And I was blown away by that rare artist who is equally engaging as a singer and a musician, with songs with equally strong lyrics and melodies. The lyrics perhaps are Martyn's particular strength: he's Welsh and a natural storyteller with an incredible facility for putting words together in ways that are vivid, evocative and with remarkable rhythm.
Highly recommend you have a listen to this overlooked talent: www.martynjoseph.net.
In the absence of videos, I offer a potted set list and a few photos. Where I'm unsure of 'official' song titles, I've noted partial song lines.
Beautiful [Things That We Have Carried Here]
~someday they'll disappear
skin and bone - death and stone
things that we have carried here
freedom needs a volunteer
to be beautiful
can be beautiful
Help Me Find That Man
All This Time [The Sum Of All These Parts Are We]
Free Fallin' (by Tom Petty)
The Good In Me Is Dead
Weight Of The World [Now here are lyrics worthy of serious study!]
Sing To My Soul [If I wasn't won over by this point, this song did it.]
Kiss The World Beautiful [reminded of John Gorka]
This Being Woman
We Are Men [introduced by reading of a Dylan Thomas poem and a reference to Glen Hansard that went straight over my head at the time!]
I Have Come To Sing [Hope Love Peace Mercy]
Lonely Like America (new song)
Proud Valley Boy
Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have To Take Me Home
Change Your World [which segued into what I believe was some sort of medley]
Vegas [with a remarkable story and an even more remarkable Elvis impersonation]
Turn Me Tender
Went straight home and bought his latest album 'Evolved'.