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.


November 26, 1999 5:31 pm

Worksop Regal arts Centre. (Nigel)

So as my journey unfurls, I encounter traffic jams on the M4, M50, M42 & M1. It’s funny because I had this theory that they were all going to Worksop to watch Martyn perform. When I beeped my horn and said ” Nigel Hopkins coming through for the Martyn Joseph tour”, People wound their windows down, gestured with their hands that they either required 1 or 2 tickets for the gig, not 3 or 4, no more than 2. Now that was odd ’cause some cars had more than 2 adults in them. mmmmmmmmm

Tonight, We are without our main man. Mike was at the wedding of Dave and Sarah Murray.We wish them both all the very best for the future

So We are in to performance territory.”The good in me is dead” and “Gift to me” sound amazing from the first set.We conclude with the rebellious “Liberal Backslider”.A fitting end to part one. “Going Home” tonight hails as the evening the audience decided that Chocolate money was the currency to be thrown stageward.Martyn tells the audience that a few years ago, the Regal arts centre was the birthplace of the chord structure to ” Dic Penderyn” which I admit sounded particularly captivating. “Please Sir” was the request of one young man

The show concluded in it’s usual pattern .Tonight I find myself searching for all the hidden messages in Martyn’s songs. All week I have found various ones and tonight the message I find is in “Going Home”…………Don’t bother worrying about the toll bridge and the fee………… Stay at home…………. The motorways are blocked with people going to see Martyn Joseph in concert.

Stay tuned for the next entry.Over to you Mac


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