Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be - but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his "songs of lyrical intelligence" according to BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.

May 9, 2011 7:06 pm

Adios Seve

Seve has gone to give God a short game lesson. It will include how to get out of the toughest spots and how never to give up. It may include a few hints on how to have flair, passion and a look in your eye that will inspire thousands of young people to want to copy and follow on.

I’m sure he will look into the face of the great starter in the sky and say “Gracias”. He was the great front man, the charismatic lead singer, the  Elvis that European golf needed all those years ago. He just shone brighter than the others and I can still remember watching him when he came second in the Open at Royal Birkdale at the age of nineteen and thinking this is a special moment. At the time I was fifteen and I wanted nothing else than to play the game I had come to love for a living. Thats what I told me careers teacher Mr Carter, who graciously didn’t laugh but sent off for a leaflet on how to become a pro golfer. Jack Nicklaus was the player I aspired to the most, but Seve came along and somehow made it all feel possible, and for a while I followed that dream. However it was not to be my path and music called instead, but we all need heros who allow us to feel these things and give us the reasonable belief that we should try. Seve Ballesteros was the visionary for me. Always able to find the angle, see the shot know one else could see, or at least wouldn’t try to hit, but he would and more often than not, carry it off. And he always seemed to have time for the public around him and drew them into his achievements as if he were somehow playing for them.Though he has been missing for a while it’s such a tragedy we have lost him this early.

‘The passion of the matador as a boy with his three iron by the sea’. I choked up as I sang that line for him on Saturday night and I know I will do again in the future when they replay and show again what he was able to gift those who understand and play this ancient game. Adios and thank you.

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  • Steve Pledger says:

    A fitting and beautiful tribute, Martyn.

    My Dad – a keen golfer – took me along to a pro-celebrity match, many moons ago. My two memories of Seve from that day are of his willingness to sign his name for me in spite of the ‘officials’ that surrounded him telling him he couldn’t!(?) He got as far as wielding my pen before they virtually took it off him. I didn’t understand what was going on there but I recall his warmth and the time he was willing to give to me – a 10 year old kid – and all who swarmed around him.

    I also saw him miss-hit a ball off into the crowd. (Yes, even he!) Seve ran straight over to see who, if anyone, had been on the receiving end of it and finding it had glanced the head of a lady, made such a fuss of her and hugged her silly! :o) She seemed to be both unhurt and very happy!

    Maybe Dad was disappointed that I didn’t ‘catch the bug’ that day but I did come away with a lasting memory of a very gracious, warm and unassuming human-being. Dad told me he was also one of the greatest golfers of all time.

  • Dave & Karen says:

    Indeed a fitting tribute, however the rendition of On this Celtic Morning last Saturday was a most heartfelt moment and one that I am sure Seve would have been most grateful for.

  • Now is the month of Maying…

    or actually mourning for those we have lost in this month over the years particularly on the 12th (tomorrow)
    namely: John Smith a politician who knew his God and served him.
    Jim Punton the most inspiring person I have ever met
    and lastly my dear Mum, Joy Hudson.

    Excuse me if I use all the kleenexes tomorrow but its a hard day but its also Phil Beer’s birthday so we can have some happiness and rejoice in those who we have lost and the impact like Seve have had on our lives.