With his band The Daintees, the amiable Geordie was one of the rising stars of the British music scene in the mid Eighties.
The album Boat to Bolivia had established him as one of the best songwriters of his generation and the big time beckoned.
“At 22 I found myself employing 18 people and paying a VAT bill of £38,000,” said Martin. “I was cocooned like a queen bee with all these worker bees doing things for me.
“We were playing to 2,000 people a night but I realised it wasn’t what I wanted.
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