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.

September 2, 2009 1:27 pm

Sitting in the lounge at Heathrow

Sitting in lounge at Heathrow waiting for flight to Toronto for what will be my third time to Canada this year. I will be playing the Shelter Valley festival there and some solo shows and then travel down to the USA for the New Haven folk fest, a solo gig and giving a talk at Yale University!

More festivals have been played here in the UK and some solo shows. I have acquired more mud on cars and boots and the hems of jeans. I particularly enjoyed playing up at the Edinburgh Festival and being part of that. Was pleased to be home when U2 played Cardiff and thought it was the best I have seen them and that’s saying something. It really was something to behold. I have been friends with Willie Williams, their lighting and stage designer, since we spent a crazy day together in New York in 92. I saw them back then at the Meadowlands Arena, which is a great memory and a number of times since, but the set and design of the show in Cardiff really was stunning. How Willie is ever going to come up with something to top this latest incarnation I simply cannot imagine.

Played Greenbelt this last weekend in various guises. I host a show there called The Rising that features songwriters and their craft and there were some great moments. Stewart Henderson and I did a gig and, as ever, it was a unique and ever evolving performance. I’m still smiling just thinking about it. Ask him sometime about his answer to a little girls question as to how old God was..priceless.  Got to go as my flight is being called so off I go with various and vital reading material for the seven-hour flight, which includes Golf monthly.

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