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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.

Tykes News - Interview & Photo Shoot

Posted on 28 March, 2018 at 6:35 Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, Gary & Helen had a fantastic day today at Saltaire, West Yorkshire, in the wonderful company of the lovely Nigel Schofield, a true unsung legend of the English Folk scene, recording an interview with him for 'Tykes News' magazine, talking mainly about the 'Mad Martins' project but also Gary & Helen's in-progress 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' project, the impending Whisky Priests Reunion and more.

We're looking forward to posting a selection of images from the photo shoot and more information about the interview soon. In the meantime, here is a handful of photos we took ourselves...

Review - Dai Jeffries,, March 16, 2018

Posted on 20 March, 2018 at 6:30 Comments comments (0)

More great reviews for 'Mad Martins' keeping coming in! This time, it's a huge "Thank You!" to Dai Jeffries for a wonderful piece in

"'Mad Martins' is a magnificent piece of work, transcending both the traditional ideas of folk-rock as represented by The Whisky Priests and the established view of what a singer-songwriter should be."

You can read the full review here.

Review - Andrew Darlington, R N R, UK, Volume 2, Issue 68, March/April, 2018

Posted on 18 March, 2018 at 6:15 Comments comments (0)

Andrew Darlington's review of 'Mad Martins' (which we mentioned in an earlier post) is now published in the latest issue of 'RnR' (aka 'Rock 'N' Reel') Magazine (Volume 2, Issue 68, March/April 2018, and it is a wonderful 5-star review!...

"Gaze in awe and wonder. What is this mysterious artefact? To call it a triple-CD concept album is to demean it. An archive of myth and legends of lost hard-times in ye North East? A History Channel biopic movie for the mind? The theatre of the inner and outer ear? A coffee-table art book loaded to the seams with antique print curios, spoken-word verse of sinister and nefarious explouts, and engravings of exquisite quality? It's all these... and more. A veritable triumph!" ***** (Andrew Darlington)

A reproduction of the article has been added to the Interviews section of our Media Archives. You can view the entire piece here.

In the meantime, Andrew's interview with Gary and Keith is expected to appear in the following issue.

Review of 'Fair Flowers Among Them All' - Kev Rowland, FRaMe Music, UK, March 11, 2018

Posted on 12 March, 2018 at 11:40 Comments comments (0)

Alongside his ecstatic review of 'Mad Martins' (see below), Kev Rowland has written another Mad Martins-related 10/10 review for FRaMe Music, this time for the companion piece CD Fair Flowers Among Them All (The 'Mad Martins' Instrumentals)...

"For any lovers of traditional folk music, fans of The Whisky Priests, this is simply essential."

You can read the full review here.

Review - Kev Rowland, FRaMe Music, UK, March 11, 2018

Posted on 12 March, 2018 at 11:30 Comments comments (0)

Yet another glowing review - this one may be the best yet!

Kev Rowland, in his piece for FRaMe Music, sums 'Mad Martins' up thus : -

"To say that this is a masterpiece is still an understatement."

Rating: 10/10

High praise indeed! Thanks Kev!

You can read the entire review here.

Upcoming "Plattenprojekte" article in 'Folker' Magazine, Germany

Posted on 8 March, 2018 at 23:25 Comments comments (0)

Mike Kamp of 'Folker' Magazine, Germany, has informed us that he will be awarding 'Mad Martins' a special feature in an upcoming edition of 'Folker'. Mike told us...

"Took a while to get round it, but now that I had a closer look and started listening as well it is clear to me that a simple review can't do the mighty project any justice. So I've arranged for the Martins to be under our heading "Plattenprojekte", which gives a proper page to special productions. I plan to include that in our May/June-issue."

We look forward to bringing you further news of this exciting development soon.

Gary Interviewed for 'R N R' (aka 'Rock 'N' Reel') Magazine

Posted on 2 March, 2018 at 2:50 Comments comments (0)

Tonight, Gary was interviewed by Andrew Darlington for an article about 'Mad Martins' to be featured, alongside a review, in the upcoming March 2018 issue of 'RnR' (aka 'Rock 'N' Reel') Magazine, UK. Keith was also interviewed.

We look forward to bringing you further news on this soon.

Review - Joe Grint, FATEA Magazine, UK, January, 2018

Posted on 28 January, 2018 at 5:55 Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Joe Grint for a lovely review of 'Mad Martins' for FATEA Magazine...

"This is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the cultural and scientific history of the North East of England as well as being a significant addition to the folk canon. Everyone involved should be proud of what they have achieved..."

You can read the review in full here.

Review - Alan Harrison, The Rocking Magpie, UK, January 27, 2018

Posted on 27 January, 2018 at 11:55 Comments comments (0)

Another great and in-depth review of 'Mad Martins', this time by Alan Harrison in 'The Rocking Magpie', we particularly love his description of it as a 'Northumbrian Les Miserables'!

Here are a few select quotes from it: -

"Part entertainment and part history lesson, the word ‘epic’ only comes close to describing the way the story is told in song, word and verse with some stunning artistry in the background from an array of musicians."

"This is a ‘musical story’ and is meant to be heard in one long session; and by jove it works."

"he whole story and the way Gary Miller (and friends) presents it has a feel of a Northumbrian 'Les Miserables' about it. I’m nearly lost for words now; I knew nothing of this story and feel obliged to read more deeply into it but more importantly this magnificently packaged Triple Disc box-set deserves a much wider audience than Gary Miller and Keith Armstrong’s loyal fan base; the story and the way they tell it deserves a much bigger and indeed national stage; all it needs is a generous benefactor."

Read the entire review here.