Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin

Notable support from the one-and-only, local veteran pop rocker Tim Davies. Kicking off the night armed with his Maton acoustic, an outstanding head of wavy hair and the pride of a lion playing a collection of his original songs. Showcasing a musician proven to write thought-provoking music that the audience approved throughout his performance.

The crowd eagerly awaited the prodigal rock-god frontman of Canadian trio, The Tea Party, to perform his solo virtuosity. Any individual who has witnessed Jeff Martin perform knows that his shows are professional yet very intense, and the man has an aura around him that flows out like a spiritual being; his presence is strong - and tonight was no exception.

Jeff, along with his armoury of several guitars in various tunings, played songs off solo and Tea Party albums including 'Sister Awake', 'Coming Home', 'The Messenger', 'The Badger', 'Black Snake Blues', 'The Kingdom', and a cover of Nine Inch Nail's 'Hurt'. His pitch plagued him a little throughout some songs, but after a short interval the rocker was in fine form to belt out some more tunes for the hungry audience.

Martin, being quite the womaniser, dedicated the song 'Coming Home' to a birthday girl in the crowd, and the Daniel Lanois cover, 'I Love You', to which Martin declared as a song for any man to play on guitar to apologise to his partner and win her heart back – a definite song for the ladies in the crowd, they all appeared mesmerised.

Martin told everyone of the rebirthing of the monster - The Tea Party has reformed and is back together officially. To much disappointment though, they did not include a Tasmanian leg in their recent tour; Martin reassured us all that The Tea Party will definitely include Tasmania when they tour again next year.

Having seen Martin perform solo on a couple of occasions, the man always has the ability to put on an outstanding performance of an extensive set list to please all. Being a fan of The Tea Party, I'll definitely be looking forward to the concert and new music when they come and rock Hobart next year.

David Walker
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