Martin Stephenson Solo

Kitchen Garden Cafe, 17 York Road, King's Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA

MARTIN STEPHENSON has been one of the UK's best-loved singer/songwriters for over 30 years, both as a solo performer and as intermittent leader of his band The Daintees.

He started off as a busker and he still has that instinct and joy for live performance.

The NME said of Martin's song craft that he 'builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present.'

Stephenson has released a succession of critically acclaimed self-produced albums including the 2015 classic 'HAUNTED HIGHWAY'. 2016 saw the special re-recorded release of the Daintees' celebrated 1986 debut 'BOAT TO BOLIVIA' accompanied by a 30th anniversary sold out tour throughout the UK and Ireland.

Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson's 'must see' live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

£15

Daintees Belfast

The Black Box: Cathederal Quarter Arts Festival, 18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA

Very much an Out to Lunch institution, Martin Stephenson’s live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

The hugely acclaimed 1986 debut Boat to Bolivia showcased Stephenson’s song writing, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.

Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

The NME said of Martin’s song craft that he “builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present.” Stephenson’s restless troubadour spirit has amassed an extraordinary catalogue of some 40 albums and he is a gifted, entertaining and much-loved performer.

Martin, along with John Steel(guitar), Chris Mordey(bass) and Kate Stephenson(drums) will no doubt also be featuring songs from the classic back catalogue but, as usual, predicting the set list is impossible!

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets £15