Singer Martyn Joseph heading for the Broch

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TOP singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph will be performing at Fraserburgh West Church on Sunday, December 2.

The concert is part of a tour called ‘Songs for the Coming Home’ when he will be playing just two Scottish dates during the tour - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Fraserburgh West Parish Church.

Tickets for the 7.30pm show are available from Carol Anne Parker on 01345 513303 or by visiting www.imageacoustic.com.

Martyn’s ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence.

In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s more than one musician on stage.

The shows are intelligently constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul.

His great improvisation and immediate topicality lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences, his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evenings success.

Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise.

Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark.

But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

On this tour Martyn will be supported by Luke Jackson, a young roots singer songwriter from Canterbury, who performs with passion and writes with a maturity that belies his years.

While many of his contemporaries are chasing their five minutes of fame in the disposable world of TV talent shows, Luke is ploughing an independent furrow, writing songs of depth and emotional value that connect with audiences the length and breadth of the country.

He is one of the finest emerging talents in the roots and acoustic scene today and is developing into a consummate live performer who once seen, will certainly not be forgotten.

His debut album, “More Than Boys”, produced by Martyn, was released in August.