROY MINERS WELFARE SOCIAL CLUB/CROY
Overcroy Road, Croy Kilsyth North, Lanarkshire G65 9HW
Contact Brian Deanie: 07770 954 239


DECEMBER

Fri. 2nd Marine Hall, Waterfront Venue
The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6HF
Phone: 01253 771141
Email: info@marinehall.co.uk
Website: www.marinehall.co.uk
Tel 01253 887693


Tel: 01253 858529
http://www.marinehall.co.uk/events.php



Thu. 15th GLASGOW. STEREO MS & DAINTEES
22-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 5AR
Telephone: 0141 222 2254
http://www.stereocafebar.com/
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets £15 avail from http://www.tickets-scotland.com/
and Alan Hendry Alan.Hendry@jacobs.com



Fri. 16th Accies Club. Solo show with special guests!!!
21 Helensburgh Drive, Glasgow, G13 1RR
Tel: 0141 339 3217
Doors: 8.00pm
Tickets £12 avail from http://www.tickets-scotland.com/
and Alan Hendry Alan.Hendry@jacobs.com




Sun. 18th DAINTEES @ BLUECAT CAFE
17 Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4AG
Tel: Danny: 0161 432 2117
Web: www.bluecatcafe.co.uk/



Thu. 22nd DAINTEES CLUNY XMAS


Fri. 23rd DAINTEES CLUNY XMAS


2012
January

Fri. 13th LONDON KALAMAZOO KLUB SPECIAL









- Martin Stephenson


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Martin Stephenson...
Martin is an outstanding singer and songwriter, whose career in music now stretches back over thirty years of critical acclaim and relentless touring. Born in County Durham in the Northeast of England on the 27th July 1961, Martin was initially fired up to play in a band when the punk rock phenomenon went over ground in the late 1970's. Then as now, Martins free spirit incorporated a love for an eclectic range of musical styles, from rockabilly and bluegrass, through to straight-ahead rock and full tilt punk. He convened his band The Daintees in the early 80's with the name deliberately chosen as a response to the humourlessness and angst of much of the music of the time. The Daintees became one of the first bands to sign to the Newcastle based independent label, Kitchenware. Their debut single, Roll On Summertime was a sparkling and charming affair that announced the arrival of a considerable new talent.
After Kitchenware packed Martin and the band off to London Records, he released the marvellous debut album, Boat To Bolivia (1985) produced by future Pixies, Bunnymen and James sound engineer Gil Norton. The album was packed with excellent rootsy pop songs which boasting a veritable rainbow of styles sung and played with a youthful enthusiasm and warmth that paradoxically perhaps, displayed a mature and unique song writing talent. The album contained tracks such as the bittersweet Crocodile Cryer, the haunting Rain and the alcoholics lament, Little Red Bottle. Lengthy bouts of touring saw the band gain a reputation as a fantastic live act and cemented a loyal fan base which remains with him today.
Subsequent albums, Gladsome, Humour and Blue (1987), Salutation Road (1989) and The Boys Heart (1992) failed to capture the true feelings that Martin was trying to convey. Something which London records seemed oblivious to in their quest for hit singles. This led to Martin kicking against the constraints that the label put in his way and undertook a tour of the Scottish highlands, playing folk clubs and tiny bars.
Martin left London records in 1993 and also severed his ties with the Kitchenware management team. He signed to the west London based indie label Demon Records for whom he made three highly acclaimed albums, Yogi In My House (1995), Sweet Misdemeanour (1995) and Beyond The Leap, Beyond The Law (1997). Following the sale of Demon in 1998, Martin moved to the Tyneside based label Get Rhythm, releasing the album When It's Gone, It's Gone (1998). 1999 saw the release of his eponymous album for the Floating World label. The album consisted of re-recordings of some of his finest songs from all stages in his career. Free from the commercial constraints of the mainstream music industry, Martin relocated to the highlands of Scotland, ploughing his own furrow and still refining his already admirable musical talents. The Lilac Tree was released in 2000 and was a more acoustic based sound that saw his music move in a different direction. This love of different styles of music saw Martin visit North Carolina to seek out many of his heroes and also made him many new friends and fans. After returning he recorded a couple of lo-fi albums, The Church Of The Mini Disc and The Incredible Shrinking Band that features a mixture of old folk tunes and new material.
These days you're just as likely to see Martin singing in a tee-pee with the highland tree people or playing the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with Janis Ian. Maybe even busking on the street corners of Inverness with his banjo and guitar or touring Spain with his swing band The Toe-Rags. One thing is for sure you won't find him drinking with the fat cats. Life's too short and besides, there's too much Doc Watson to learn out there.
In between writing poetry, Martin released Collective Force in April 2002 to universal acclaim. An album made possible by the many friends and fans who, contributed to making it. Collective Force was followed by Down To The Wood featuring, Jim Hornsby which was recorded outdoors in the Peak District.
2003 saw the reissuing of Martin's back catalogue with many of the Daintees albums being available on CD for the first time, as well as the release of the double CD Haint Of The Budded Rose featuring Martin and the many musicians he encountered on his travels through North Carolina. February 2004 saw the release of Martin's new studio album. The album was titled Airdrie and was a return to the memorable pop sound of The Daintees.
In 2005 Martin toured Australia for the first time to appreciative audiences nationwide. He also released a CD later in the year called the Wheel of Fortune recorded in a remote lighthouse in the Highlands of Scotland. A rockier, darker album than before Martin showed another side to his recording talents whilst still retaining the folk roots he so dearly loves.
2007 saw Martin working with his original band the Daintees and the release of Western Eagle in 2008. Martin toured Australia