Martin Stephenson has been one of the UK’s most perceptive songwriters and best loved musicians for over 30 years.
Born in Durham and brought up in nearby mining village Washington Tyne & Wear, he has a self-deprecating humour and humility that belie his considerable talents.
Stephenson formed The Daintees in his teens with the deliberate intention of showcasing a broad range of musical styles.
Debut single Roll on Summertime was issued by Newcastle’s Kitchenware Records in 1982, becoming single of the week in Sounds having impressed editor Dave McCulloch. This followed with a centre page spread.
Never pandering to a particular scene, his dexterity and ease with a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, punk-pop, country blues and more.
He has honed his skills over the years but his lightness of touch and engaging spontaneity remain.
For him music is a vocation, not a career and his restless troubadour spirit has amassed an extraordinary catalogue of over 40 albums.