Martin Stuart

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About Martin

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Martin is an excellent and highly experienced performer excelling in reportoire from 50's, 60's 70's 80's and beyond.
Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Rockabilly, Country, Folk, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Motown, Top 40, Vintage, Easy listening, Light music, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Pop rock, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll, Scottish music, 1940s era music, Folk rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, Tribute, R&B, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Synth rock, Experimental, Originals, Ambient pop, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Examiner, Community music worker, Composition teaching
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Song list

50's & 60's Rock 'n' Roll etc:
Saw Her Standing There
Get Back
We Can Work it Out etc
Come On Everybody
Burnin' Love
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Then He Kissed Me
Bye Bye Love
Brown Eyed Girl
The Letter
Bad Moon Risin'
Sympathy for the Devil
Rave On
Folsom Prison Blues
Halfway to Paradise
Bring it on Home
I Hear You Knocking
The Wanderer
Walk in the Room
Blue Suede Shoes
Things We Said Today
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Johnny B. Goode
Proud Mary
Ring of Fire
That's Alright Mama
Pretty Flamingo
Please Stay
70's and 80's etc
Stuck in the Middle with You
Take it Easy
Teenage Kicks
Sweet Caroline
Cracklin' Rosie
Wonderful Tonight
Only You
Little Red Corvette
Purple Rain
Live it Up
Sit Down
Somewhere in my Heart
Personal Jesus
Dancing in the Dark
I'm on Fire
Hungry Heart
Won't Back Down
Learning to Fly
Summer of '69
Wagon Wheel
The Dance
Folsum Prison Blues
Hello Trouble
Me & Bobby McGee
Dead Flowers
Pancho & Lefty
Galway Girl
The Gambler
Folk & Traditional:
Wild Mountain Thyme
Where Have all the Flowers Gone
Blowing in the Wind
Loch Lomond
500 Miles
Castle on the Hill
Thinking Out Loud
Marry You
All These Things That I've Done
Fancy something a bit different? I love playing all the party tracks and seeing a busy dancefloor. If you enjoy other styles of music as well I also enjoy performing tracks by bands such as: The Doors, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The Cure, Depeche Mode and lots of others. Just ask!
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

That's fine, it happens! Try to give me as much advance notice as you can but it really shouldn't be a problem.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Of course, I offer this service for free and you can even pick some songs if you want to. If you would like a DJ service after your event get in touch and I'll be happy to offer a quote based on your requirements. £100 is the standard for an additional DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

A minimum of 30mins with access to the performance space. If it suits your event I like to set up a bit earlier and put on a playlist that suits your event to create the ideal atmosphere.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Always happy to take requests! I build setlists to suit each individual event. I love getting people up on the floor and singing along. However, no one wants the singer drowning everyone out if your night starts with a quiet meal. Happy to chat and get what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring all my own equipment. I use only top of the range professional sound reinforcement equipment. I'm also an experienced and qualified sound-engineer so things will sound as they should! No annoying feedback or anything like that. I also love my guitars and play only high end instruments.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there's still a good chance that I already play it. I'll do my best to accommodate any tracks that you would want and am happy to do so.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My acoustic shows carry a real punch - when we want them to. Many clients have pointed out that I really bring an acoustic guitar to life.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at hundreds of events over the years from large venues to small private events. The standout venues would be: O2 ABC Main stage; BBC Radio Scotland; Radio Clyde; STV (Scottish Television); St Lukes; Oran Mor Venue; Stereo; STAR Folk Club; Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I play in various bands and as a solo artist across multiple genres - so my influences are far-reaching. For events playing acoustic covers I would say 50's, 60's and 70's are my biggest influences. I do enjoy rock n roll, 60's beat bands and Motown as well as some 80's material. But the gig is more about what you like.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Headlining the O2 ABC Main Stage in Glasgow is definitely up there. It's a historic venue even from the days as a cinema before it hosted music events. I've seen many great acts there. It takes on special significance after the fire in 2018.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£120
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300


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Dr G, 4 months ago

Martin has performed in our venue many times over the years. He works across all kinds of genres from quiet background music during food to Saturday night parties. He is always very professional and goes down great with our guests. Happy to recommend.