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Presented by Folk In The Barn, in association with Gulbenkian

Martyn Joseph is a unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up.

For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

April 2019 saw him win a “Wales Folk Award” for “Here Come The Young”, the title track of his most recent album, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”

In 2018 he was honoured with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”

He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

Dinner ReservationsChristmas Parties
Join us for dinner in our cafe with a special festive twist on our evening menu.
Two Courses £12.95 / Three-courses £15.95.
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To book call 01227 769075 or email boxoffice@kent.ac.uk

This event is part of

Folk in the Barn Series

Sun 8 September - Wed 18 December 2019
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The Gulbenkian reviews

“Stunning, heartfelt music”

Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. ”

MOJO
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“A superb album, open yet textured; complex yet immediately listenable: insightful and often hard hitting”

R2

“heartfelt and ultimately optimistic songs”

Songlines

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”

Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”

Q Magazine

“A profound experience”

The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”

Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”

Financial Times
Martyn Joseph

Sun 1 December 2019

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