Maartin Allcock is a multi-instrumentalist. Maartin Allcock is possibly best known as a fretless bass player and guitarist. After studying music at Huddersfield and Leeds he played on his first tour with Mike Harding in 1977 then moved to Brittany for a while, where he learned to cook! He then trained as a chef and worked in the Shetland Islands. In 1981 he returned to music with The Bully Wee Band, a celtic folk group. After this broke up he toured in UK, Ireland and Europe with Kieran Halpin until he joined the re-forming Fairport Convention as lead guitarist in 1985. Three years later, he joined Jethro Tull on keyboards.
More recently, apart from moving to Snowdonia where he studied Welsh, he has toured with Blue Tapestry, Kieran Halpin, Orchard (featuring Dave Swarbrick, Beryl Marriott and Kevin Dempsey) as well as performing with Gilly Darbey and touring the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands with The (new) John Wright Band.
Since then Maartin has barely paused to gather breath working on music projects, including appearing at Ralph McTell’s 60th birthday concert and working with Beth Neilsen Chapman and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).
A musician’s musician and a tireless champion for live music. Come and see him team up with multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Huw Williams.
Said Maartin: “Huw wrote songs for Fairport when I was in the van, and we came together again when I produced his band Crasdant’s 2005 album, Llap Y Dwndwr. Also Huw is the manager for the young Welsh band Calan, both of whose albums I produced. It seemed obvious to get together and do some gigs.”