The hits just keep on coming! Martyn was booked to come to town for two shows at The StuDome, but those sold out so quickly, he wanted to add another day, and once again, Management at The StuDome is throwing us a bone, and it’s a good one!
Live at The Sunset Saloon (House Concert, Westwood, Winnipeg)
Suggested donation $25 (all money goes directly to this talented artist!)
If you wish, bring a drink for yourself, and/or a snack to share, but we’ve always got plenty of all of those on hand!
All are welcome (bring the kids, friends, family, people off the street, whatever)
We’re hoping for an outdoor show for this one (weather dependent.) We will update this page and send out information via Facebook, Twitter, and my email list (join by filling out the contact form below and stating that you wish to be added) closer to the show.
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Martyn also plays The StuDome in Crescentwood on July 30 & 31. Those shows are sold out, but if you really can’t make our show and want to be placed on a waiting list for one of the others, please fill out the contact form below and we’ll pass along your request.
Also check out Jon Dee Graham @ Sunset Saloon, June 17! (also appearing at The Studome June 18 and River City Social Club, June 19!)
Who could forget the first time that Martyn Joseph played the Winnipeg Folk Festival. It must have been 2002 or 2003. Here was this artist who’d had a successful pop career, signed to a major label, playing huge shows, opening for the likes of Chris DeBurgh and Celine Dion (seriously!), and he came to the festival only to be placed in a tiny, unsuitable tent outside of the music store, in some serious Manitoba heat. The way the sound was set up, Martyn couldn’t hear anything in the tent, so he had to step out of the tiny tent and into the blazing sun. He was 20 years into his remarkable career, and playing a show that could only be called humbling. But he did it masterfully. He quickly won over the crowd with his quick wit, undeniable Welsh charm, that strong guitar playing, a powerful, emotive voice, and those songs… what songs.
I’ve spoken to Martyn a number of times on UMFM, and every time feels uplifting and revealing. He’s truly one of my favourite interview guests, and someone that I love to talk to and learn from. In 2012, he was kind enough to spend an afternoon singing and chatting with me in UMFM’s live studio. Being that close to such a performance was a real highlight of my time at UMFM.
Seeing Martyn Joseph live is an experience like no other. I use the word ‘passionate’ far too often when describing Martyn, but it just fits so well. I’ve seen him get swept up in emotion on stage, both joyful and sad. I’ve seen him speak and motivate audiences like the best preacher. I’ve seen him silence a noisy room, and of course he can get a crowd singing and clapping along with ease.
Martyn’s songs are nothing if not honest. He isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve,telling heartwrenching songs of love and loss, joy and hope, and rallying against evil and injustice. He’s a champion of environmental and social causes, a man who exudes goodness, and isn’t afraid to try to motivate his audience to do good in the world. Seeing Martyn live, you feel like you know him well, and you probably do. Offstage, he’s gracious and kind, just what you’d expect.
He’s played the biggest festivals (he’s been a big hit at The Winnipeg Folk Festival a number of times over the years,) and has headlined big venues all over the place (he’s a regular headlining The West End Cultural Centre,) so it’s a rare and incredible treat to see him in an intimate house concert environment.
Martyn’s most recent album is “Tires Rushing By in the Rain,” an album of Bruce Springsteen covers. Here’s one that he’s been doing for years; it blows me away every time:
One of Martyn’s signature songs, about his home town, Cardiff, Wales:
On Martyn’s support of charities and causes close to his heart:
30 minutes of live performance & conversation:
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