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Saturday 17 March 2012

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees Bring Their Seminal Album 'Boat To Bolivia' To Brighton

Martin Stephenson may have toured with the likes of Prefab Sprout and Aztec Camera, but it was his early love of literature and music that led to the formation of the first Daintees line-up in his early teens. And it is a revisiting of their debut album Boat To Bolivia that sees them reunited on the live stage once more.

The band was signed to record label Kitchenware and, after two singles, notable among which was 1982's intoxicating Roll On Summertime, a debut album was embarked upon. 

Boat To Bolivia, released in 1986, was praised by the New Musical Express because it ‘builds bridges between love and hate, between cradle and grave, between folk and pop, between the past and present.’ 

The candidness and honesty of Martin Stephenson's lyrics were best portrayed on songs Caroline and Crocodile Cryer.


 

Stephenson relays that: “I'm from the same place as Bryan Ferry, a wee mining village called Washington Tyne & Wear. The Ancestral home of George Washington. 

“In fact I used to steal pears from his garden when I was a boy, er thats George not Bryan, although Bryan lived in the same street as me. 

His Mum was called Polly, a lovely lady. Washington Tyne & Wear is 7 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne, home of the Animals, Jimmy Hendrix lived there for a while when he came to England with Chas Chandler in 1965.” 


 

Martin Stephenson and The Daintee’s followed up Boat to Bolivia’with three albums on the Kitchenware label before Stephenson embarked on a solo career with a series of acclaimed releases for Demon Records. 

In the new millennium, he released a series of mail-order only acoustic projects.

He also records and tours with his swing outfit the Toe-Rags and, from time to time, a new line-up of the Daintees.

This will be Martin Stephenson and The Daintees first full tour in 20 years and is not to be missed.


Martin Stephenson and The Daintees present Boat To Bolivia @ Brighton St Georges Church on Saturday 14th April. Tickets priced £18.50 are available via www.gigsandtours.com

by: Mike Cobley




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