Madhen Party Band keeps every member of the band very busy, however that’s not to say there isn’t time for a little extracurricular activity allowing us to keep our hand in with other genres and styles of music. Earlier this year vocalist Matthew performed “A Better Man” as he competed to represent UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. This time guitarist Martyn put aside the sparkly trousers and playing guitar for Shakin’ Stevens on his new single and album releases.
Madhen Party Band’s Guitarist
Martyn has been playing with Shakin’ Stevens for 16 years and has been his Musical Director since 2007. Shaky holds the record for being the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s and has a total of 33 top 40 hits in his back catalogue.
Last week saw the release of his latest album “Echoes Of Our Times”. The album is a collection of personal songs built around Shaky’s family history leaning very much in the direction of ‘rootsy’ Americana.
Needless to say Martyn appears on every track providing all manner of exciting and tasteful electric and acoustic guitars. He has co-written one of the tracks too “Train Of Time” which also features Madhen’s Paul on drums. As we write, the album is projected to enter the UK album charts top 20!
Listen out for Madhen Party Band’s musicians
With the release of any album comes promotional appearances so keep an ear and an eye out for Shaky (and of course Martyn) in the coming weeks. They’ll be appearing on Radio 2 soon on Jools Holland’s show as well as being on Radio 2 every day this week with the first single “Last Man Alive”.
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