Guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jeff Martin, has music and melody in his bloodlines and has dedicated his entire life to music, winning praise and fans from all corners of the world.
Forming The Tea Party in 1990, Martin produced all of The Tea Party’s albums, including their eponymous debut album in 1991. The Tea Party signed to EMI Music in 1993 and released Splendor Solis, their first major label recording. Martin employed open tunings to imitate Indian instruments such as the sitar, something he has continued to employ throughout his career. Further developing The Tea Party’s sound, the band continued to record with an array of Indian and Middle-eastern instrumentation while Martin drew lyrical inspiration from occult themes and pagan influenced literature. The Tea Party recorded eight albums on EMI Music, selling over 1.6 million records worldwide, won multiple awards and achieved a No. 1 Canadian single with “Heaven Coming Down” in 1999.
During the six year hiatus when The Tea Party disbanded in 2005, Jeff Martin moved to Australia and developed a successful career as a solo artist touring in Canada, The U.S., Europe and Australia. He released three studio albums, Exile and The Kingdom, The Armada and The Ground Cries Out as well as three live releases, Live in Brisbane, Live in Dublin and Live at the Enmore Theatre (DVD). The Tea Party reunited in 2011 for a series of shows in their native Canada and the success of these dates led to The Tea Party reforming permanently. While the band is working on a new studio album, Jeff Martin is stepping out solo in the fall of 2013 for a few select Canadian dates.
In his solo shows, Jeff will be performing the best of The Tea Party plus an array of his solo offerings and a few newly found treasures which will bring back a lot of what The Tea Party makes so special… rock ‘n roll, the blues, the mystique, the Indian and Middle Eastern influences – in a nutshell: the magic!