Beehive Productions & Rock Bandom Radio Presents Christina Martin
At The John Peel Center Stowmarket May 2nd 2015
Experimentation is the lifeblood of any artist. But occasionally they experience moments when everything comes into focus, and suddenly they have opened a door to a limitless creative future.
Christina Martin has reached that point on her fifth album, ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ a 10-song collection that finds the Halifax-based singer-songwriter attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with pop-rock’s modern architects.
The album’s brilliance is its seamless blend of the past and present. The bridge between them is Martin’s voice, an instrument both haunting and immediate, traits that could also best describe ‘It’ll Be Alright’’s lyrical content. To say the album is Martin’s most accomplished effort to date is stating the obvious; what is remarkable is how her maturity has translated into her most accessible album to date as well.
“With this album and the development of the live show, I am able to say a lot more with my music than I ever have before,” Martin says. “There is growth because we are all reaching for something bigger for ourselves and the audience.”
Working closely with her husband Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke, The Guthries), Martin made a conscious effort not to be bound by the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past as an alt-country artist. Although she will never shed those influences, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.
“My father and MTV turned me on to many types of music growing up, but I am probably more driven towards pop and classic rock,” she says. “Going into this record, we were clear that we wanted a bigger, anthemic sound overall. Each song needed to say something that would resonate with a larger audience.”
Born in Florida and raised in Canada’s Maritimes, Martin’s musical journey since her first release in 2002 has led to extended stays in Austin, Texas, as well as Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned multiple East Coast, and Music Nova Scotia Award nominations, had songs placed in television programs, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa.
It’s all set the stage for ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ and an ambitious live show that will take Martin and her band around the world throughout 2015. “I’ve wanted to develop the live production for a long time” she says, “with an aim to create special events that build a strong connection between the audience and the music. We also want to represent this album live as accurately as possible, and that means having an incredible band and team involved. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone in doing all of this, but that’s the exhilarating part of it.”
A powerful album, a killer band, and an unforgettable live experience – for Christina Martin, things are shaping up to be a lot more than alright.
2008 Music Nova Scotia Female Artist Recording of the Year (Two Hearts)
2008 Music Nova Scotia Pop Recording of the Year (Two Hearts)
2009 East Coast Music Award Pop Recording of the Year (Two Hearts)
2012 Music Nova Scotia Female Artist Recording of the Year (Sleeping With A Stranger)
2014 Music Nova Scotia Inspirational Recording of the Year (Remember Me – EP)
Salford based singer songwriter Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes] releases an album of out takes & remixes entitled ‘The Root Mull Affect; the fifteen track collection cherry picks across a decade and a half of recordings. Its the perfect way to make his acquaintance and will be his 10th album release and the first to include remixes and re recordings of older songs.
Vinny has worked with Bill Drummond [SOUP ART] Tom Robinson [Video Art] and Luke Haines [Outsider Art] and his various bands have included former members of The Smiths, Oasis, Aztec Camera and The Fall. He’s played all kinds of stages in poetry and song and is a former MC on the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage. He’s a respected writer of dour yet playful lyrical songs that run deeper than first impressions might suggest.
‘Confessions of a Sperm Donor’ is a tragi-comic masterpiece with its money for old rope chorus of un-be known possibilities. ‘A Vision’ recounts an hallucinogenic day in the life when John Cooper Clarke joined The Beatles. There’s a live studio acoustic recording of ‘Sometimes I Feel Like King’, and a live band version of ‘Everlasting Teenage Bedroom’ [with Smiths rhythm section Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce] and a new mix of the old favourite ‘Jesus Stole My Girlfriend’. Comparisons to Ray Davies, Neil Hannon and Jarvis Cocker are regularly cited in dispatches. ‘The Root Mull Affect’ is an engaging intriguing and accessible collection from one England’s finest outsider independents. If you enjoy rich melodic art-pop songs that are just a bit different with great lyrics that tell stories and pain.
Wry wit, incisive observations, touching humanity, and a 60s suburban English cultural sensibility (his label’s named from kitchen sink escapism drama Billy Liar), summoning comparisons to not only Ray Davies, but Babybird, Jarvis Cocker, and Morrissey’
‘If Tony Hancock had made pop records they’d have sounded like this’
– UNCUT MAGAZINE – Simon Goddard
‘A songwriter who deserves to be taken seriously’
Q Magazine – Jon Aizlewood
‘When you listen to a Vinny Peculiar album you cannot help but think that you have come across his diary and as you sit and read it you feel both uncomfortable and wonderful all at once. His music is littered with the complex and yet everyday emotions that the masses go through and it is reassuring to know that we are not alone in our ponderings and self-analytical behaviour.’
– SOUNDS XP
‘Songwriting’s Angel of the Odd, Vinny Peculiar is like a celestial observer of the small, unseen dramas of daily life, delicate and delightful’.
– MEN Reviews
‘Like Vic Chestnutt tooled up for an armed robbery’.
– Irish Times
‘Curiously elegant confessionals from one of the UK’s most criminally under-rated talents; make room in your heart for this peculiar, but highly likeable man’.
‘Nostalgia’s not what it used to be…
Imagine a surreal episode of My Two Dads where said fathers are Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie, who bully their child into liking them and everything they like, like glam stomp, kitchen sink vignettes, mordantly witty lyrics, nostalgia, dreams and a sneer, and you‘re ready for Vinny Peculiar, Manchester’s premier forward thinking backward looking song smith.’
‘“Confessions of a Sperm Donor” begins with the wonderful couplet “I used to be a feminist, I used to be a freak. Sold my sperm for bus fare I got £15 a week” – and indeed lyrically the album is devastatingly funny and moving almost right the way through’
– Big Issue