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Mad Martins back on track with new artwork

Posted on 28 November, 2018 at 11:30 Comments comments (0)

Following a long hiatus due to other commitments, the Mad Martins project is now back on track! Let's kick things off with a sneak preview of some of the upcoming new promotional artwork, and a rousing song to accompany this portrait of Jonathan Martin in his fearsome rage, prior to setting fire to York Minster...

The song, 'Blood, Fire and Smoke (Ballad of the Incendiary)', with words by Keith Armstrong and music by Gary Miller, is performed by the pair, and the track was produced by Iain Petrie. Artwork by Helen Temperley.

Tykes News Interview in Summer 2018 Issue

Posted on 25 July, 2018 at 13:40 Comments comments (0)

The latest (Summer 2018) issue of Tykes News featuring an in-depth 5-page interview + photos with 'Mad Martins' Gary Miller (including occasional contributions from 'Mad Martins' artist, illustrator and visual designer Helen Temperley) focussing primarily on the 'Mad Martins' project, is now available here.

From the tagline on the Tykes News Page : -

Page 31 contains untold riches from Durham. Gary is probably best known as the leader of that folk–punk phenomenon of the nineties, The Whisky Priests. Tykes met up with him and his partner Helen Temperley on a grey March afternoon in Saltaire. “Now seems the right time to get everything out there. I can’t get it all out quick enough. I had lost direction and I certainly wasn’t following my own creativity.”

A reproduction of the article is now available in the Interviews section of our Media Archives. You can read the entire piece here.

Listen to Gary Miller on BBC Tees talking in-depth about 'Mad Martins'

Posted on 24 July, 2018 at 5:30 Comments comments (0)

On Thursday 19th July, from 2pm-3pm, 'Mad Martins' musical director, singer, songwriter and performer Gary Miller appeared on Bob Fischer's Show on BBC Tees, talking in-depth about 'Mad Martins'. You can listen to the full show here.

Gary Miller on BBC Radio Tees

Posted on 19 July, 2018 at 3:25 Comments comments (0)

'Mad Martins' musical director, songwriter, singer and performer Gary Miller will be appearing on the Bob Fischer Show on BBC Tees this afternoon for an interview and acoustic session. He will be talking in-depth about 'Mad Martins' as well as some of his other projects and playing one or two songs. Please tune in and have a listen if you get the chance. Gary should be on around 2pm-3pm.

Copy of Mad Martins presented to Billy Bragg at Durham Miners' Gala

Posted on 15 July, 2018 at 7:50 Comments comments (0)

'Mad Martins' Musicians Gary Miller & Mick Tyas, together with their Whisky Priests colleague Michael Stephenson, had the pleasure of presenting a copy of the Mad Martins Triple CD & Book to Billy Bragg at Durham Miners' Gala on Saturday 14th July 2018. (The Whisky Priests had last met Billy when they played at a previous Miners' Gala together in 2004 - one of the last gigs, in fact, that the band ever played).

Review - Shite 'n' Onions, USA, June, 2018

Posted on 4 June, 2018 at 3:35 Comments comments (0)

Yet another positive review for the 'Mad Martins' Triple CD and Book. This one is in the popular US magazine 'Shite 'n' Onions'.

Reviewer Mustard Finnegan describes 'Mad Martins as "a highly ambitious piece of art that has been pulled off to perfection".

You can read the review in full here.

Review - Gonzo Weekly, UK, issue #287, May 2018

Posted on 21 May, 2018 at 3:45 Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to Kev Rowland for another amazing review of 'Mad Martins' as well as 'Fair Flowers Among Them All (The 'Mad Martins' Instrumentals)' [plus Gary's single 'The Durham Light Infantry' with Ferryhill Town Band in the latest (#287) issue of 'Gonzo Weekly' Magazine.

To view the reviews, follow the link to issue #287 here and then scroll through to pages 69-72).

It's basically the same review by Kev that appeared in FRaME Music back in March but it's great to see such a wonderful (10/10) piece on the project getting further coverage.

Interview with Gary & Keith in 'RnR' Magazine

Posted on 13 May, 2018 at 6:45 Comments comments (0)

The latest issue of 'RnR' (aka 'Rock 'N' Reel') Magazine (Volume 2, Issue 69, May/June 2018) is now available. It contains an excellent and insightful 2-page article on Mad Martins by Andrew Darlington featuring interviews with both Gary and Keith.

RnR is widely available throughout the UK and Ireland.

You can buy it on line (or take out a year's subscription) by following this link here.

New advert artwork

Posted on 20 April, 2018 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Review - The Crack, UK, March, 2018

Posted on 30 March, 2018 at 6:30 Comments comments (0)

Another nice little review/mention for 'Mad Martins', this time in 'The Crack' magazine, though there is no evidence that the anonymous reviewer has actually listened to it!

He/she declares "I love a lavish curio and this is one such item."

And goes on to describe at as "A beautifully realised package."

You can read the full piece here.