Martyn Hewitt

Martyn Hewitt

Martyn started playing guitar at the tender age of thirteen. It was Hank Marvin and Burt Weedon that fueled his love of the actual guitar but what drove Martyn’s desire was the sounds he could create by touch and feel, giving meaning to each note, making each note speak, giving the colour and depth that is the signature of Martyn’s playing.

Martyn’s cousin was the bass player in ‘Brian Poole and the Tremeloes’ and their guitarist used to give him his used guitar strings to keep him going. About two years later at 15, Martyn’s brother was playing with Steve Marriot  in a band called ‘Steve Marriot’s Moments’. They were all about three years older than Martyn and owned records he could listen to. Steve introduced Martyn to a wider range of music; people like Zoot Money and Cyril Davis, Jimmy Reed and Sonny boy Williamson, Booker T and the MGs (Steve Croper and the style of his playing being a strong influence on Martyn as a young man). The band rehearsed at the Hewitt household and Steve Marriot stayed over regularly, sleeping on the couch. Steve, at that time, did not play guitar himself but was a harmonica player and singer. When a tour of the west country came up and Steve’s guitarist was unable to make it.. Martyn took over and joined them for the tour, a prestigious start, because the last stop of the tour was a recording session in the studio ‘Regent Sounds’ in Denmark St, known better as Tin Pan Alley. Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of the Rolling Stones, was their producer. The band had no choice but to find themselves another guitar player, because Martyn was still at school, and at 15, too young to join a pro band.  Later Martyn formed his own band called ‘The Depths’ winning an audition to be put on the show ‘Ready Steady Win’ which was the televised talent contest set up by ‘Ready Steady Go’. In fact, again Steve Marriot stepped in to help when once their own singer couldn’t make it.  The band used a studio in South Moulton street to rehearse and when things went awry through typical band arguments, Management and Record Company disappointments, and after one particular bust up, Martyn, now 20 years old, left music behind, selling all his gear and deciding if he couldn’t play music he would sell music. Martyn worked at the business end of the music business, setting up and running his own record store, for the following 15 years leaving his playing aside completely. He came back, bit by bit, to playing in a smaller way, working with a friend in his studio, playing for love in the evenings, rekindling his love affair with the guitar. When Martyn’s friend, Tony, moved away, he came to a halt again…
Sheri’s invitation, 10 years later, sent via Robbie Gladwell, Steve Harley’s guitarist, provided another opportunity to play and Sheri and Martyn found their individual styles are one of those legendary fits, chemistry at it’s best. …

A recent quote from Royston Folk Club

“I just love Chris’s understated but perfect bass. Sheri’s outstanding vocals and guitar which could easily stand alone without accompaniment – but sorry Sheri and Chris there was moments when my ears shut you out to concentrate on Martins beautiful, tasteful and perfect soloing from his magic fingers and well loved instruments.”

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