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.

April 23, 2006 12:29 pm

Happy Birthday Bob

Had the honour of playing three songs at Bob Harris’s 60th birthday party on Friday night. Thea Gilmore, Brian Houston and fellow Welsh muso’s the Storys also played. At the end of the night Robert Plant got up and played a few songs with Bernie Marsden and it was a little surreal. I never got to hear Led Zeppelin play live, but they were a huge influence on me as a teenager, and here was that ‘voice’, playing singing to a few hundred folk in a barn in Oxford!

Also went to hear the Storys play in Cardiff last night. I think they are great and I really hope it happens for them. Bob Harris is a class act. His burnished voice has kept me company on many a long drive home after a weekend show and always gave hope that if I wrote yet another dreary acoustic dirge, there was someone who would play it on national radio. Even after a few drinks the other night he still got everyone’s name right when thanking everyone who had played. I notice these things and it means a lot.

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