MARTYN Joseph has been honing his singer-songwriting craft for 30 years.
They have been three decades of passion-filled music-making which now find him well and truly at the top of the game.
The longevity of his career is a clear sign that he has something special to offer.
And that sets the scene for his latest tour which calls in on Sheffield tomorrow.
For the first time in 15 years, the Under Lemonade Skies tour sees Joseph joined on stage by a band, taking his show to a whole new level.
On returning from his recent tour of Canada, he announced to fans that he will be touring with other musicians.
He has often been likened to musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and Bruce Cockburn.
He first signed to Epic after he sold 30,000 copies of his self-financed album An Aching and A Longing.
He continues to tour extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, building up an expanding and enthusiastic fan base.
There is versatility to Martyn’s music that is difficult to categorise.
Variously described as folk, rock, soul and Americana. But the truth is that Martyn Joseph is all of these - and more.
But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre - and, paradoxically, Joseph’s music and the social commentary they embody fit into that no-man’s music land.
Built around memories and keen observations, his songs are inspired by all that’s good in the world and also that with which society often falls short. Martyn is at the Plug, Sheffield tomorrow.
SHEFFIELD acoustic guitar wizard Keith Hinchliffe has been back in the studio to sprinkle some of his modern magic on Ancient Music.
For new album from the nimble fingers of this musical genius concentrates on renaissance, baroque and Celtic tunes from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Not only is his dexterity simply awe-inspiring, but his touch is both light and dynamic when the moment demands, giving new life to each piece.
The album, Ancient Music, will be a must-buy for all serious guitar players, who can buy a book of the arrangements (in notation and tablature).
Both album and book are available from www.keithhinchliffe.com
Keith has two other albums of Celtic guitar music, Islands and Carolan’s Dream, as well as Red Scarf Smiler, which is a much more eclectic selection of music including Elizabethan lute works, blues, Latin American pieces and eight original compositions.
TONIGHT’S guest at the Rock@Matlby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, is Kieran Goss. Next Friday’s guests are Sheffield trio Skyhook.
PETE Morton, with special gues Anna Shannon, is at the Chesterfield Folk Club, Club Chesterfield, tonight.
MEGSON are at the Live@215 venue, Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield next Friday.