Updated: Friday, 3rd July 2020 @ 7:20am

Preview: Laura J Martin @ Dulcimer, Chorlton – January 22

Preview: Laura J Martin @ Dulcimer, Chorlton – January 22

By James McLaughlin

Liverpudlian folk musician Laura J Martin promises a 'bloody good time' at her upcoming concert in Chorlton on Sunday night.

Accomplished flautist and pianist Martin opens her debut UK tour on Thursday before gracing the Dulcimer, Wilbraham Road on 22 January.

Having previously played at the Deaf Institute,Grosvenor Street, Martin has fond memories of playing in Manchester.

Martin said: “I played there on Valentine's Day once and the audience were great, so attentive. I've always had a really warm reception when playing in Manchester and it's a great venue.”

Martin promised that punters on her tour are in for a treat and that there will be some 'killer dance moves' on display with her live performances varying from her recorded tracks.

The vivacious Martin's debut album The Hangman Tree is released the day after her Chorlton appearance her beloved piano featuring heavily alongside her flute, mandolin and percussion instruments.

Martin said: “Piano and flute are my main instruments. Mandolin's a kind of extra instrument. My love of the piano comes from my pianist Granddad.”

A number of her tracks have an oriental undertone including Firehorse, a track based on a Japanese arsonist.

The inspiration for the track came about after an unpleasant experience Martin suffered while living in Japan and was victim of an arson attack herself.

She said: “Shortly after my flat was attacked, there was another one nearby, and then another one. I looked into it and it turned out it was the anniversary of a legendary female Japanese arsonist's execution and the song's about her.”

Although Martin confesses an admiration for Japanese culture she says she doesn't consciously add an oriental sound to her music.

Martin said: “My flute is actually Japanese and it’s an instrument that just lends itself naturally to the oriental sound.

“I think if my arrangements were played on another instrument, there wouldn't be that oriental feel.”

She has her sights set high describing Tony Bennett as the artist she’d most like to work with describing the legendary singer as having 'the voice of an angel.'

Sunday’s concert starts at 7pm and is advance tickets are available for £4 from http://www.stubmatic.com/TheIIFestival with tickets costing £5 on the door.

Laura J Martin - The Hangman Tree