Carrie Martin

Date: Friday 12th April 2024

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Carrie Martin

Martin is equally skilled on guitar, on vocals and as writer. The voice is distinctive- the crystalline purity and range of a Kate Bush, the depth and delicacy of a Sandy Denny. And the songs to which she applies them stand up with any of her peers. The chord sequence of the title track evokes Joni Mitchell’s Hejira album. Trevor Raggatt, RnR Magazine

Carrie is a true born and bred Yorkshire lass, born in Hull. She first picked up a guitar at the age of four and made her first public performance at the tender age of nine, playing at a school concert. She later played clubs alongside her father, who worked the circuit as a guitarist and vocalist. In her teens she made a name for herself locally, with her songs played on local radio and performing live. After marrying she had twin boys and abandoned the guitar to the loft, where it gathered dust for two decades.

In 2011 came the real turning point when she attended a Gordon Giltrap concert only to be invited to step in as support act when the opening act backed out. Encouraged enormously by Gordon, she played and sang a short set of cover versions, and even accompanied him at one point. From this, and with Gordon’s support, she began to rebuild her musical career.
Her first release, a seven-track EP entitled Luna gathered favourable attention. When she sent a copy to Gordon, he responded with amazement at the quality of her songwriting, saying that he had no idea she was such a strong writer as well as performer. It was at this point that he really stepped in to become her chief mentor and an extremely close friend, and she puts a great deal of the success she has had down to his friendship and unflagging support.
In 2014, she released her first full album proper, entitled What If, on which she was joined as guest musicians by not only Gordon but also Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick) and Ric Sanders from Fairport Convention. Selective Sky followed in 2018. This time the sound was much richer, with a full band treatment on several of its tracks.

Entity followed Seductive Sky in 2020 and gained great reviews.

Evergreen followed three years later. Carrie’s most eclectic and varied collection yet, featuring tracks ranging from the delicate folk of Lost In The Right Time, through the soul-blues of Deep Blue Heaven and the poppier Girl With A Feather, all the way to the prog-rock influences displayed on the ambitious eight-minute Keep In The Light
Phenomenal Rick Wakeman CBE
It’s pretty obvious from the moment you hear Carrie Martin sing that she is an outstanding vocalist with passion in each breath. Don’t be too sidetracked by that voice and stage persona and well-crafted songs, because you might just miss the fact that she is a fine guitar player as well! Gordon Giltrap

Support from Saltburn Folk Club’s own Bliss & Brown – Modern Americana delivered with style and wicked dry humour from a fine guitar and harmonica duo.

Dates

Friday, 12th April 2024 - 6:00 pm

Ticket Types:

Standard - 12.1 GBP

Location

Saltburn by the Sea Golf Club, Guisborough Road Hob Hill

Area

Redcar and Cleveland

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