Martyn Joseph at First Met

General Admission: $31.15
April 20
7:30-9:30 PM
The AbbeyChurch Arts Space (First Met)View on map
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    Doors open at 7pm * Show at 7:30pm
    Tickets *$28
    Tickets available online from Eventbrite with a service charge ($31.15 total). Or, to avoid the additional Eventbrite fee, tickets are available from The Local General Store at 1440 Haultain during business hours for $28 (cash preferred) starting November 1.
    Tickets are only available in advance – no door sales due to liquor permitting.
    Refreshments, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available – as well as Martyn’s merchandise.
    Some parking is available on Balmoral and around the North Park Neighbourhood or paid parking at the city lot at Vancouver and Caledonia (about a 5-10 minute walk).
    Accessibility: If you require barrier-free access, please email us in advance so we can arrange entry from the 932 Balmoral entrance, as the main, front Quadra doors are not barrier free and have steps. We do have barrier-free and gender-neutral washrooms.
    Sponsored by The Emmaus Community and the AbbeyChurch, an affirming and inclusive community of faith (United Church / Anglican Church ) who meet on this site – with the support of the Local General Store on Haultain and the Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church of Canada.
    If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].
    We’re grateful to hold this concert on the stolen lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən peoples’ – known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
    More on Martyn:
    Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.
    November 2021 saw him release his most recent studio album entitled “1960”, with songs of both insightful observation of our times, along with poignant more personal reflections. The album was made Folk Album of The Month in Mojo and awarded 4 starts by Uncut.
    April 2019 saw him win a “Wales Folk Award” for “Here Come The Young”, the title track of his 2018 album, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”
    In 2018 he was honoured with a “Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance Internatioonal in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK.
    He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 33 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.
    Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
    A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”
    Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”
    He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.
    Press Quotes
    “genuine emotional clout…and must count as one of his best” MOJO “1960” 4*
    “Full of treasured memories and universal themes of joy and sadness” !Uncut “1960” 8/10 review
    “Stunning, heartfelt music”” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2,
    “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”” Uncut
    “Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indigna*on. A Welsh national treasure” MOJO
    “One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/ songwriters”.Q Magazine

    Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.