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Lindsay Martell at Simonholt

November 18, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Lindsay was raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East Coast, well known for being steeped in a rich Celtic and Folk musical heritage. There he learned early in life, the power of the voice, a good song, and the ability to present it. House parties with song circles filled with acoustic music instruments, lively voices in harmony, song and stories and laughter, were a common occurrence in formative teen age years and they left a lasting impression on him. In the 60’s and 70’s homes of course there was also the constant blare of an am radio providing a pop and country soundtrack to be sung along to, beside the gospel occurring next door.

After finishing high school in Cape Breton, Lindsay spent two years in university in Ottawa Canada. Having been bitten by the music bug, his time in Ottawa was mostly spent playing guitar, singing songs and trying to get gigs in local coffee houses in Ottawa with his like minded guitar playing, university friend in an acoustic duo. He then left university and headed west to Calgary Albera in the early ’80’s. It was there that he auditioned for and got his first spot in a touring band called “Diamondback” in 1984 and hit the road playing country rock.  In 1986 he joined “The Walkers,” a cover band, as a lead singer and rhythm guitar player travelling the western provinces playing rock and roll, country and blues.  Touring constantly around Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC, the band performed in clubs and pubs on the circuit in the ’80’s, and he’s been on the road, entertaining audiences ever since.

Lindsay moved to Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island BC, Canada in 1988 to attend VIU (formerly Malaspina College) and studied in the 2 year Jazz Music Diploma program.

In ’88 in Nanaimo, Lindsay started playing with some of his college music classmates in a band in order to practice their craft while earning a few dollars to help finance their education, and “Rubber Soul” was born. The core of Rubber Soul remains to this day. Founding members Lindsay Martell on guitar and vocals, Joel Spillette on keyboards and vocals and Brock Miller on tenor sax and vocals are augmented by longtime Rubber Soul alumni Colin Perry on baritone sax and vocals, Todd Sacerty on bass and Phil Wipper on drums. After a long hiatus while Lindsay lived abroad, the band is back performing again, for special occasions, as energetic and funky as ever.

1996 Lindsay released “Moris”

Moris is the name of the band and of the one and only cd released by the group. It contained a collection of songs Lindsay had written between ’93-’95, along with one cover of a song written by fellow Canadian and friend of the band, Sarah Harmer, who also made a guest appearance on the song. Canadian Acoustic Slide Guitar icon Ken Hamm also made a guest appearance, as did Kate Fenner (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir) Moris is: Lindsay Martell vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Jason Euringer acoustic and electric guitars and vocals, Todd Sacerty bass, and Bob Wilson on drums.

Moris won top awards at radio Q100’s Rocktoria Contest in Victoria, and C-Fox’s Band Search in Vancouver in 1997, was featured on MuchWest Music TV, KISM FM in Bellingham Washington’s Locals Only Program, and they played hard every night and made many friends in their short existence. And they left behind a small treasure in the Moris album.

In 1996 Lindsay started and hosted a weekly evening of live original music at the Queen’s Hotel in Nanaimo which gave a platform for performance and promotion of unsigned original talent from Vancouver Island. The show called Locally Grown ran successfully for almost 3 years.

Lindsay was a founding member of the disco revival band “Wunderbread,” from Nanaimo, BC,  playing guitar and singing with them for 3 years from 1996 – 1999. in colourful bell bottoms and polyester, the disco funk party that still is Wunderbread, rolls on.

Between 1999 and 2005 Lindsay was on the road, the sea or in the air often as his 4 pc band toured the globe. Stages on cruise ships, in major hotels and festivals and corporate parties or local pubs were his home as he entertained audiences internationally.

In 2005 Lindsay released “r_evolution” The cd is a collection of some of Lindsay’s heartfelt songs recorded in two different studios during his travels, between 1999 and 2005, when he first started entertaining on cruise ships and traveling to play gigs in Warsaw Poland. Half of the songs on r_evolution were recorded with Bob Benson in Victoria BC, and the others recorded with Chris Aiken in Warsaw Poland co-producing.

After spending more time in Warsaw than in Vancouver during a two year period from 2005-06, in 2007 Lindsay left Vancouver and moved to Warsaw, Poland. He had been playing Warsaw since 1999 and had established a great network in the local music scene there. From 2006, he had been playing an acoustic gig at a local pub, Warsaw Tortilla Factory, but after he moved to Warsaw he undertook a long residency, entertaining the locals with legendary, energetic solo performances, two nights per week for almost 4 years and then weekly or monthly until 2014.

Between 2005-2007 Lindsay recorded another group of his songs with longtime musical collaborator and producer, Chris Aiken, at Chris’ studio in Warsaw. The album was shelved in 2007, but was very recently rescued from the vault, re-mixed and mastered by Chris Aiken and “All This Time” was finally released in September of 2016.

Lindsay released another collection of his songs titled “Trouble In Paradise” in 2011. These songs were mostly recorded in the living room of his studio apartment, while living in Warsaw Poland. They were finished and mixed by producer Ferid Lakhdar, another musical friend and collaborator with whom Lindsay worked often while in Warsaw.

Along with the countless solo performances while in Warsaw, Lindsay was also very busy playing many high profile gigs with his bands The Barflys, Dirty Martini and the Lindsay Martell Band. He also worked as a studio session singer and guitar player, guitar instructor, and vocal coach, and collaborated with many other local artists, both in the studio and for live performances in clubs, at festivals, and on Polish radio and TV.

In 2015 Lindsay and his family returned home to settle on the west coast of Canada and now lives in North Vancouver . There he continues to write and record his songs, play solo acoustic gigs, as well as with his Band, and occasionally with the 6 pc funk soul  Rubber Soul Reunions. He also teaches/coaches guitar, voice, and songwriting from his own home studio where he also does commercial voice-over work. And he still travels back to Warsaw Poland regularly to play music concerts and events, and of course to visit family and friends.


November 18, 2016
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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SIMONHOLT Food, Drink & Live Music Restaurant
6582 Applecross Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9V 0A4 Canada
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