Martyn Lewis is a singer songwriter living in East Manchester who has been writing music for more years than he cares to remember and who returned to the live scene in 2008, playing at local folk groups and various Open Mic venues in and around Manchester.
Martyn’s music has its roots in the folk scene around Beverley, Hull and the North East of England. In the early seventies Martyn and his brother formed their group “Banned Everywhere” writing most of their own material and supplementing the line up with whoever was to hand at the time.
Martyn and John continued collaborating musically through to the 1980’s though Banned Everywhere was officially disbanded by 1975. The two brothers went their own separate ways; Martyn joined a rock band that worked the north eastern club circuit though until 1979.
Martyn’s ‘day-job’ took over and he moved south, before finally returning to his roots with songs reflecting on his own surroundings, songs about East Manchester, love and politics.
“Its pretty basic folk stuff but if the message is right it has a certain appeal and the audiences seem to love it” said Martyn. “Especially the topical political stuff”
Martyn’s last album “Up The Hill And Down Again, The Oranges Are Coming” was released on Coquet Shack in November 2010 and his latest collection "All Of The Promises" is to be released on September 1st 2013.
The new album was delayed from a planned release last year, when it was decided to release a collection of cover songs from his live shows as a seperate album and then serious illness was delayed whilst Martyn recovered.
"Just after we decided to release the covers album as a seperate collection I went and got pneumonia" said Martyn "Which meant I couldnt sing for a while and that was frustrating as I still had half an album to write and record"
"It meant learning new ways of working, piece by piece whilst I convalesced and worked through some subsequent health issues arising from treatment errors"
"That said, the end result has been worth it, I just hope everyone likes this one as much as the last."