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New Album Release from Martyn Joseph plus UK Tour

Dec 15, 2023

‘This Is What I Want To Say’..is the product of a 40 year musical journey. Highs and lows, anger and joy, belief and doubt reflected in raw and honest observations of Martyn Joseph‘s sojourn and the state of play today. A stripped back acoustic render reflects his weapon of choice that has provided hope and solace and a commentary of companionship to a worldwide army of ardent fans for decades through his passionate commitment to social justice, mystery, and love.

After a forty year journey of writing, recording and performing songs, what does the songwriter of hundreds of songs want to say? ‘My last album, 1960, was about looking back and taking stock, the kind of reflection many or us found ourselves in during lockdown.  It was all the more acute for performers like me, people used to being on the road, used to moving on… suddenly we couldn’t move on’.

In the two years since that last record, which reflected more than is usual on the story of his personal life, things have now been thrown into sharper focus. The lens has even more clarity now that Joseph has lost his father, become a grandfather and father, again.  These events concentrated Joseph’s thoughts, distilling them into seven words that don’t even make it into a lyric on one of the eleven new songs – but may be the key to unlocking all of them: ‘This Is What I Want To Say.’

Here’s the video to accompany the first track from the album ‘Folding’  in which he pictures life high on the breeze… just as the mood of the sky changes.

Perhaps what Joseph wants to say is what most of us, deep down, want to say, and what his audience have come to expect in his passionate live shows: that rather than turn away from the harsh realities of being alive, it is when we embrace the contradictions , but also the grace in each ordinary moment that we are endowed with a certain resilience. That the mystery of love may be disguised even in our bleakest moments.

‘When I hit the stage all of those emotions are present,’ he reflects, ‘But I try to make sure we always end up together in that same space, a place of hope and community. There’s a promise in that, even when all the signposts point to chaos’

His Winter Tour has taken a break for the festivities, but he is back on the road again in the New Year with fifteen more dates to chose from.

‘Not afraid to take a stand, Joseph eschews sentimentality’ The Times

Tour Dates as follows:

11 Jan 24 BIRMINGHAM Midland Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Tel: 0121 446 3232 | Website: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/martyn-joseph

12 Jan 24 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High St, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG
Tel: 01273 464440 |  Website: https://ropetacklecentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873649024

13 Jan 24 ISLE OF WIGHT Wootton Bridge Community Centre, Brannon Way, Wootton Bridge, Ryde, IoW, PO33 4NW
Website:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/583347

14 Jan 24 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Southampton, UK, SO17 3SD
Website: https://www.the-brook.com/event-details/13495868/martyn-joseph/

18 Jan 24 EXETER Phoenix, Candy St, exeter, EX4 6LS
Tel: 01392 667080 |  Website: https://exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martyn-joseph/

19 Jan 24 BRISTOL Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR
Tel: 0117 203 4040 | Website:  https://bristolbeacon.org/whats-on/martyn-joseph/

20 Jan 24 CARDIFF  Acapela  Studio, Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9QD – EXTRA DATE ADDED!
Tel: 02920 890862 | Website: https://acapela.co.uk/events/martyn-joseph-winter-tour-2nd-night/

21 Jan 24 CARDIFF  Acapela  Studio, Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9QD – SOLD OUT!
Tel: 02920 890862 | Website: https://acapela.co.uk/events/martyn-joseph-winter-tour/

25 Jan 24 WORCESTER Huntingdon Hall, CrownGate, Worcester WR1 3LD
Tel: 01905 611427 | Website: https://worcestertheatres.co.uk/huntingdon-hall/whats-on/martyn-joseph

26 Jan 24 SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY18FT
Tel: 01743 280 281 | Website:  https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/martyn-joseph/

27 Jan 24 MILTON KEYNES The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
Tel: 01908 280800 | Website:  https://stables.org/event/martyn-joseph

28 Jan 24 CANTERBURY Folk In The Barn, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge,  The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH
Website: https://folk-in-the-barn.webflow.io/gigs/martyn-joseph

01 Feb 24 LONDON Bush Hall 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ
Website:  Dice – https://link.dice.fm/a123a77cb79a  Or See Tickets – https://www.seetickets.com/event/martyn-joseph/bush-hall/2763183

02 Feb 24  LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall Music Room, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP
Tel: 0151 709 3789 | Website: https://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/contemporary-music/martyn-joseph/8848

03 Feb 24 NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE The Saltworks Sessions, Lion Salt Works, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire
Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/591224 |Venue info https://www.facebook.com/lswsessions/?locale=en_GB

For more information, tour dates and the latest news, please click on the links below.
www.martynjoseph.net www.facebook.com/martynjosephwales www.twitter.com/martyn_joseph www.letyourself.net

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