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Mad Martins now available to listen to on YouTube

Posted on 11 October, 2019 at 18:30 Comments comments (240)

We are delighted to announce that Mad Martins is now available to listen to on YouTube.


  


To listen to Mad Martins on YouTube, follow the link HERE.

Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers - premiere at The City Theatre, Durham on 5th October 2019 - Photo Gallery

Posted on 10 October, 2019 at 6:20 Comments comments (238)

A huge "Thank you!" to everyone who came and supported the premiere of Mad Martins: The Story of The Martin Brothers at the City Theatre, Durham on Saturday (5th October).


We had a fantastic time performing it and the amazing positive reaction we received from those who witnessed it was incredibly heartwarming and encouraging.


We are feeling truly inspired and are looking forward to developing the show further and are now looking into plans to make a Mad Martins tour a reality. To this end, we are therefore hoping to attract funding that will enable us to get "out there" again, initially at some other select venues around the UK.


In the meantime, have a look at some of the photos from the evening in the 'Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers' Premiere Photo Gallery - HERE.



 


Mad Martins now available to stream on Spotify

Posted on 1 October, 2019 at 0:55 Comments comments (143)

We are delighted to announce that Mad Martins is now available to stream on Spotify.


         


To listen to Mad Martins on Spotify, follow the link HERE.

Mad Martins now available to buy on Amazon

Posted on 30 September, 2019 at 11:25 Comments comments (77)

We are delighted to announce that Mad Martins is now available to buy on Amazon.


          


To order Mad Martins from Amazon, follow the link HERE.

Mad Martins now available to buy on CD Baby

Posted on 30 September, 2019 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)

We are delighted to announce that Mad Martins is now available to buy on CD Baby.


          


To order Mad Martins from CD Baby, follow the link HERE.

'My Inspiration: Gary Miller' article in NARC Magazine

Posted on 28 September, 2019 at 9:55 Comments comments (0)

There is an illuminating article in this month's NARC. Magazine about Gary's inspiration for Mad Martins.





You can read the article in its entirity HERE.

Hayley McKay joins the Mad Martins stage show

Posted on 24 September, 2019 at 10:30 Comments comments (0)

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that incredible singer/songwriter Hayley McKay will be bringing her amazing vocal and performance talents (and some much needed glamour!) to what already promises to be a fantastic show of talent at the Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers show on Saturday 5th October at the Durham City Theatre. We are really excited about how the show is coming together, and Hayley's involvement is the icing on the cake!


As a taster, check out the official video for Hayley's single 'One' below:


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Buy your tickets for the show HERE.

Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers stage show - band line-up unveiled

Posted on 24 September, 2019 at 9:40 Comments comments (152)

Unveiled! The male contingent of the Mad Martins: The Story of The Martin Brothers Live Show!




From left to right : -


Jake Lucas (DEAD! plus The Whisky Priests instrument tech) - drums, percussion, guitar


Gary Miller (The Whisky Priests, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Gary Miller) - lead vocals, guitar


Darren Tansley (Blyth Power, The Wickermen, Pavlov's Cat, Jack's Family, Jilt) - keyboards, bodhran, vocals


Iain Petrie (award-winning producer at Awake! Music, Iain Petrie, The Gypsy Soul Experience, The Whisky Priests sound engineer) - lead guitar, bass, vocals


Nick Thompson (Buttermountain Boys, The Whisky Priests, The Wickermen, Torfrock, The Proud Ones, Lazy Girl, Los Yobos, Hot Not Bothered, Root 64, Paul Judge with the Wandering Aces, The Typhoons) - fiddle, mandolin, bass


This photo was taken during an intensive couple of rehearsal sessions over the weekend at Rocking Horse Rehearsal Rooms and we are very excited for everyone to see the results of the band's amazing efforts at the premiere on 5th October - see you there!

Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers preview by Conrad Jay Bladey

Posted on 20 September, 2019 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

"Thank you" to Conrad Jay Bladey at Hutman Productions, USA, for this lovely review of what Mad Martins is all about as a preview to the upcoming premiere of Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers stage show at Durham City Theatre on Saturday 5th October....


This is not you average "singer-songwriter" show. It is a journey through the minds of real folk without adulteration. Miller is the "coal vein" of the music of the North East - his is the authentic root of it all going back through his family - through recent history to coal mines, keel boats, ship building, the scourge of industry and war - there is no better connection to the Northumbrian soul nourished by the coaly Tyne. This is a great work. Miller welds together many dimensions so that you feel like you are right there living the lives of these three unique souls. After a while one asks: "where is the madness in that?" In the Martins you don't just get Miller but also the poetic treasures of Keith Armstrong the bard of the Tyne! On one foot he is the modern pitman poet on the other he is the voice of the modern working man. Together they take you on a journey through the bitter sweet universe of Durham and the North East - in the Martins his work shines as never before - you aren't just entertained - you are illuminated. Yet he brings to all the romance of humanity - the beautiful potential of the much abused region seen in the ever hopeful culture and the beauty of the natural space. I have read the book and accompanying cds - including the one of entirely traditional music. Simply splendid beyond belief - get on the way to Durham city - you will not regret it!

Helen's illustration of Isabella Martin for Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers stage show

Posted on 19 September, 2019 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

Here is an image from Mad Martins: The Story of The Martin Brothers by Helen Temperley.




Isabella Martin had some tough times in her life. Having had 13 children, of whom only 5 survived, she and her husband Fenwick (they eloped with to Gretna Green to get married, how cool) must have been an incredibly strong pair. On her death bed, the night before she died, Isabella told her niece, who was nursing her, that her family's name would 'sound from pole to pole'. She wasn't far wrong, even if William, Jonathan and John weren't always 'good lads'. In this illustration, a dying Isabella is shown with her three 'mad' sons, who are depicted as house martins.


The illustration is based on 'Three Mad Martins (Prophecy)', the opening track of Mad Martins. She was a proud mother indeed.


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