Three decades on from their debut album, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees are set to play that very same landmark long player Boat To Bolivia in its entirety at Sage Gateshead on Friday 2nd December. The acoustic guitars, pedal steel, harmonica and double bass of the sound they produced back in 1986 are set to be just as vibrant 30 years on.
Majestic melodies and stark, earnest lyrics all make part of a wonderful performance alongside heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with a warm sense of humour and just a smattering of self-deprecation. County Durham singer-songwriter Stephenson’s early love of literature and music led to the formation of the first Daintees line-up in his early teens. He then took an eclectic path through folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk, pop and country and all these influences are showcased on a fascinatingly folksy sound. For fans who remember the album first time around, this is an incredible opportunity to hear it in a new way; though for both them and those new to the record, this is a very special time machine back to 1986.