Martin Harley is an internationally acclaimed slide guitar player and songwriter. His music has been enjoyed from London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall to the far reaches of Australia, across the USA and almost everywhere in between. Playing both acoustic weissenborn and electric slide guitar across his lap has become the trademark style of this dynamic artist.
Performances at Europe’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury’s Acoustic and Avalon stages have cemented his popularity within the acoustic blues scene. The home grown, hard touring approach he’s employed over the last eight years has built a strong fan base worldwide. His ‘British Americana’ sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy swing and has produced a road worn style of song writing that feels as comfortable and as an old pair of shoes you just can’t throw away.
Martin recordings and live shows alike have prompted such praise as. “In the Martin Harley the future of British roots and blues is assured” (Blues Nights), “Amazing” (Johnny Walker BBC radio 2) “Song writing that is staggeringly good, no one is making music like it” (Guitarist Magazine) ‘
‘Drumrolls for Somersaults’ the fourth album, reached number one in the Itunes UK blues chart in April this year. Martin’s ‘Blues Gone Green’ bike tour (27 shows over 1200 miles in 31 days on a customised bicycle carrying all his own equipment) and holding the world record for the ‘worlds highest ever gig’ in the Himalayas has reinforced the idea that ‘This is no ordinary musician’ (Maverick Magazine)