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.

August 11, 2009 1:28 pm

Growing up

It’s been a busy time since I got back from Canada. It’s been good to play some festivals over here and have had storming gigs at the Trowbridge and Sidmouth and Morwellham gatherings. I’m also looking forward to playing the Edinburgh Festival next week and a few others before returning to America and Canada for two weeks. It’s also a creative time with songs flowing but I always find it hard to finish stuff off in between shows. Note to self..need more down time..note back..not going to happen.

Travelling up to Heathrow a week or so ago to terminal three it occurred to me that it was the first time in many visits to that terminal that I wouldn’t be flying out to somewhere. We were picking up our middle child Stefan, who came back from a 4-week trip with school friends in Cambodia and Thailand. They did some amazing stuff like help to build a road through an orphanage, spent nights out in the jungle, visited the killing fields museum and the bridge of the River Kwai, the temple at Angkor, rode elephants and slept near scorpions. Its all had quite an effect on him and it’s fascinating to see that. I’m not sure how I would have handled some of that culture shock at the age of 17. I remember seeing it all for the first time when I was 28 and it was life changing, though I’m still slow to remember the lessons. I’m sure it will all bode well for his future. He turned 18 on Sunday and we had quite a party!

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