There’s a tale, possibly apocryphal, that Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, urged to devise a running order for gigs, used to tape a blank piece of paper to the stage floor rather than conceive a set-list, so contrary to the conventions of pop stardom were they, even in that brief 80′s period when they sparkled for a few months as the likely next-big-thing.
The Geordie singer-songwriter refused to play the fame-at-any-cost game and, now past the half-century mark, flirtations with hits and major labels a distant memory, still tours occasionally with the old bandmates label bosses wanted him to drop.
But his gig at Darwen saw him accompanied only by faithful collaborator Jim Morrison – yes, you heard that right – who turns out to be far from The Lizard King re-incarnated but a consummate fiddle/mandolin player whose accompaniment helped nudge Stephenson far more towards the rag/folk/bluegrass territories he gravitates more readily toward these days.
There are a few nods to the indie-pop heyday
Check out the artist page for Martin Stephenson
Check out the artist page for Martin and Helen
Check out the artist page for The Daintees