Old chums Martin & Spider have decided to do a nice wee intimate show at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen Having known each other for many years with many recordings and performances shared, they thought it was time to do something in Aberdeen. Should be a treat xx Doors 7pm, show starts 7:30pm 2 x 45 minute sets with a 20 minute break in between Tickets £18.50 + book fee


Martin Stephenson began his career as a busker aged 15. He then spent three years plying his trade as the guitar player in various bands in the North East of England . But Martin wanted more, he wanted to tell stories of his own and he was quickly developing ways of doing just that.

He developed his song-writing technique by firstly learning a few licks from a Spanish guitar book and repeated the process with Jazz, Blues, Country, Skiffle, Reggae etc. Eventually, this glorious collision of styles would become the trademark which Martin has carried through his career of almost 40 years.

Martin formed his band The Daintees, who became busking sensations and were signed by Kitchenware at around the same time as Prefab Sprout and Hurrah! The band, and indeed Martin, have always been known for their incredible range of styles, each album covering a multitude of genres, tempos and moods. The Daintees went on to release four critically acclaimed albums between 1986 & 1992; Boat To Bolivia, Gladsome Humour and Blue, Salutation Road, and The Boys Heart.

His must-see live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

Spider MacKenzie “Harmonica virtuoso” The Aberdeen Evening Express, “I bet you think every town has a blues harp player this good. They don’t and we should cherish him.” The Aberdeen Press & Journal. Are two quotes from Aberdeen’s local newspapers.

A versatile, informed player he has been chosen as a harmonica player for numerous artists in the UK, Europe & the USA. To name a few: the late great Scottish blues and jazz singer Tam White, Perrier award winning jazz singer Niki King, Martin Stephenson & the Daintees, actress Elaine C Smith, Guntmar Feuerstein and Dik Banovich. In the United States he has worked with Texas music legends such as: Shake Russell, Gary P Nunn, Bill Kirchen, Michael Hearne, Bill Hearne, Chris Gage, Bob Livingston, Danny Britt and Tom Peterson the South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recipient.

Today Spider continues to record and perform with many of the above artists in the UK, Europe, and the USA. He also performs regularly with his long-time duo & Steve Crawford & Spider MacKenzie.


Tickets £18.50 + book fee