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Posted Sunday, January 1, 2012
Martin is back for his annual appearance & this time we've volunteered Chris Maltby to open for him. This will be Martin's zillionth appearance on stage & Chris's first. Both will be appearing in the newly renovated & restored upper hall
Comments by critics include:
You will love Martin for his quick wit in his political and social satire, some of which is a vehicle for his easy folk singing, self-accompanied on guitar.
Pearson is a seasoned trouper of the folk festival circuit and he reveres few sacred cows, neither Prime Minister nor Pope all are grist to Pearson's musical mill and get the treatment from his creative pen.
He is a good yarn-spinner, and time passes quickly, as it does when you're having fun.
Variety and wit and effortlessly polished vocal performances. Martin has the outstanding ability to engage the audience, swapping banter and taking them on a wonderfully varied trip. One moment there are members of the audience rolling in their chairs and the next, you could hear a pin drop while they're spellbound by a simply sublime performance.
He went to concerts, festivals and sessions for years, quietly enjoying the music, never putting himself forward unless it was to help arrange or pack up the chairs. And then, one day, there's a gap in proceedings and out he comes with a traditional song you haven't heard for yonks, and he knows it thoroughly, needs no prompting. Jaws drop and you think "Bugger me - what a good voice!, and has he known songs like that all the time? why didn't he tell us!" That's Chris Maltby for you.