Comedian Steve Martin had the opportunity on Tuesday night (11/10) to demonstrate to a British audience that he is a serious musician, and according to Wednesday’s review of his performance in the Guardian national newspaper he succeeded.
Martin was on British TV (BBC2) on Tuesday night also. He performed on Later Live, and will be on Later…with Jools Holland on Friday (13th) at 11.35 p.m. Video from that appearance will be available online.
Here is a taste of the Guardian review…
Dressed in a grey suit and tie, with his white hair and glasses, Martin looked like a doctor who was about to make an unpleasant prognosis. But instead he began with a barrage of self-deprecating jokes. Once he started playing, it became clear that he could hold his own against his impressive acoustic band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, both through his mastery of the claw-hammer banjo style, and – perhaps more surprisingly – his ability to write strong and varied material influenced by anyone from Scruggs to Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass.
The full review can be found on the broadsheet’s web site.