Singer – Songwriter Carrie Martin, although initially influenced by Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson, has developed a unique style of singing and a guitar playing; a style that defies easy categorisation. Carrie is an exciting performer with a hybrid picking style that is a blend of what she learnt from her father, her guitar teacher John Shepherd and latterly the brilliant guitarist Gordon Giltrap who is her mentor and guitar hero. Carrie regularly leaves audiences and musicians alike, intrigued and impressed.
Her serendipitous meeting with Gordon came back in 2011, when as a member of the audience at one of his shows the support act failed to turn up, Carrie took the opportunity to stand in, and impressed by her playing Gordon took her under his wing working with her to shape her playing style and helping her shape her song writing and instrumental skills a relationship that continues as her music career blossoms.
Carrie’s guitar skills are attracting attention wherever she performs including ‘Vintage Acoustic’ guitars for which she is an endorsee playing at various events to demonstrate her skill as a musician and Vintage guitars.
Carrie’s self-published debut album “Luna” attracted the attention of record company Trapeze Music leading to the release of her first commercial release “What If…” The album features a host of guest musicians including Gordon Giltrap, Oliver Wakeman (Yes) and Ric Sanders from Fairport Convention all adding a dimension to her impressive mix of technical ability and memorable song writing.
The album has had glowing reviews from all quarters, including Acoustic mag, Rock n’ Reel and Classic Rock Society, and a double page feature in The Journal.
“A pleasing purity in her vocals”
Trevor Raggett, R2 Magazine.
“Her first record is very fine too”
Julian Piper, Acoustic Magazine.