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Mad Martins update & overhaul + Doorstop Productions animation tests

Posted on 30 June, 2021 at 0:40 Comments comments (30)

As we creaked open the dusty door to the almost forgotten world of Mad Martins a few weeks ago, we were at a bit of a loss as to how to proceed with things. After the promise and joy of the first live show in October 2019, which was brilliant, things got a bit 'complicated'. Then while we were wondering how to keep up momentum for future performances, lockdown struck. So, like so many others in the same boat, we focused on other projects to see us through, both mentally and financially.


We are in the process of overhauling the Mad Martins to reflect more where we feel things stand with it now, including adding new songs and other material. We have also been working on redesigning the visual aspect of the project to make it all more vibrant and colourful, so how chuffed were we when the beautiful people at US film company Doorstop Productions fell in love with the Martins and a madman-loving partnership was born!


Here are two test pieces that have been created from images of William, pompous inventor and philosopher extraordinaire, and Jonathan, the Mad arsonist of York Minster (yes, he really did burn it down!). This is such an exciting taster of what is to come, and we can't wait to share a fully animated video of one of the songs, which is currently in development. But which song? You'll have to wait and see!!



New Logo design Tote Bag now available

Posted on 22 February, 2021 at 4:50 Comments comments (118)

Helen's new design, featuring the three Martin Brothers is now available as a Tote Bag from our Bandcamp Merchandise Shop, complimenting the previously issued T-Shirt...



To view and/or order the Tote Bag CLICK HERE.

"Gonzo Jon" issues an apology!

Posted on 12 February, 2021 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

Jonathan Downes aka 'Gonzo Jon', editor of Gonzo Weekly Magazine,has issued an apology to Gary in the latest edition of Gonzo (Issue #427/8 - see below), for having made the accidental mistake of calling him Gary "Mitchell" in the header to part 2 of his in-depth interview (over 2 successive issues) with the Kev Rowland. "Thanks Jon!!"...



Gary's Interview with Kev Rowland in Gonzo Weekly (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on 22 January, 2021 at 5:05 Comments comments (0)

The second part of Gary's 10,000-word interview is now published in issue #425/6 of Gonzo Weekly.


To read the article in full CLICK HERE.


Here's an image of the first page of the article [note the big mistake in the header - Gary is named "Mitchell" not "Miller"!!!!]...



Gary's Interview with Kev Rowland in Gonzo Weekly (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on 15 January, 2021 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

The first half of Gary's 10,000-word interview with Kev Rowland, which features a lot of coverage of the Mad Martins project as well as being a complete overview of Gary's entire career to-date, is now published in issue #423 of Gonzo Weekly online magazine.


To read the article in full, follow the link HERE and scroll to pages 72-86.


In the meantime, below is an image of the first page of the interview...



10,000-word "definitive" interview with Gary in MLWZ, Poland

Posted on 7 December, 2020 at 5:05 Comments comments (28)

Our thanks to Kev Rowland for getting this 10,000-word, and what he describes as "definitive", interview with Gary published online at MLWZ, Poland.


It covers his entire career to-date, and includes a large portion on 'Mad Martins'.


 

You can read the interview in its entirity by following the link HERE.




New T-Shirt Design

Posted on 4 December, 2020 at 6:50 Comments comments (0)

We're delighted to announce that we have a brand new T-Shirt design available to order direct from our Shop in a wide range of sizes from XXS to XXXXXL.


It features Helen's magnificent Mad Martins artwork depicting each of the Martin Brothers, William, Jonathan and John, as a full colour front print on a black shirt.


To view and order, follow the link HERE.



It's "Bandcamp Friday" again!

Posted on 4 December, 2020 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

Today is "Bandcamp Friday" again, so in celebration and following the success of last month's 'Bandcamp Friday', we've once again slashed the price on the Mad Martins 3CD/Hardback Book Box Set from £29.99 to £19.99, plus we're throwing in a copy of the 'Fair Flowers Among The All (The Mad Martins Instrumentals)' companion CD as a free bonus item with each order! Please note this is for one day only (prices will revert tomorrow). Follow the link below to browse the Mad Martins Bandcamp Shop and maybe even grab a pre-Christmas bargain!...


To visit our Bandcamp Merch Page - CLICK HERE




Four tracks from Mad Martins featured on Andy Nagy's 'Black Jack Davy Show' for WBRS 100.1FM

Posted on 26 November, 2020 at 8:45 Comments comments (0)

 

Thank you so much to the amazing Andy Nagy for featuring so much of Gary's work from throughout the years (which, in addition to Mad Martins, included solo recordings and with his band The Whisky Priests) in such esteemed company on the latest edition of his wonderful 'Black Jack Davy' show for WBRS 100.1FM last night.


The show featured as many as four tracks from the Mad Martins 3CD set and here's what Andy had to say about it : -


"What stories, and what storytelling, song writing! This is truly a masterpiece, up there in my initial reactions with Peter Bellamy's "Transports", Fairport's "Babacomb Lee", and Robb Johnson's "Gentle Men", three of the most extraordinary 'folk operas' ever written. Now there are four."


Wow! Thanks Andy - what a fabulous and generous quote!


There's a link to the full playlist HERE.



"Bandcamp Friday" Special Offer Bundle (save £10 and get free bonus items) - for one day only!

Posted on 6 November, 2020 at 7:45 Comments comments (0)

Today is "Bandcamp Friday", when Bandcamp waives its sales fees in support of artists during the COVID Lockdown. To mark the event, we are drastically reducing the price of the Mad Martins 3xCD Box set (in a 100+ page Hardback Book) by £10 for ONE DAY ONLY! Instead of the usual £29.99, you only pay £19.99. PLUS - we're also throwing in a FREE copy of the 'Fair Flowers Among Them All (The Mad Martins Instrumentals)' companion CD AND a set of 10 postcards featuring the front cover artwork. Please note - by tomorrow (7th November) the price will have reverted back to the full price).


To take advantage of this special offer - Click HERE




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