He has pushed and explored the blues tirelessly over his long professional career. His songs have graced TV and film soundtracks, and his live performances continue to be awe-inspiring. He is frequently broadcast on international radio, has performed many times on TV and recorded 3 sessions for BBC Radio 2, including at the famous Maida Vale Studios.
2019 sees the release of “THIRST”. This is an album which shines with a confident maturity. Bringing together his many sides over 11 original songs it ranges across blues-rock, funk, country blues hops to deep, layered slow-burners and always, of course, with lashings of harp and guitar thrills.
Born in London, Eddie was writing and performing songs in his early teens with Classic Rock and Singer songwriters like Bob Dylan as key influences until he first heard Freddie King and Robert Johnson. Realising its role as the foundation stone of Western popular music, he immersed himself in studying the Afro-American music heritage from then on. He has kept up a world-wide touring schedule since. For two years he played the US “chitlin circuit” from a base in Texas, and has had one-man band residencies on Beale St in Memphis and in the Jook Joints of Clarksdale, Mississippi.
His Electric and Slide guitar-playing has seen his recordings commended by the Guitar Press all over, receiving “excellent” tags from Guitar, Guitarist in the UK, Vintage Guitar USA, and Guitar and Bass in Germany. But he is also widely regarded as a top harmonica player. Listed as one of the world’s excellent contemporary players on the Modern Blues Harmonica website, he was lauded as an Innovator for his rack-harmonica skills by the World Harmonica Festival in Germany where he performed solo, held a Masterclass and co-judged the World Blues Harmonica Competition.
He has been commended for the “originality..and intelligence in his music” by the Penguin Book Of Blues Recordings.
Even if many are still to find out, there can be no doubt that Martin’s quarter century career of recording and performing merits a reputation as one of the most innovative and creative artists coming out of the Blues tradition alive today.
“Easily the best blues guitarist this country has produced since Clapton” What’s On In London