Martin Stephenson and the Daintees for Spring 2010 tour, Willowman date and beyond
Posted: 22nd March 2010
Back in the 80s, a label was formed in Tyneside called Kitchenware Records and its roster was small but the envy of larger major-labels. They were marketed under the wing of what was CBS and is a name familiar to anyone who buys Editors releases today - they were also staunchly loyal to North-East artists hence the nurturing and canoodling with Prefab Sprout, Kane Gang and Hurrah!.
As well as intelligent yet conformist pop-bands, they also housed the latent energies of Cathal Coughlan's aggressive yet melodic charges, Fatima Mansions and one cocky-yet-likeable young lad from Durham Town, Martin Stephenson (with his backing band, The Daintees). The two songwriters later collaborated on a smile-rendering cover of 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off' - I'm glad they didn't do as the song suggests.
Stephenson's output for the label included four pin-sharp albums, including the successful debut 'Boat To Bolivia', that took in blues, folk, rock and cabaret in equal measure and the evergreen troubadour is back on the road throughout the year. His string of dates start in April on the 3rd for an unusual Buster Keaton evening at the Strathpeffer Coffee Shop (£8) - he will improvise during some Keaton 'silents' as well as play his own songs afterwards!
The remaining gigs are a little more straightforward with Hebden Bridge being the first stop on 22nd April, quickly followed by Chesterfield (23rd) and London's Green Note (29th). He then heads to Winsford (28th May) and Newcastle (4th June) before playing at the Willowman Festival 2010 on 20th June at Lenthor Farm, North Yorks. He returns to London for a bigger gig at the Borderline (17th Sep) and finally the Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms (18th Dec)
Tickets for the genial strummer are on sale now, priced from £8 (plus fees).
- Sun 17th Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees Crookes Social Club (Sheffield) Buy Tickets
- Thu 21st Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees The Hare and Hounds Birmingham (Kings Heath) Buy Tickets
- Fri 22nd Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees Fiddlers (Bristol) Buy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees Nottingham Trent Student Union/ The Loft (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Sun 24th Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees Gorilla (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Thu 28th Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees The Green Door Store (Brighton) Buy Tickets
- Fri 29th Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees 229 the venue - Great Portland Street (Marylebone) Buy Tickets
- Sat 30th Nov 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester) Buy Tickets
- Sun 1st Dec 2019 Martin Stephenson Phoenix Arts Centre (Exeter) Buy Tickets
- Thu 5th Dec 2019 Martin Stephenson : and the Daintees The Voodoo Rooms (Edinburgh) Buy Tickets
- Sat 7th Dec 2019 Martin Stephenson Old Fire Station (Carlisle) Buy Tickets
- Fri 27th Dec 2019 Martin Stephenson The Cluny 2 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Buy Tickets
- Thu 5th Mar 2020 Martin Stephenson Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Buy Tickets
- Fri 6th Mar 2020 Martin Stephenson Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Buy Tickets
- Sat 7th Mar 2020 Martin Stephenson Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Buy Tickets
- Sat 4th Apr 2020 Martin Stephenson Village Club - Thornton Hough (Wirral) Buy Tickets