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BUMS : Barrow Underground Music Society

2 Carlisle St, Barrow LA14 1QT

DOM MARTIN - Friday 29th Nov 2019 7pm- 4am

Dom Martin released his debut album "Spain to Italy" 18th October and sets off on a more local tour to take his music to his new and loyal supporters including support gigs for artists such as Jo Harman, Peter Donegan and Elles Bailey backed up by solo appearances throughout the UK and Switzerland. On Friday 29th November Dom performs at Barrow Underground Music Club in Barrow In Furness

Inspired by the likes of Rory Gallagher, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters, Dom is a 28 year old BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 play-listed artist who has also played a live session for Cerys Matthews in London on the BBC Radio 2 Blues Show and also played live on BBC Radio Ulster at The International Guinness Blues on The Bay Festival.
He has released an original 4 track EP called Easy Way Out (which Cerys Matthews described as “absolutely wonderful stuff”) and has just finished recording his debut album, “Spain to Italy” which will be released later in 2019.
Amongst many other dates, this year (2019) he is playing at The Guinness International Blues on The Bay Festival at Warrenpoint NI (3 performances including a live BBC Radio Ulster slot), The International Rory Gallagher Festival at Ballyshannon Ire (3 performances including the final night Big Top stage before Wishbone Ash), The Letterkenny Rhythm and Blues Festival Ire, a 5 date tour in Moscow, The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Lancashire (2 performances), The Harvest Time Festival in Monaghan Ire (3 main stage headline support performances), The Canterbury Festival in Kent and he also makes his European debut in Switzerland at the Blues Zeppelin Festival in Köniz.
He has just completed a sell out debut UK tour in April and further UK tours are planned for autumn 2019 and a European tour for spring 2020. Recently featured in USA online magazine Dom Martin is a man on the move.
Review from the Spring ‘19 UK Tour - Haydn Hart (photographer and magazine contributor) as featured in Blues in Britain Magazine (June 19) - Now and again you stumble across a rare talent of such sheer genius that you actually wonder whether what you have witnessed can possibly be for real. Dom Martin is one such talent and I’m still pinching myself after last night’s jaw dropping performance. I arrived early to find Dom rehearsing with bass man Ian Rowley as they laid plans for the evenings gig. This was to be the first time they had played together, but there is no way anyone could have guessed that. These guys created the instant chemistry that only musicians of this quality are capable of. Rich Newman soon joined them on drums for a sound check that left me breathless. I would have gone home happy after the sound check/rehearsal alone, but the best was yet to come.
Dom started acoustic and solo…he called it tuning up and after about thirty minutes of some of the finest fretwork you could hope to witness he finally tuned the thing in. All very tongue in cheek of course, this was guitar playing at it’s very finest. Fingers flying up and down the fret in a complete blur , but this wasn’t shredding. Oh no…every note was meticulously selected for maximum listening pleasure. By the end of Dom’s solo set I was fairly exhausted with my insides turned to jelly and crying out for a break…no chance. Ian and Rich were summoned for a couple of numbers before the interval and the magic of blues at it’s very gut wrenching best hit me like a sledgehammer.
This was pleasure, pain, elation…it’s a Blues thing and Bluesmen and women will understand. That feeling that goes right into your soul and awakens senses as nothing else can.
After a brief interval the boys returned and launched into their ‘debut’ gig. Hendrix, Taste, Leadbelly, John Martyn, Robert Johnson and a liberal spattering of Dom’s original numbers. This was seamless and perfect. Dom letting rip as the slightly reserved guitar maestro that we’d seen in part one released the beast and shook the dust off. Here is a guy who doesn’t even have a rig…the magic is made between him and the guitar and the result is astonishing. We came far too quickly to the finale as Dom launched into Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ and as the final bars faded the club rose as one to acknowledge this incredibly talented young man.
Remember his name…Dom Martin…. at a stadium near you soon.

Debut album “Spain to Italy” as featured on the BBC Radio 2 Blues Show with Cerys Matthews.
Available now on CD with 2 bonus tracks!
(Not released digitally until 4th December.)
Buy it now at -
Or come to the merch table after a gig and pick up a signed copy