2023 is Martyn’s 41st year in the business and started with him being part of BBC Radio 2’s “21st Century Folk” project, with his song “Albert’s Place”; and included appearances on BBC Breakfast TV, the Jeremy Vine and Ken Bruce shows on BBC Radio, along with Radio 4’s “World at One.”
His critically acclaimed 2021 record, “1960” was made Folk Album of the Month in Mojo Magazine and awarded four stars by Uncut. The album remained in the UK Official Folk charts for much of 2022.
In April 2019 he won a “Wales Folk Award” for his song, “Here Come the Young”, and in 2023 he has been nominated for Best Solo Artist.
He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a professional career spanning 30 years, 33 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances. With comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and built a reputation as a mesmerizing live performer. Martyn’s ability to reach out to his listeners, through his passion, vitality, relevance and humour, are part of what make him an unmissable solo performer, whose music will stay with you long after the show is over.
“Stunning, heartfelt music.” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
“Genuine emotional clout … one of his best.” – Mojo Magazine “1960” album review ****
“Full of universal themes of joy and sadness.” – Uncut “1960” album review 8/10
“Intelligent, energizing and provocative … from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasure.” – Mojo Magazine
“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters.” – Q Magazine