Bio

About Martin

I belong to Glasgow..

Born and raised in the East end of Glasgow. As the son of a Jazz musician, music has been a constant in my life. I first remember liking the Beatles when I was around 5 or 6. I also liked "big" songs like Nights in White Satin and Whiter Shade of Pale. In the early 70s, I  fell in love with Glam Rock, especially Roxy, Bowie and Queen, but I always loved an epic. So no surprise that as a teenager, I found Prog Rock via Genesis. 

Although my first real band, Lost Weekends was decidedly New Wave, I soon gravitated to Prog. A spell as frontman of cult proggers Abel Ganz led to gigs with the likes of Pallas and Comedy of Errors. 

This was followed by the distinctly neo-prog Masque,  described by UK DJ/TV Presenter Paul Coia as "the Scottish Wishbone Ash"

In 1988, I was co-founder of Field of Vision, a band that continues as a loose recording outfit to this day. From our first release in 1989 Lessons in Predictability & How Are Things in Moscow Anyway, to 2014's acclaimed Vicissitudes of LIfe EP. 

In 2018, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join Long Earth, a band containing two of my old Abel Ganz bandmates, and a third assisting with production duties, along with two other wonderful musicians. Together, we wrote and recorded Once Around the Sun in 2020 to critical acclaim.

2020 has had it's challenges, and of course all festival appearances and headline gigs had to be cancelled. The resulting free time saw me being invited to contribute vocals to a couple of songs on the forthcoming album by Checking For Echo,  and now a new recording band called Armoury Way, working on an unashamedly retro-prog album set for release in 2021. 

I am writing and recording some solo songs, some of which are on the demo page as works in progress - see the NEWS page for details