Eddie Martin Trio
Martin - guitars, harmonica, voice, Tim Price – drums, Bill Banwell –
Born in London in the 60's
British Blues Boom, Eddie Martin turned professional after being
nominated for Best British Blues Guitarist, Band and Album between 1996
and 1998. Since then he has played or recorded with many greats from
both sides of the Atlantic, including John Mayall, Peter Green, Buddy
Guy and Taj Mahal.
He has recorded numerous
live sessions for national radio programmes (BBC Radio 2 in the UK).
His songs have found their way to the finals of the International
Songwriting Competition and to the song stable of Alligator Records.
And his live performances,
whether as his unique one-man-band or fronting his trio or big band,
have always attracted accolades. "a live act not to be missed" said
Blues Revue USA. He continues to tour in all three guises. The trio
features top drawer rhythm section Bill Banwell on Bass and Tim Price
(ex-Gary Moore) on drums.
His songwriting seamlessly
updates blues tradition to the modern world and his solo and band
performances fill even hardened blues audiences with new enthusiasm for
the expressiveness and power of this genre.
His acoustic style has
developed into a percussive blend of traditional blues slide and
fingerpicking blues styles with flamenco rasguerdo techniques. These he
combines with rack harmonica playing and foot percussion in the style of
the one-man-blues bands such as Duster Bennett, Joe Hill Louis and Dr
On the electric, his
forbears are Freddy King, Albert King and Buddy Guy, as, for example,
"the Times" has noted. His guitar-playing alone has seen his cd work
commended by the Guitar Press around Europe, receiving "excellent" tags
from "Guitar" in the UK and "Guitar and Bass" in Germany.
Most strikingly innovative
is the simultaneous rack harmonica and guitar style that he has
developed and which caused the International Harmonica Federation to
single him out as one of the innovators on the instrument at this year's
World Harmonica Festival in Germany.
A master acoustic and
electric guitarist, harmonica player, songwriter and powerful singer,
Eddie Martin has been described as "the most remarkable blues man of his
generation" by Blues in Britain.