Martin Harley

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Martin HarleyMartin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin’s new album MOJO FIX was recorded in Texas and is released in the UK in February 2013. Mojo Fix comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe.

Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring including his band’s recent November ‘12 feature performance at the LIVE IN THE VINEYARD music festival in Napa, California.

A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.

Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin’s videos “Winter Coat” and “Love In the Afternoon”, and a live version of the new single “Mojo Fix” taken from the new album of the same name.

“Awesome” – Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2

“Their latest album is a mature and intelligent masterpiece of Americana roots music” – Maverick Magazine

“Shining talents in the British acoustic scene” – Guitar Magazine

“Quite simply a great live act” – Time Out London

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – Roots Magazine

“When you experience Martin Harley’s music for the first time you forget to look at your watch, you forget the work waiting for you, you forget to eat lunch. His music and his performances take you out of whatever room you’re in and you become part of the experience. Play it loud!” – Meg MacDonald, M:M Music

PRAISE FOR MOJO FIX

“Short bottleneck interlude in ‘Treading Water’ is delightful. Mojo Fix illustrates Harley & his musicians’ versatility. ‘Mean Old City’ draws the album to a thunderous & satisfying conclusion.” http://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk

“Stunning composition, beautifully executed… It all sounds a long way from Surrey, but Harley’s travels have clearly paid major dividends.” Rating: 8/10 – Roni Cooper http://www.pressassociation.com
“Retune your ears feature. Presenting new, interesting or alternative musicians. Listen to something different with Paul Strange”
http://acousticmagazine.com“It’s a satisfying fix of six-string mojo that deserves quality listening time”
www.guitarist.co.uk

“Harley is a class act. Massively accomplished stuff.” 8/10******** http://www.classicrockmagazine.com

“When you experience Martin Harley’s music for the first time you forget to look at your watch, you forget the work waiting for you, you forget to eat lunch. His music and his performances take you out of whatever room you’re in and you become part of the experience. Play it loud!” – Meg MacDonald, M:M Music

It’s a fabulous mixture that brings all sorts of roots music to the table, and he’s reeled in some fantastic musicians to flesh out the songs including Santana and Steve Winwood veteran Walfredo Reyes on drums, McKenzie Smith of Midlake, and violinist Charlie Bisharat.

Harley himself is a fabulous slide guitarist, and although he owes a lot to Ry Cooder, songs like ‘Working For The Man’, the title track, ‘Rum Shack’ and ‘Outlaw’ show that he’s definitely got enough mojo of his own.
the-rocker.co.uk

When you experience Martin Harley’s music for the first time you forget to look at your watch, you forget the work waiting for you, you forget to eat lunch. His music and his performances take you out of whatever room you’re in and you become part of the experience. Play it loud!
Meg MacDonald 
www.M-MMusic.com

Harley cranked out more outrageous slide guitar on this song, his technique making you forget what you know about the fretboard and standard tuning.
Brent Burns http://www.grammy.com

#1 With depth that accompanies wisdom, the grit of anxiety and influences of yesteryear’s troubadours, enter Martin Harley: an artist fitting perfectly into your broken heart.
Brent Burns http://www.grammy.com

#2 Think of Martin Harley like this: he’s the soundtrack to the seasons. Be it a cold winter night by the fireplace, or a fresh autumn walk with natural swaths of colorful leaves kicking about, his voice brings in accolades, giving even the sunshine a run for its warmth. Brent Burns http://www.grammy.com

“This is an album that flows off the fretboard, with vocal dynamics to match. This is an album that really captures the essence of the blues and serves them with an English touch that helps make the sound his.”

http://www.fatea-records.co.uk

“Retune your ears feature. Presenting new, interesting or alternative musicians.
Listen to something different with Paul Strange”

http://www.acousticmagazine.com

“It’s a satisfying fix of six-string Mojo that deserves quality listening time”

http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist

“I enjoy Mojo Fix more & more each time I listen. It feels like a square peg in a round hole and that’s great. Martin is touring soon & that has to be a good night out.” http://folking.com

“It’s different & intriguing & definite worth checking out. A nice clear production & Martin can really play & has a darn good voice. An artist to watch out for.” http://www.metal-discovery.com

“It’s a fabulous mixture that brings all sorts of roots music to the table, and he’s reeled in some fantastic musicians to flesh out the songs. Harley himself is a fabulous slide guitarist & he’s definitely got enough mojo of his own. the-rocker.co.uk

The quality of the songwriting is consistently good throughout the album and he has a powerful, resonant voice which works well against a background of electric or acoustic guitar MusicRiot.co.uk

“It can’t be long before Martin is ‘scaling the heights’ here in the UK too.” http://www.bluesinbritain.org

“Martin exudes confidence & there is much to commend in ‘Mojo Fix’. Sensitive moments like ‘Cardboard King’ & ‘Treading Water’ are handled with notable poise & emotion.” Bluesbunny.com

Fireworks Mag “It’s a most entertaining album – very good.”

Flying Shoes “Welcome to the big time, Martin Harley! When he unleashes electric slide he really shines.”

Total Music “Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs. Can’t wait for a live performance!”

Flyin Shoes “Welcome to the big time, Martin Harley! When he unleashes electric slide he really shines.”

Weston Mercury “Guitarist singer, songwriter & lap slide player Martin Harley brings his blues & folk infused sound to Bristol.

Blues News “Martin Harley made a strong impression with the excellent “Mojo Fix”, a wonderfully accomplished & varied set of lap slide guitar blues & American.”



 
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