Martyn Joseph UK Tour
Martyn Joseph’s new studio album is out now to coincide with an extensive UK tour that will see Martyn play over 20 dates throughout the UK over the coming months.
Sanctuary, the Welsh singer-songwriter’s twenty-first studio release in a prolific career spanning four decades, finds him reunited with Ben Wisch, the three time Grammy Award-winning producer who helmed 1992’s Being There. When the two originally got together, Joseph had signed to Sony Records and Wisch had masterminded Marc Cohn’s smash hit single, ‘Walking In Memphis’.
Joseph and Wisch convened at the latter’s house in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where they recorded the guts of Sanctuary with a stellar cast of musicians, including guitarist Kevin Barry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ray LaMontagne), bassist Zev Katz (Jeff Beck, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen) and drummer Ben Whittman (Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash), providing “added vibe and nuance”.
His joy in recording Sanctuary is equalled by the joy of listening to the completed work, which musically pools a myriad of influences and is lyrically contemplative, honest and big-hearted.
Sanctuary affirms Joseph’s reputation as the Welsh Springsteen, an assiduous craftsman whose songs profoundly articulate the human condition, emphasized by a stout social conscience.
As Joseph himself explains, “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”
In 2014, he established Let Yourself Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that aims “to make a small difference out of great love and commitment, by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored through fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations”.
Already this year, the Trust has helped out a homeless shelter in Swansea and partnered with Advantage Africa to improve the lives of people with albinism in Uganda. And in March, Joseph joined a party of thirty volunteers who rebuilt a demolished home in Palestine, “to stand in solidarity with a beautiful family, to offer hope to trampled dreams and heartache”.
Martyn is delighted to be back out on the road promoting the new album on an extensive UK tour that runs until late January 2016.
Martyn Joseph remaining UK tour dates:
03 Dec 15 DERBY The Flowerpot, 23 – 25 King Street, Derby, DE1 3DZ
Tel: 01332 204955 | Website: www.rawpromo.co.uk
04 Dec 15 GATESHEAD Gateshead Old Town Hall, West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HE
Tel: 0191 443 4661 | Website: www.sagegateshead.com
05 Dec 15 LEEDS Live @ All Hallows, 24 Regent Terrace, Leeds, LS6 1NP.
06 Dec 15 BIRMINGHAM Hare and Hounds, 106 High Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B14 7JZ
Tel: 0121 444 2081 | Website: www.worldunlimited.co.uk
08 Dec 15 CHESTER Telfords Warehouse, Canal Basin, Tower Wharf, Chester, CH1 4EZ
Tel: (01244) 39 00 90
10 Dec 15 LONDON Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London. UK. NW1 7AY
11 Dec 15 WINDSOR Windsor Baptist Church, Victoria St, Windsor, Berks, SL4 1EH
Tel: 01753 868060 | Website: www.wegottickets.com
21 Jan 16 CAMBRIDGE The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
Tel: 01223 511511 | Website: www.junction.co.uk
22 Jan 16 BUNGAY, SUFFOLK The Fisher Theatre, 10 Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EE
Tel: 01986 897130 | Website: www.fishertheatre.org
23 Jan 16 BUILTH WELLS Wyeside Arts Centre, Castle Street, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3BN
Tel: 01982 552 555 | Website: www.wyeside.co.uk
27 Jan 16 BRISTOL The Lantern @ Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol, BS1 5AR