Dom was Recently awarded Best Solo/Acoustic Act in the European Blues Awards 2019 and Best Solo/Acoustic Act in the 2020 UK Blues Awards, so all in all, pretty impressive for his first full year and a very impressive and personal debut album indeed with over 73k streams in its first 3 months online!
Although a young man new to the scene, it would be wrong to think Dom Martin hasn't paid his life and musical dues. Brought up in the often tough, but community driven, streets of Belfast Northern Ireland,
Dom traded his craft for a time locally without a (self confessed) clue how to break into the (international) music business and possibly with too much humility to try. 'Discovered' by his present manager, Dom has made a fairly 'meteoric' rise in terms of today's industry, with his first ever EP release attracting BBC 6 music and BBC Radio 2 support - including a converted session with Cerys Matthews and, quite rightly, he now has a number of international tours and Festivals in the book for 2020 (Subject to Covid-19 restrictions of course).
His jaw dropping, entirely natural sounding and unforced/unschooled skill on acoustic guitar, matched with an authentic 'Belfast blues' voice, brings to mind comparisons with many from (Glasgow born) John Martyn to Rory Gallagher, with nods to many in-between, not least perhaps the likes of Van Morrison and Foy Vance.
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