A productive week

I actually managed to have a week off work and pretty much stuck to my promise to myself not to check any work emails for seven days. It was great just being able to sleep in a bit, catch up on a bit of telly-watching, do a bit of cooking… and most of all get around to recording some new stuff.

I envy those people who manage to get paid for doing their music and don’t have to rely on other work to pay their mortgage. Likewise, I also envy the majority of those who go to my local folk club (the (Not) The White Horse Folk Club in Beverley), who are retired and seem to have all the time in the world to learn new songs. At the moment I’m grabbing spare minutes and hours to get in my music room and start working on new material. I do feel a lot like Homer Simpson, who once said that every time he learns new stuff it pushes old stuff out of his brain. My own internal hard drive is certainly getting very full!

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, I suppose, so in my efforts to keep the wolves from the door I’ll keep pushing on with my day job, as well as my work as a matchday sound engineer at the KC Stadium, plus a distance-learning copy-editing course, and maintaining all the websites I run… and did I mention I’ve just set up my own editorial services business?

The (Not) The White Horse Folk Club in Beverley have booked me to share a guest night at the end of September, so in amongst all that I’m working on producing a CD for then. Some of the tracks I’ve done in my week off are now on my Soundcloud site (but not available for download, fairly obviously…). Hope you like them.


Author: Sam

I'm Sam Martyn, a folk singer, musician and artist from Hull. I'm a member of Hull folk band Beggar's Bridge, and I'm also in the White Horse Ceilidh Band. I've been a regular at the The White Horse Folk Club in Beverley for a good few years now, too. I play piano, low and high whistle, and harmonium. Influences include June Tabor (quite simply a heroine of mine) and Eliza Carthy. In September 2012 I released my first album, Drifting on Out, while Land and Sea followed in February 2016 - both are available to buy on CD via PayPal in my website shop, or from iTunes.

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