Joe Martin is a Country and Americana singer songwriter from the Ribble Valley but has for the past few years been based in Leeds. Joe has always been surrounded by music, brought up listening to artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Eagles and artists like James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell and Paul Simon. All of which Joe has taken influence from in his own songwriting. He started writing when he was fifteen and focused his efforts exclusively on Country before moving to Leeds to study music. While in Leeds Joe founded the band Fitzwallace, who, over the past couple of years have gone on to perform at some of the most regognised and respected Country, Folk and Americana festivals the UK has to offer. Including, Country to Country, the Great British Folk Festival and the High and Lonesome festival to name a few, they have also been nominated for the BCMA Horizon Act of the Year 2016.
Joe recently attended a songwriting writing retreat in Normandy France hosted by ex vice CEO of Warner Chapel, Judy Stakee, who mentored a handful of selected songwriters from around the world. (Visit the demos page to hear collaborations from the retreat).