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8th December 2018 | 8pm

Martin Harley

Martin  Harley  is  a  supremely  talented  acoustic  roots  and  blues  guitarist,  singer  and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass.

As Martin explains “I wanted to make something representative of where I’m at musically at the moment with an album that reflects on the last year solo and duo touring. Daniel and I met in Knoxville through a mutual friend... he handed me his card which read... 'alright guitar player... good upright bass player’ ... an understatement on both parts!”

A mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed  Southern  Ground  studio  in  Nashville,  Live  at  Southern  Ground  features  Martin on Weissenborn... a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. 

“It's a simple, honest and direct album with no overdubs in a warm sounding room with some great microphones and two new friends playing a few songs over a cold beer or two” says  Martin.  “There’s  a  great  feeling  when  you  click  with  someone.  It  frees  you  up  to experiment with the arrangement and the dynamic of a song.

”Live at Southern Ground follows on from Martin’s five previously acclaimed albums, most recently  Mojo  Fix  in  2012.  Along  with  many  years  of  international  touring  and  countless festivals Martin has built a strong international fan-base across the globe.

Renowned  for  his  prowess  as  a  slide  guitarist,  Martin  is  almost  unique  in  the  UK  in  his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he’s absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

In  the  US,  Martin  has  headlined  Music  City  Roots  in  Nashville  and  toured  coast  to  coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.

“Awesome” – Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2

Doors: 8pm / Tickets: Seated: £18 Standing: £15

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