Almost three years to the day since his last appearance in Belfast, Martin Stephenson returned to the Black Box and enchanted a packed crowd with two hours of banter, craic, stories and great, great music. Those who say there are no characters left in music, obviously haven’t been to a Daintees show. - Folkandtumble.com 11.1.2020
Martin Stephenson live at The Heeley Institute, Sheffield, 23/05/2016 - Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky
"The Durham-born singer-songwriter and infectious raconteur started his two-hour set with Left Us To Burn, his mid-1980s anti-Thatcher song; although eager to declare that the song has subsequently progressed into an anti-Meryl Streep song. Complete with a tongue-in-cheek homage to Hendrix with a slice of Foxy Lady midway through, the singer soon had the audience in his hands..."
"It was just the man and some of his guitars but what a brilliant show he gave..."
Online, via StageIt - Martin Stephenson (Live Internet Gig) - 21/07/2013 - Ramblings Of A Music Man
"He loves the crowd, the crowd love him and what you end up with is two and a half hours of laughs, yarns, ad-libs and song after lovely song"
Sheffield, The Lantern - Martin Stephenson with Jim Hornsby - 08/07/2013 - The Star
"What better way to spend a Monday evening than sitting in the kitchen with a box of ripe strawberries and watching Martin's Stageit show?"
Online, via StageIt - Martin Stephenson (Live Internet Gig) - 17/06/2013 - McCookerybook Blogspot
"All of his songs from the last 30 years are ‘from the heart’ and quite often deep and meaningful; but never po-faced."
Newcastle - The Cluny - Martin Stephenson & the Daintees + MIR + Helen McCookerybook - 28/12/2012 - No Depression
"... nearly every song was greeted with thundering applause and cheers from all around me"
Stirling, The Tolbooth - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 23/08/2012 - Tolbooth Online
"In my opinion, Martin is genuinely one of the UK’s finest ever songwriters. And a mighty nice chap."
Darwen, Library Theatre - Martin Stephenson (plus Eliza P) - 12/07/2012 - Louder Than War
"There is the wisdom and experience in his work that you would expect from a 50-year-old whose lived a bit ..."
Darwen, Library Theatre - Martin Stephenson (plus Eliza P) - 12/07/2012 - Blue Eyed Boy
"At a time when true characters in music appear all too thin on the ground, thank goodness for Martin Stephenson."
Darwen, Library Theatre - Martin Stephenson (plus Eliza P) - 12/07/2012 - Lancashire Telegraph
"The whole show had a very intimate and friendly feel despite St George’s being a sizeable venue"
Bristol, St George's - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 16/04/2012 - Guide 2 Bristol
"Clearly, Martin Stephenson would play all night if allowed to; the stage is his natural habitat. They should slap a preservation order on him" 10/10
Liverpool, O2 Academy - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 10/04/2012 - Liverpool Confidential
"Drawn to the light, rather than the dark, what a generous, gregarious Geordie soul he is."
Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 08/04/2012 - The Press
"He seems totally at home on stage – apart from the times he made his way into the crowd, even offering one surprised punter a kiss on the head"
Sheffield, The Greystones - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 24/11/2011 - The Star
"Its only when you see a band like the Daintees live do you realise how many great songs they have"
Newcastle, The Cluny - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 22/12/2010 - The Northern Line
"You can always rely on Martin Stephenson & The Daintees to raise the temperature, get your pulse racing and banish any winter blues ..."
Glasgow, Woodend Club - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 17/12/2009 - The Vinyl Villain
"From the start to finish of the gig we were treated to the, not-to-be- forgotten, full scale Martin Stephenson Experience."
Glasgow, The Accies Club - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 19/12/2008 - Glasgow West End
"Members of the audience were invited to come on-stage and provide backing vocals, and again this helped make the night all the more special"
Glasgow, Woodend Club - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 18/12/2008 - The Vinyl Villain
"Stephenson’s roots are in the punk echoed by the Avetts"
North Carolina House Concert - Martin Stephenson / The Avett Brothers - 25/07/2003 - No Depression
"... beneath the surface clowning, they offer something more substantial"
London, Mean Fiddler - Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - 12/05/1985 - NME