APRIL 3, 2010
A feathery baritone - sophisticated and spiritual
Born in London and raised in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter/poet Terence Martin moved East in 1997 to become part of the flourishing NY acoustic music scene. His musical background includes performing as a double bassist in the Burbank Symphony and in several touring rock bands. Also a published poet, his poetry is included in the anthology, Four Valley Poets.
Terence has shared the stage with an impressive line-up of national acts, including Rosanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, Christine Lavin, Dar Williams, and Richie Havens. He’s performed on the Most Wanted Stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, been a New Folk winner at the NJ Folk Festival, a finalist in the 2006 Mountain Stage New Song Contest, received honorable mention in the Mid Atlantic Song Contest for East of the River and performed at the 2006 Boston Folk Festival.
"Terence Martin claims Richard Thompson, Greg Brown, and Bruce Cockburn as some of his songwriting heroes - with good reason. Maybe he should add Ernest Hemingway, too. He shares with them a clarity of expression, a sense of place, and a gift for the telling phrase. His new CD Even Trade is another display of his mastery." - John Platt, WFUV
At our show, Terence was accompanied by slide-guitarist Dan Bonis, a multi-instrumentalist who plays dobro, lap steel, weissenborn, mandolin, banjo as well as the slide guitar, and he does it so well.
Richard Cuccaro of AcousticLive! in NYC and beyond writes:
His Mom had been a performer in England and listened to classical music and show tunes at home. His dad listened to Miles Davis and read poetry to him. When Terence would ask what the poems meant, his dad would reply, "don't worry about it." Terence reflected, "It just sounded great."
As a kid he listened to doo-wop and surf rock. "The Challengers, Dick Dale and The Rhythm Rockers played at the Deauville Club in Santa Monica, ironically, right next to a Synanon drug rehab center," he says. He started accordion lessons at age 8 and that went on for 5 or 6 years. He picked up the harmonica at age 10 and started writing short stories in the 7th grade, "War stories, typical stuff that a boy would write."
In the 80's he wrote a lot of poetry. One critic, describing his work, wrote: 'It's on edge. A nice probing edge … The springiness — the febrile kick — in Martin's lines comes from his trying to freeze what's not there, in still-lives, he finds mental landscapes.'
"But poetry was not to be his chosen path. During poetry readings, his stage fright became unbearable. Today he says, "It's easier for me to sing in front of people than it is to read poems." When I asked what pivotal points he would include in his songwriting development, one early influence was the album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" ("It changed my life" -he says) and another was later on when he heard Bruce Cockburn, "…around the time of 'Nothin But a Burnin' Light.' Someone said I reminded them of him, so naturally, out of curiosity, I bought an album. Then I kept buying them. I especially like the last five. I know he's had an influence on me at some level." The biggest turning point came in the late 80's when his best friend Gregory Hicks was doing a lot of writing and they got involved in a band together. "His songs were primitive and unstructured but brilliant and original. I started arranging and writing with him. Because they were his songs, there was no risk for me. "
TERENCE MARTIN with DAN BONIS (Photo by Amy Berkson)
We were excited to have Terence and Dan presenting his songs in their debut on our Folk Music Society of Huntington stage to power our 41st Anniversary season.
Praises by others for his performances:
Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:
Our host tonight was Ira Perlman, and our open mike featured performances by:
Our host tonight was Ira Perlman,
and our open mike featured performances by:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the decade ...