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Singer songwriter Martin Stephenson will play two North gigs in Cromarty and Nairn over the next week


By Margaret Chrystall

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Martin Stephenson returns to the Highlands for two gigs this weekend at Cromarty and Nairn.

Martin Stephenson (right) with The Daintees during their recent tour.
Martin Stephenson (right) with The Daintees during their recent tour.

Though he has lived in the Ross-shire area for a long time, Martin was born in Durham and was a well-known singer-songwriter with his backing group The Daintees back in the 80s – and recently he has been touring with them again, after they first got back together in 2000.

It has been on and off ever since and Martin is just back from some Daintees dates including a sell-out gig at the Sage Gateshead.

Now back in the North, Martin is looking forward to playing again in two venues well-known to him.

Martin Stephenson and The Daintees at the Sage Gateshead.
Martin Stephenson and The Daintees at the Sage Gateshead.

Music played its part in weathering Covid and lockdown.

“We did some online stuff which was lovely. We would light a candle and play some songs for people who were ill. We really got into that, it was lovely.

“It wasn’t really about the career or anything, it was just a lovely thing to get involved with. But there are some gigs starting to pick up now, we’ve been down to the 100 Club and we just sold The Sage Gateshead out which was lovely.

“And we had a young band with us because our bass player was ill, so his nephew played bass and our drummer’s grandson was playing who is 21 and it was just lovely.

“We had some young heads with us – and I never saw that coming. They are really great kids and are very talented!” he laughed.

At the first north gig, Cromarty Stables, they are excited to be welcoming him back and say on their website that Martin’s will be the first non-classical gig they have had at the venue in almost two years!

Martin will play at The Stables, Cromarty, on Saturday, December 4, with doors at 7.30pm. For tickets email: info@cromartyartstrust.org.uk
Martin will also be appearing at The Royal British Legion, Cawdor Street, Nairn, on Friday, December 10, from 8pm. Tickets will be on the door or from the bar. Or online:
www./wegottickets.com/event/527870

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