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Martyn Wyndham Read is an Australian National Treasure. A regular visitor to Australia for many years, Martyn probably did more than most to educate Australians about their heritage. Martyn has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off with his guitar to Australia where he worked on a sheep station Emu Springs in South Australia. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs and he became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew.
English by birth, Martyn first developed his great interest in folksongs of the outback when he went to Australia in the early 1960’s. There, while working on the sheep station, he gained first hand experience of life as a bush worker and at the same time fell in love with Australia and its music. During his subsequent travels he spent much of his time seeking out and learning old songs directly from drovers, cane cutters and other bush workers. As the folk song revival gathered pace in Australia, Martyn found himself singing these songs to audiences all across the Australian continent and after seven years down under, he returned to England where he performed these songs to an appreciative British audience. Concert tours spreading his style of music to the far corners of the world have been the norm since then.
To date his recording career spans 33 years and more than 30 albums, many considered classics of their genre. One of the most engaging performers you’re ever likely to see, his exceptionally intimate performance combines songs, humorous bush poetry recitations, stories and anecdotes of outback life and comments on Australian history and culture that typically leave the audience ready to book the next flight out to Sydney!