Bop Local Productions present Martin Stephenson

Following the success of his first tour in 20 years with The Daintees in 2012, Martin Stephenson will be performing a special solo set on Saturday 6th April at St Clement's Church, Chorlton, to kick-off his Spring tour.


Martin Stephenson is one of the UK's finest singer/songwriters, whose career in music stretches from when he formed The Daintees in County Durham back in 1980. One of the first bands to sign with indie label Kitchenware Records ~ whose label mates included Prefab Sprout & The Kane Gang ~ Martin Stephenson and The Daintees developed a reputation as a fantastic live act and nurtured a fiercely loyal fan base which remains today.


Martin Stephenson's debut album, Boat To Bolivia with The Daintees, was released on London Records in 1986 and produced by Gil Norton, who went on to work with The Pixies, James and Echo & the Bunnymen. The album featured a range of melodic, rootsy pop songs and ragtime, folk blues, written with a warmth and craftsmanship which acknowledged Martin Stephenson as a gifted songwriter.


Martin Stephenson and The Daintees released a string of albums, following Boat to Bolivia, until disbanding in 1992. Martin then embarked on a solo career and moved to the Scottish Highlands. He released a number of albums until in 2008, when the Daintees reconvened to record Western Eagle and ~ more recently ~ California Star in 2012.


In 2011 Manchester's Simon ('SJM Promotions') Moran went to one of Martin's low key gigs and offered to promote a national tour for him. So in 2012, Martin and the band toured  Boat to Bolivia, playing it in its entirety.




This new solo tour starts in Manchester and will offer a rare opportunity to catch Martin Stephenson in an intimate venue.


Martin will be supported by Eliza P. Doors open at 7.30pm.


Tickets for this special gig at St Clement's Church, Chorlton are £10 in advance via or at Piccadilly Records, Manchester. (Tickets will be £12 on the door).


‘Effortlessly poignant, intensely private yet incredibly personable.’ BBC 6 Music