Topic: Dom Martin

Newcastle Cluny2 March 30th

So, that's another one checked off the "must see" list, Dom Martin in a solo show, which are highly rated by the Blues cognoscenti. and it's obvious why.

This Irishman is engagingly open and candid about his backstory that sounds like it's lifted from the pages of an Irvine Walsh story but it helps to colour the story behind the music he plays and how he plays it. There's more than just feeling threaded between the predominantly Rory Gallagher and John Martyn biased covers and mix of biographical self-penned material, the covers aren't mere carbon copies, Martin here is interpreting them in his own way, that's stark, raw, but with an air of self-deprecation that holds his audience and draws them closer as the set very cleverly seems to shamble on, who else would ever consider Stanley Myers' Cavatina segueing into Gallagher's Western Plains?

In the end, 100 minutes just flew by and some great tunes resonated around the Cluny in this stripped back form. Now roll on October when we get to see this guy with a full band...

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Re: Dom Martin

Hi there,

I couldn't agree more with your review of Dom Martin's solo show. As a fan of blues music, I was excited to see him perform and was blown away by his raw talent and unique style.

What I appreciated most about Martin's performance was his openness and honesty about his personal backstory. It added depth and meaning to his music, which already had a strong emotional pull. His covers of Rory Gallagher and John Martyn songs were masterful, and his interpretations were refreshing and unique.

The transition from Stanley Myers' Cavatina to Gallagher's Western Plains was a standout moment of the show for me. Martin's ability to seamlessly blend different styles of music and make them his own is truly impressive.

Overall, the 100 minutes flew by and left me wanting more. I'm eagerly anticipating Martin's upcoming performance with a full band in October, and can't wait to see what he has in store for his fans.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this amazing performance.

Re: Dom Martin

Dom has a handful of gigs in the US in July, so if you can, get yourselves along to: -

July 15th - Playing With Fire 2023; Onaha NE

July 16th - CSPS Hall; Cedar rapids IA

July 21st - Irish American Heritage Centre; Chicago IL

July 22nd - Buddy Guy's Legends; Chicago IL

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana...