Martin’s back on home turf

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THE Renowned Martin Stephenson has teamed up with The Daintees again and have announced a UK tour performing their acclaimed and most celebrated album, Boat To Bolivia, in its entirety, 26 years since its debut.

County Durham singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson has an impressive reputation for hearty live shows.

This tour follows the success of when Martin and The Daintees performed Boat To Bolivia in full at two sold-out shows at the Jazz Café three years ago.

Martin Stephenson’s early love of literature and music led to the formation of the first Daintees line-up in his early teens.

After becoming something of a busking sensation, Newcastle record label Kitchenware signed Martin & The Daintees and sent them into the studio. After two singles, notable among which was 1982’s intoxicating Roll On Summertime, a debut album was embarked upon.

The Daintees line-up at this time comprised Stephenson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Dunn (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), John Steel (keyboards, harmonica, bass, vocals) and Paul Smith (drums, percussion).

Boat To Bolivia was released in 1986 and was praised by the New Musical Express because it “builds bridges between love and hate, between cradle and grave, between folk and pop, between the past and present”.

Martin Stephenson and The Daintee’s followed up Boat to Bolivia with three albums on the Kitchenware label before Stephenson embarked on a solo career with a series of acclaimed releases for Demon Records.

In the new millennium, he released a series of mail-order only acoustic projects. He also records and tours with his swing outfit the Toe-Rags and, from time to time, a new line-up of the Daintees.

This will be Martin Stephenson and The Daintees first full tour in 20 years.

They play The Sage Gateshead on April 7. For tickets priced £19.50, tel. 443 4661. For more on Martin Stephenson, visit