Martin Stephenson is a supremely gifted singer, songwriter,
musician and performer, whose career in music stretches
back now almost twenty years.
Martin's free spirit incorporated a love for an eclectic range
of musical styles, from Rockabilly, show tunes, through to
straight ahead rock and full-tilt Punk.
He convened The Daintees in the early 80's, the name
deliberately chosen as a response to the humourlessness
and angst of much of the music of the time. The Daintees
became one of the first bands to sign with the Newcastle-
upon-Tyne based independent label, Kitchenware, and their
debut single, "Roll On Summertime" was a sparkling, cheerful
item that announced the arrival of a considerable new talent.
After Kitchenware packed Martin to London Records, he
released the marvellous debut album, "Boat To Bolivia"
(recently reissued on the Barbaraville label) with The Daintees,
under the production auspices of future Pixies/Bunnymen/
James soundman Gil Norton. The Boys Heart was his last
album for London Records. London's quest for a hit single
ran converse to Stephenson's desire to make a purer, more
heartfelt music, although all said albums had their moments.
Martin's instinct to kick against the label's constraints saw
him undertake tours of highland Folk clubs and tiny bars.
Here reissued with newly worked artwork, re mastered and
with bonus tracks and long sought after by old fans of the
Daintees and new converts to Martins unique talent, this is a
reissue to check out!