Martin Harley is a mesmerizing singer/songwriter whose original sound draws on influences from old time blues and folk to world music to create songs that sound so familiar you think you’ve grown up with them. Songs about living in cars, worn out shoes, girls lost in the carnival lights, satellite hunting in car parks and a constant sense wondering are recurring themes in Martin's music. His original approach to playing slide guitar across his lap and his accomplished finger style playing are the cornerstone of the music along with his whiskey soaked northern breeze vocals.
Martin is a rare talent in this day and age. He was born in Surrey England in 1975. Disenchanted with suburban life went looking for adventure and music armed with a little money and an acoustic guitar. The result was a catalogue of travels from San Francisco to the top of the Himalyas where he broke the world record for the world's highest ever concert at 19,000ft. He’s journeyed from India to Africa and everywhere in between. Most recently he has been recording an album where the Blues began in Mali, West Africa, which will be accompanied by a film directed by French film maker Yannick Parrat and featuring the likes of Vieux Farka Toure, Bassicou Kouyate and Loby Traore.
In 2003 he released his eponymous first album recorded on the sofa at home with a budget of two hundred pounds which received glowing reviews: “ poetic, intoxicating” Beat Magazine. “ This man is a true one off…. Song writing that is staggeringly good” Kashmir. The following record Money Don’t Matter released in 2006 began to develop with the addition of a full time band and was described as “an understated, mature and intelligent masterpiece of American roots music” Maverick Magazine.
Martin has appeared on compilations with J.J. Cale, P.J. Harvey and Eric Clapton, Paul Weller and The Who. He has played with the likes of….
Bo Diddley, Omar and the Howlers, Joe Bonamassa, Lisa Mils, Dr Feelgood, Newton Faulkner, Scott Mattews, James Blunt, Martin Simpson, Chas n Dave, Happy Mondays, Magic Numbers, The Hat, The Beautiful Girls, Peter Bruntnall, Kate Walsh and many more .
Voted by Digital blues as one of the best solo performers of 2006 and voted best solo acoustic act by London Acoustic in 2005 this slide guitar virtuoso in not to be missed.
Arts Centre, Devizes Road
Saturday 7 March – 8pm
To buy tickets please contact the Box Office on 01793 614837