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Martin Young

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Martin Young is an English folk singer based in Faversham, Kent, with roots firmly in the English tradition
Ceilidh caller
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Some will remember him as Martin Long. He changed his name in 1998 when he became a member of Equity. Over the last thirty years Martin has played all over Britain at many different venues large and small including clubs and festivals. He has toured Europe and New Zealand. Ceilidhs and Barn Dances In addition to his work as a solo performer Martin formed The Watergrain Band in 2015 with Pip Ives and Ben Paley. He is also a Caller for Ceilidhs and Barn Dances as a member of the band Swing The Bridge and is available to call for other bands. He is also in great demand as a caller with recorded music.

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
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Ceillidh, Folk, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Country, Irish rock, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Burns night, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Actor, MC
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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£350
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£350


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Lucy B, 1 year ago

We had a completely fabulous experience with Martin and his violinist colleague Ramona! He was really helpful in talking over my ideas for the party (surprise 60th with 150 guests aged 18 mos - 80 years). On the day, the duo arrived earlier than requested to set up and play for the first early birds! They played for double the length of the quote which was amazing. Martin was such a good caller, he emboldened young and old guests alike to get up and join in with the set dances. It was a really sensational night; I'm so glad they were available to play for us! Swing the Bridge are: 1. Inspiring 2. Patient 3. Value (for money - they could really charge a lot more... But I'm glad they don't!) You can't go wrong in booking StB.

From other customers:

Debs B, 5 years ago

We were very happy to promote a date recently for The Watergrain Band at Folk in the Barn. The audience enjoyed the friendly, gentle delivery of Martin Long's well arranged and thoughtful material. Pip Ives and Ben Paley on accordion and fiddle added skillful touches of intricate and sensitive playing, giving colour and depth to the arrangements. We're sure this Trio will go from strength to strength.

Mary C, 4 years ago

Hi Martin, Thank you for being such a lovely guest at our club last night, I hope you had a good run back to Faversham. It was a pleasure to meet and hear you - I thoroughly enjoyed your fine performance and it was clear you had everyone else gripped too. Thanks also for your CD - I'm looking forward to some great listening weekend, with your latest one too to enjoy! Hope to see you in action again soon, solo or with Watergrain. Best wishes,