Just touching base again, so it's now 2020 and Mart's Arts has hit ten years of service in the music industry. Look out for the new band formed out the ashes of one I have worked with for years.
I will take the mantle of their crew photographer. I've been abroad with Leader Of Down look out for the images in the new album they are putting the touches on. John Shearer's All Star Jam is
going strength to strength.
All the best
Hi time for a update. Check out the new company logo designed by myself and brought into being by Jason of Macaruba Caricatures..I love it!
Other news: the Leader Of Down charity concert 'Metal Mayhem' is next week come along follow the links on the last blog!
I have been staff photographer of John Shearer's (Steve Hackett/Iron Butterfly and many more) All Star Jam Nights every Thursday at Fairycroft, Saffron Walden, look for those images here soon!
The music festival season is now over and band start touring again..bookings are already doubling. I will of course still be very busy as Uncle Funk & the Boogie Wonderband and Leader Of Down's
A trip to Alaska/Canada has produced some great stuff that has yet to appear here......soon I promise!
Mart's Arts Photography and Boothill Management are pleased to announce Heavy Metal Mayhem Ft. Leader Of Down and guest
On Friday 20th September 2019 at the Saffron Walden Town Hall profits will once again to Mart's Arts cause Cancer Research U.K
Ticket available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/468431
LEADER OF DOWN: The brainchild of Grammy nominated former Motorhead guitarist Wurzel and bass player Tim Atkinson who after forming Leader Of Down busied themselves in a London rehearsal
studio writing dozens of tracks
The name Leader Of Down came from Wurzel mishearing Status Quo's Down Down. Tim and Wurzel along with ex Fastway drummer Steve Clarke started work on the album 'Cascade Into Chaos' but sadly
Wurzel passed away in 2011. The band continued to slowly piece the album together drafting in Motorhead members Lemmy, Phil Campbell & 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and a list of guest musicians including
Bruce Foxton (The Jam), Cliff Evans (Tank), Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Lee Richard (Godsmack). Cascade Into Chaos finally saw the light of day being released in September 2018 to rave reviews
from the likes of Classic Rock Magazine and a 10/10 from Powerplay. The band now feature the line up of Tim (bass) Matt Baker (vocals) Alex Ward (Guitar) & Daniel Akaoui (Drums) who have have
currently toured with Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, they will soon undertake their own Cascade Into Chaos tour with our cancer research fundraiser being the return home gig at the tours end
to Tim's own turf of Saffron Walden.
4TH LABYRINTH: Is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/producer Marcel Kunkel but the band started life as a group of musicians long before the 4th Labyrinth project was born.
The band creates and energy that is hard to find in manufactured bands and artificial stardom. You'll find their sound somewhere between Queen, ELO, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath
and Supertramp. It's a sound that goes back to basics, that rock with maybe a sprinkle of pop, a bit like it used to be in the 1970's.
2015 marked the year of the debut album 'Quattro Stagioni' which was released with mush air play on UK's radio stations across the country, including the BBC. Over the next years the album has been toured
extensively , with the band sharing stages with the like of Focus , Carl Palmer, Dan Reed & FM.
Winner of best Cambridge band 2014.
So another year is upon us. A slightly less busy Christmas period for me due to another operation, I however still managed four Uncle Funk live shoots in three weeks.
I aim to be busy this year.
All the best
So Mart's Arts presents 'The Wine & Me an evening with Tristan Mackey, Craig Macdonald, Claudia McKenzie, James White & Dan Pipe' has come and gone
It raised a modest amount for Cancer Research and didn't make a loss. Well done to everyone who came or who was involved in any manner.
I also photographed for the second time the Addenbrooke's Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show where some very brave women who have battled breast
cancer model to raise much-needed funds for the Addenbrookes Breast Cancer Appeal.
I have also been very busy with other music events like Souled Out Summer (also for the ABCA), Dancing in the Square, Music in the Square, More In common
all of which is charity and social events. All this while having a full-time job and a three-year-old daughter to care for, so the galleries are not quite up to date.
But I am getting there, look out for more Uncle Funk as well as Tristan Mackay, The Pretenders, Lulu, Graham Gouldman and much more.
All the best
Mart's Arts Photography are pleased to announce the 2nd concert for Cancer Research on Sat 2nd September 2017 at Ed's Garden, Saffron Walden, Essex.
Tristan was born in Tiverton, Devon.
He first picked up guitar at the age of 14 after hearing the Eric Clapton 'Unplugged' album. This started his life long love of blues guitar music and the
storytelling songs of Dylan, Young and Springsteen.
In 2001 he moved to Yorkshire to study at Leeds university. During his student days he would busk to pay the bills and it was to this pursuit he returned
after university to promote his music.
He self recorded and released his first E.P 'Tales from a bedroom orchestra' and 'Live from the lounge'. Although these were only produced and sold
from his bedroom studio, his track 'The Wine and Me' was featured in the Channel 4 show 'Skins'.
Another of his songs from the first E.P. 'Be all you can be' was featured by Aled Jones on 'Good Morning Sunday' and was used by World Duty Free Day
as their summer campaign song in all their stores through 2011.
While busking full time, Tristan was discovered on myspace by Grammy award winning producer Martin Levan (John Martyn, Andrew Lloyd Webber)
who invited him to his studio to lay down demos.
In 2010 they embarked on a collaberation to produce Tristan's first album 'Out Along the Wire'. With a team of outstanding musicians, including
Pete Van Hooke (Mike and the Mechanics, Van Morrison) and friend John Garden (Scissor Sisters) as well as a cameo organ performance by Paul
Carrick, the album of original tracks was released 20th Feb 2012.
The album went straight to No1 on the I-Tunes blues charts in the UK and Australia and received a swathe of 4 and 5 star reviews. It was also record
of the week on several UK radio stations including BBC Somerset and BBC Devon.
His follow up album 'Wire & Wood' was released in 2015. An all acoustic record, with the same band featuring organ cameos from Don Airey
(Deep Purple), it received critical praise from the music press including a feature in Blues Magazine. It topped the I-Tunes Blues Chart after a live session
with Fern Britten on BBC Radio 2.
Who Is This Craig? Winner of 'Best Mixed Genre Artist'-2014. Love Music Magazine. London-based Craig MacDonald aka WhoIsThisCraig, is a singer/songwriter
with hints of blues, country, soul and folk bringing warm sounds and a unique level of musical depth and honesty. With a voice that is both soulful and
passionate, and a raw emotion that characterises his earthy style. He has self-produced a collection of 'Songs From Life & Love' (2012) Live at Moorish Castle
with the Poor Birds Band (2013) and most recently 'WhoIsThisCraig' released in Nov 2015. Craig has been performing all across the UK while on a support
tour for singer/songwriter Danny Vaughn (Tyketto/Waysted) & Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network) and most recently has brought his unique style to the Underworld,
Live Rooms, The Bedford Live, The Troubledour and other excellant venues in and around London/UK. The next chapter, the following six months will include
new songs, new album and a whole new band.
Claudia McKenzie (I, Claudia)
Claudia plays a colourful mixture of musical styles. Mellow yet uplifting acoustic sweetness with hints of jazz, folk and a good sense of fun!!
Claudia has been one of Cambridge's busiest bass players for the last 15 years and currently plays with Cambridge Band Competition winners 4th Labyrinth.
3 years ago she decided to focus on her own songwriting and has been playing solo acoustic gigs as well as fronting her own band "Claudia & the Braidy Bunch".
Claudia is currently working on her debut album "Storms & Silver Linings" which is due to be released this autumn.
Having finished his nine year stint playing comedy-acoustic under the alias of 'Rage Against-Genetal Herpes' James finished vocal rehabilitation following tearing
his vocal cords and decided he wanted to go in a different direction. His last show as RAGH was a sellout supporting Professor Elemantal who incidentally made
the introduction for James' debut EP. This new start has taken him on a much more serious path in which he has buried himself in activism and philanthropy
through his music.
His debut EP, 'The Lost & Forgotten', extraordinarily sold out of the first physical copies on the day before it's official release. Donating all royalties made on his
music to mental health (MIND) and refugee related causes (War Child, Help Refugees as well as personally delivering supplies and helping out around refugee
camps) James is currently working on new ways of raising awareness and funds for causes close to his heart through his musical escapades. His work has seen
him interviewed and playing live on the BBC, as well as various interviews on national, regional and community radio stations as wells as newspapers and
Local lad Dan has one of the most infectious personalities in Saffron Walden. I wanted to book him last year but it was not until this year did I dare ask him.
Between us two, we were without any doubt our local record shop (The much missed Chew and Osbournes) biggest two customers, more often than not the
pair of us would be collecting a pile of recordings we had ordered in at the same time. Dan is from a family who all enjoy their music and I am looking forward
a great deal to his set of classic singer/songwriters like Dylan, Petty and a bit of the Beatles (I hope!).
As you can see, I am very very proud of this line up and as you may know Cancer Research is a cause dear to mine and my family indeed. Ed's Garden will make
a great venue with a nice atmosphere, great wines and beverages and food if need be. All for £15 towards a brilliant cause. The tickets are available on the link
below. I am looking forward to seeing you.
Sorry I have not blogged for a while, I had planned when starting this website for it be a ongoing thing..life get's in the way I quess!
So my Cancer Research fund raising gig with Tristan Mackay and a wealth of talent came and went raising funds for a charity that
I hold dear (watch this space for upcoming fund raisers). I have been busy with many music artists over the last few months from the
ones to watch in the future Bad Touch & Broken Witt Rebels, Icons like Slade, Magnum and Glenn Hughes and top of the range tributes
like Uncle Funk and Led Zeppelin Masters. With artist such as King King and Steve Hackett coming up soon, it looks good. The Mind's Eyes
books are still available on Amazon. It is Saffron Walden's three year cycled 8-Day Weekend and once again I am a official photographer.
Tristan Mackay, 50ft Woman, Finish On 2. Live at the Saffron Walden Town Football Club on Sat.17th September 2016 all proceeds to Cancer Research.
It is that time to announce the forth book in The Mind's Eye Series 'Tales From The Cacao Tree' this time there was a theme set by the authors Maria Savva and Darcia Helle was chocolate! I must admit it was a challenge but after a bottle of red wine and some dark chocolate some dark ideas formed as to the images I would take and put forward and how I would push whatever author got whatever photo. Book one 'Perspectives' was the original brainchild of myself and Maria with short stories based on photos I provided bringing in Darcia as the project took life more photographers, poets and authors have joined the ranks in the following books in the series 'Reflections' and Tryptychs'. TFTCT will include photos from myself, Helle Gade and Kim Stapf, the authors will be Maria Savva, Darcia Helle, Ben Ditmars, Richard Weatherly and J.Michael Radcliffe.
Sensations Wrapped In Silver Foil
Sweet Lies, Bitter Truths
What would you do for the love of chocolate?
Greetings once again long time no see, things have been a bit quiet since the birth of my daughter Rosie and the trails of raising a young one! I have just spent a afternoon updating many galleries and will do more so in the next few days. Book 4 of The Mind's Eye series is close to being finished and has a new twist! Hopefully there will be a few gigs coming soon.
The follow up to Perspectives and the second book in the Minds Eye Series 'Reflections' was released today (1st Nov 2014) on Kindle and paperback via Amazon.
Along with photos by myself and Helle Gade featuring next to original authors Maria Savva and Darcia Helle are new comers Jason Mcintyre, J. Michael Radcliffe and Ben Ditmars.
Reflections is similar to Perspectives with stories inspired by photos from myself and Helle, with more authors and poetry from Ben. It even features my first short story titled 'The Squirrel' which is a true story about the photo of the stories title.
Pick yourself up a copy now (Perspectives is also still available..treat yourself!)
All the best
It's time to reflect on the closure of the Perspectives Exhibition at Saffron Walden Library; to be honest I didn't sell as many as I would have liked but the attention it drew in was positive and the feedback was really good. Sadly that doesn't feed the baby though! On a more positive note, I had great time of late photographing the great Blues Brothers Rhythm and Blues Revue Band tribute and Dennis Stratton's (Ex- Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis, Lionheart) Remus Down Boulavard for two great charities (Saffron Walden Cricket Club/ Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund) plus a host of local young talented bands.
Back to Reflections; I am pleased to announce that the follow up to the Perspectives book and the second book in the Mind's Eye series Reflections has been finished and formatted and is ready for release. It is bigger than Perspectives with more authors joining Maria Savva and Darcia Helle, this time iit includes J. Michael Radcliffe and Jason Mcintyre. There will also be poems from Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars and the theme is the same. The stories and poems will again be inspired by photographs by myself with a little help by fellow photographer Helle Gade. Another twist this time is that it will include a true short story by myself titled 'The Squirrel'.
Today is the official front page reveal day, more news and release info will follow very soon, please remember Perspectives is still available on Amazon .
All the best
The Perspectives Exhibition is now open at Saffron Walden Library until September 15th.
Sorry! Long time no blogging, I meant to be more active for this blogging thing! So what have I been up to? Photographing this and that; just lately I was one of the official photographers for the Saffron Walden Round Table Carnival 8 Day weekend. It was very hectic and I got to shoot many different things from male strippers, Matt Cardle, Martin Lewis OBE, Nina Conti, tug or war, football and my great mates Uncle Funk! A great local event and charity, the Roundtable and volunteers do an awesome job and I am proud to have helped out. A one week trip to my old stamping grounds in North Norfolk the following week has produced some great nature and scenery images. So what's next? Well I am glad to say I will be back at the Cambridge Rock Festival again in early August, my next exhibition also runs in the Saffron Walden Library that month based on images from the Perspectives book and outside of photographing I am preparing to become a father for the first time, phew!
So here we are Mart's Arts Photography.com's first birthday, thank you to Thinny and everyone who has made it possible to do what I love and here's to many more years.
Welcome back to Mart's Arts just before the Easter holidays. Plenty of news today; foremost being Perspectives, the book inspired by my idea to send photo images to authors Maria Savva and Darcia Helle with the aim to inspire them into writing short stories based on the images they saw. No clues, no descriptions! It worked and Perspectives has now been launched and is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.
Gig wise I certainly have been busy with Lisbee Stainton at the Cambridge Junction and a lovely trip to Sheffield City Hall to photograph three bands on one bill that I have personally loved to listen to since I was a teenager FM, Europe and Foreigner. A review was also penned by me and submitted to I Review Rock.Com including a small selection from my images that night.
The images are all over in the 'Music' section on here, pop across and have a look
Chart bothering reggae legends UB40 were the next stop at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. One of my images was picked up by the BBC and used around the world for a rather odd story that broke the following day!
The follow up to Perspectives is already being written, the photos are in and even a story supplied by me as well!
So that's it for now, until the next update buy the book, share links to my stuff and be nice to people!
All the best
It has been a little while since the last blog, so what is happening? Quite a bit to say the least: a number of musical acts in the pipeline but most importantly at the moment is 'Perspectives', a collection of twelve short stories written by Maria Savva and Darcia Helle (six each). Each story is inspired by a photograph I have supplied with no back story or title, just their imagination to spin their magic. It has been a very exciting and refreshing project which will be ready in the near future.
Ladies and Gentlemen coming soon 'Perspectives' 12 Moments Captured, 12 Stories Told.
Do you trust what you see?
A rock only becomes a mountain when you broaden what you view.
We challenge you to look at the world from different
So it's February, so what's going on? New photographs have been added today of the Illinois alternative metal band SOiL have been added to the music galleries with the Welsh reggae metal artists Skindred soon to follow. New York City's Alternative Rock Band Spin Doctors are on the books for later in the month, New York's Melodic Rockers supreme Tyketto should be on the cards in March and British reggae/pop legends UB40 will be around Easter time. There is also a quite different project in the pipeline with involves a cross over of mediums and a collaboration with two other creatives. More on that matter when my partners in crime are ready to make announcements on it, but if it comes off it will be very exciting! My exhibition at the Saffron Walden Library also needs to be worked on, the photos are pretty much picked and need putting to canvas and I need a name for the it!!!
Until next time, keep it cool
Today is Christmas Eve and I spent last night photographing my brilliant friends Uncle Funk at their annual Christmas show in Saffron Walden.
Check out the Photos and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Blog update time. A absolutely brilliant gig by Tristan Mackay at the St.James Theatre on Friday night.His 'Out Along The Wire' is one of my favorite albums of recent years, a must for any fans of Eric Clapton's Unplugged stuff! His new album in the making is also going to be great judging by the songs preview from it on the night. The photos are up on in the 'Music' section.
The nature section has also had a update of a gallery on 'Wild Geese' and while I am on the nature subject it's saddens me that the beautiful wolves in the first nature gallery on here escaped from Colchester Zoo earlier in the week and three of them had to be shot dead in the attempt to capture them, very sad and as you can tell from my photos they were magnificent creatures.
All the best
Another great night with friends of Mart's Arts The Union. A fantastic show and a nice chat with the lads at soundchecks please check the music section for the images. The O2 Islington does have some pretty awful lighting, thankfully I got some lovely B&W images at the soundchecks.
It's been a busy week or so with a trip to two zoos in the Norfolk area resulting in a lot of new stuff in the nature galleries.
Also new to the site in the music galleries is a set from the legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett at the packed out Cambridge Corn Exchange on 1st Nov 2013.
There is a lot of gigs lined up in the run up to Christmas it's going to be a blast,remember to pop back often and tell your friends about the site!
All the best
Hi everyone, just a quick update: A couple of my images have been used in the newly released Pat McManus Band album 'Dark Emerald Highway'. The outer sleeve and photos of Pat are supplied by Niall Fennessy Photography with two images of the remanding band members Paul Faloon and Marti McDermott taken from a set of my live photos in the inner sleeve. Niall has done a fine job of designing the sleeve. I have just listened to it and the Ex- Mama's Boys guitarist has produced a very fine sounding album that I really think you should check out.
I'll be back soon with more new stuff.
All the best
Just a quick note and photo of Moorish Castle, Gibraltar. A couple of friends of Mart's Arts recorded a album there called 'Live At Moorish Castle'. Craig Macdonald is a very talented man and the album is full of some lovely sun soaked songs. Craig is helped out on backing vocals by Mr.Danny Vaughn who can be found in many of my galleries. I am hoping to photograph Craig one of these days, funnily while I was in his home town of Gibraltar taking this shot he was in London performing (sods law!).
Hear the album for free here.
More new photos coming soon!
All the best
Time to touch base again, last night I photographed a artist I like a lot..........Fish. The big Scotsman was on form last as well. A very good artist and a witty fellow to boot.
Please check out the music section for the photo set and also his support act Lu Cozma is there in a gallery as well. The next gig shot will be ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.
The recent bout of wet weather in the U.K has lead to a couple new galleries. I am not one to let rain stop my nature photography, not when a bit of it means a whole new cast of characters emerge from the wings.
Frogs, Snails, Slugs and just raindrops on foliage are all there to capture.
Please pop over to the 'Nature' section where I have uploaded new and old photos to make new galleries on 'Common Frogs' and 'Slugs' O.K slimy and unloved but all important parts of the country's fauna.
See you soon 'a very wet' Mart.
Just a quick note to to say check out the Bonafide review for their new album Bombo on www.ireviewrock.com. All words and photos by myself.
They are well worth a look and my 'Music' galleries have more photos from a great Swedish export.
Thanks to great Birthday present from the Mrs. I got to spend yesterday and today at the fantastic Raptor Foundation. Yesterday I took part in one of their photography days, where they entertain photographers and their whims for the day. We stayed over the night in their nice converted stables wondered around the site this morning before moving of to visit a nearby farm which had a tearoom and strangely some Nile Crocodiles (check my 'Reptile' section for images).
Once again there are shed load of new galleries, nine in fact! Tawny, Little, Scops and Various Owls, Bateleur & Bald Eagles, Buzzards, Hawks & Kites, Falcons and lastly Kestrels all in the Nature section.
If you can visit the Raptor Foundation please do so, their tireless work saving injured birds of prey is an inspiration.
After all the music activity it's time for a huge bundle of animal photos. A trip to Wimpole Hall as a birthday treat yesterday has resulted in a number of new galleries 'Wimpole Hall' in Misc section and Sheep, Goats, Domestic Fowl and Cattle in the Nature section, all padded out with previous images of the subjects I had waiting for them Galleries in the dusty vaults. To top if off it also means the Highland Cattle, Pigs, Sparrows, Bees, Butterflies and Horses galleries in the nature section also get a bumper top up of new photos!
Please take the time have a long browse and please share with your friends any links you think they will like!
A totally 'Turkeyed out Mart!
Well since the Cambridge Rock Festival some of my images can be seen by various artists all over the internet on Facebook, Twitter and Websites. From artists like Cregan and Co, Carl Sentence, Magnum and Pat McManus. Check out their sites and social media pages. I will be photographing former Marillion singer Fish next month as well, which is going to be great fun! I also have a new review penned by me and illustrated with my photographs for Cambridge Rock Festival 2013 on my good friend Andy's review page www.ireviewrock.com Please check it out.
I also have a few nature and animal projects coming up in the next week...Keep coming back people.
Pat McManus CRF 2013
What a weekend! The Cambridge Rock Festival 10th Anniversary has come and sadly gone. My first bit of gig photography for a while due to operations on my arm and what a gig to come back with!
Four days of nice weather, fantastic music and very lovely people. Please pop over to the 'Music' section on this site which is now creaking with new galleries from the festival with the likes of Cregan And Co, Bonafide, The Quireboys, Pat McManus, Persian Risk, Mostly Autumn, Magnum and many others.
I very much hope to be back next year!
Below are a few images of people and sights from around the festival this weekend.
Good afternoon on this hot sunny August the 1st 2013. So what's Mart's Arts been up to lately? Not a lot really, after two major operations on my arm, I have been in a state of recover. Yesterday I took a few personal photos of my Nieces 9th birthday party featuring Jurassic Encounters animal experience. Things will begin moving again very soon, I have been chatting to a very nice Scottish prog singer about photographing him next month which I hope comes off. Today is the first day of the Cambridge Rock Festival, something I always look forward to, today I should be able to get there in time for the Ben Mills fronted Cregan & Co but the rest of the festival I will there for the whole time. So there you go-life is slowly beginning to return to normal Rock On!
All the best
I am pleased to announce that I have just been confirmed for the third year to photograph the fantastic Cambridge Rock Festival.
Now in it's tenth year with some of my favorite bands playing this year such as Bonafide, Magnum, The Quireboys and many others.
A chance also to meet up with some old friends and have a beer or two as well.
Now don't worry my page will not be swamped with adverts for bands tours, BUT! there are at least four acts who, if they have something on then I will share it.
Tyketto and founder members Danny & Michael have always been great friends to Mart's Arts. I cannot stress enough if you like hard rock, especially with a more
melodic edge exactly how good these guys are.
All the best.
Well we are four days in from the launch of this site, we have hit 240 unique visitors and you have visited the page 419 times and the Facebook following has swelled along side it.
I have added a number of galleries since the launch in the Nature and Misc sections, so please check them out.
Please continue to come back as often as you can, share the links, tell your friends, join the Facebook page etc.
Thank you and hopefully I will be back to normal in a few weeks,
All the best
Swans in a Storm (2010)-click to enlarge.
Hello and welcome to Mart's Arts Photography Page. This site has been on the cards for at least three years. From the start there was only one man for the job of building the site, a man who's very identity is a secret and goes only by the names Thinny, The Thin Controller or The Thin One. After years of searching Thinny was tracked down to Thunder Towers his secret hideout. With prehaps the best website builder onboard the project was on.
As for the nature side please respect all forms of plant and animal life, pick up your litter and leave the countryside as you find it so I and others can enjoy it.
Many thanks for dropping in, please come back.
All the best.
(The Team Thinny & Mart)
Just a quick plug. The Union will be touring this Autumn. As you will see from the 'Music' gallery,I have photographed them a number of times. If you can check them out,do so.
all the best