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Martyn Joseph

Here's the [slightly modified] substance of an e-mail message I sent just now:

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 14:01:56 -0400
From: Hugh D. Hyatt
CC: Michaela Majoun,
Helen Leicht
Subject: Martyn Joseph


I'm web master for Common Ground and an XPN listener for 12 years. Last
Friday, Common Ground had its closing concert with Lucy Kaplansky. As expected
she was great. However, I was also very impressed with Martyn Joseph, who
opened for Lucy and of whom I had never heard before.

When I asked the fellow from his label (Appleseed Recordings in nearby West
Chester, PA) about whether and when he would be on 'XPN, I was *stunned* to
learn that y'all never even play his music. He assured me that you have his
latest CD: "Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home."
Believe me, I'm sure there's no other radio station in Philly that would play
him. And there aren't many artists less "'XPN material" than Martyn. To
entice you with what one critic said of him, "He makes Leonard Cohen sound like
Mary Poppins." I don't agree, but I can see why that critic said so.

Unless you've already done so and rejected the idea of playing him, *please*,
give him a listen.
Hugh D. Hyatt e-mail:
Bryn Athyn, PA 19009 web:

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be twenty-one,
I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
-- Mark Twain

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