Martin returns to the Cooalngatta Hotel this weekend, this time in acoustic mode to perform the best of his catalogue with The Tea Party and solo offerings and new-found treasures from his other project, 777. The Canadian-born father of two, who was based in Perth and has previously called Montreal, Prague and even Egypt home, now lives in Byron Bay. ‘‘I’ve been here three and a half years now,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s brought serenity to my life. It’s had a very calming influence on things. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’ve got a studio now, in the middle of paradise. It’s quite a change for me compared with the places I’ve lived in the past.’’ Martin has just finished producing two records at his northern NSW studio – for Simon Morroco and Kimberley Dawn License. ‘‘I haven’t had time to work on anything of my own,’’ he says. ‘‘After this solo tour, I’ll become selfish. The Tea Party is about to take over my life. I’ll be using the studio to write a new Tea Party record, which is somewhat daunting but I’m looking forward to it.’’
Jefff Martin plays the Coolangatta Hotel on Saturday night.