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Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Martin on guitar

Using acrylic ink (indigo) Steve painted directly onto ink jet film which makes for interesting brush strokes and textures. He then slid yellow tissue paper underneath this film for added effect. Martin has since used this artwork for promotional purposes online and in print.

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.

The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, 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.

Written: Monday February 19th, 3:59pm 2018