Newsletter February 2017

A Look Back; A Look Forward; And An Excellent Weekend!

Well the dust has well and truly settled on what was an eventful year for Martin, largely in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the release of Boat to Bolivia. From the ground-breaking ‘Dansette Tour’, playing to a select few in living rooms across the land, to selling out The Sage, The Lowry, and The 100 Club, and finishing the year playing to two thousand people at The Great British Folk Festival. Thanks to all who supported the music and made it such a memorable year.
2017 shows all the signs of building on last year. Martin and The Daintees have been in the studio this month in Airdrie, recording a reworking of Gladsome, Humour & Blue, in the same way that the re-released Boat To Bolivia threw fresh light on the original release. This will be due for release next year to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the original Gladsome, and we’re hoping to get some vinyl editions pressed as well. Watch this space.

The year will see Martin touring extensively, largely solo, and with gigs being added all the time, please check out the gigs page on a regular basis. 
The legendary Guitar Weekend has already been and gone, and was as successful and enjoyable as always. If you haven’t been on one of these weekends, you really should give them a go.

And this brings us nicely on to the annual Song Writing Weekend, held this year over the weekend of 29 September – 01 October. As usual, the venue will be the idyllic Friars Carse Hotel in Dumfries, and we are privileged this year to have Peter Coyle joining us as one of the tutors. Peter found success in the 80’s with The Lotus Eaters, notably with ‘The First Picture of You’, a huge hit in 1983. Details are on the website, but don’t leave it too late.


Speaking of the great Peter Coyle, Martin asked me to include details of a new single Peter has out. Excerpt below from his press release. Great stuff.

Peter Coyle celebrates his 55th birthday by announcing the release of his latest single ‘The Year After You’. Available from 3rd February, the track features lyrics by author Sarah Lewis. Written following the loss of her “best friend and soul mate of 25 years” last year, Sarah used poetry as an outlet for her grief.
Having met the former Lotus Eaters member through her writing on Eighties’ pop culture, Sarah shared the poem with Peter, who surprised her by making it into a song. He says “I was very scared because the words to ‘The Year After You’ were so real and intimate, but it just gripped me and wouldn’t let go. It is so special to open up and allow someone else’s personal feelings and emotions to be expressed in the music, even when they are difficult emotions.
I only read the first two verses and I had to stop. It made me cry and so I had to walk away and come back to it later. It was very emotional and that is why I wanted to try and put it into a song. Even then it was difficult. It hurts just listening to it for me, because the words are so raw and sincere. There is a real beauty and strength to them. They have a direct link to the heart.”
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Further info:
Peter Coyle
Sarah Lewis

Oh one final thing...may have hinted at it earlier...but stay tuned for the next newsletter in about 2 weeks when we will be announcing details of a VERY SPECIAL GIG!


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