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Review: Martyn Joseph, The Mount Stuart, Cardiff.

Byline: Terry Phillips

WELSH singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph returned home last night, playing to a packed audience at the Mount Stuart Centre in Cardiff Bay.

And Cardiff-born Joseph, a big ice hockey fan, had plenty of support from Cardiff Devils. Former Devils enforcer Mike MacWilliam is Joseph's sound man on his current tour, while several current players were in the audience.

``I've saved everything for tonight's performance, it's great to be home'' said Joseph, a man who performs alone with his guitar and yet somehow fills the stage with his mixture of improvisation, passion and emotion, mixed with a keen sense of good humour.

It's been 20 years since I first watched Joseph perform in a coffee bar at Mackintosh Place. He has scarcely changed. The quality of his voice has developed since those early days - and the number of his fans has shot up.

Joseph was a truly awesome live performer. He drew the audience in with the quality of his show and made it all seem so effortless.

He spent two and a half hours on stage, split by a short break, and ran through a massive range of songs including my favourite, Cardiff Bay. Joseph is Welsh, he's a singing star and he was back home again. Martyn plays the Norwegain Church, Cardiff Bay, in January.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 11, 2002
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