Jeff Martin, a gui­tar and a night at the Red Dog

Tea Party front­man is back in Canada on a solo tour

The Peterborough Examiner - - ARTS & LIFE - KENNEDY GOR­DON EX­AM­INER MANAG­ING EDI­TOR

There’s new Tea Party mu­sic in the can, a suc­cess­ful fundraiser un­der his belt and gui­tars packed and ready to go as Jeff Martin sets out on his lat­est solo tour of his home­land.

Martin plays solo at the Red Dog on Tues­day night.

“It’s prob­a­bly one of the last times I’ll be able to the solo thing for a while,” Martin says from Van­cou­ver. “When I’m here (in Canada), the Tea Party fill up most of my time.”

That’s been the case this fall, with the Cana­dian trio, which in­cludes drum­mer Jeff Bur­roughs and bassist Stu­art Chat­wood, head­ing into the stu­dio to record an EP of new songs, a fol­lowup to 2018’s “Black River.”

There’s no time­line for the re­lease of this lat­est record­ing. Martin says the band likes to have mu­sic in the can for later re­lease, con­sid­er­ing the dif­fi­culty in get­ting all three mem­bers onto the same con­ti­nent at the same time.

The band formed in Wind­sor around 1990 and hit big with early al­bums like “Splen­dor So­lis,”

“The Edges of Twi­light” and “Trip­tych,” with hit sin­gles in­clud­ing “Heaven Com­ing Down,” “Temp­ta­tion” and “The River.”

There was a breakup in 2005, a re­union in 2011 and steady, if in­ter­mit­tent, work to­gether since.

“We all live in very dif­fer­ent parts of the world now,” he says.

Martin, who has lived and worked in Aus­tralia for years, came back to Canada to per­form with the Tea Party for a fundraiser called Strike a Chord , held Oct. 17 for Mu­sic Heals at the Com­modore Ball­room in Van­cou­ver. With that done and the EP tracks recorded, he’s set­ting out on tour.

Tick­ets to see Jeff Martin are $20 and are avail­able at https:// www.tick­etscene.ca/venues/1137/

The au­di­ences who come for his solo shows and Tea Party con­certs are a real mix, he says.

There are older fans — peo­ple who grew up on clas­sic rock and fell for the Tea Party’s early-’90s cel­e­bra­tion of vin­tage mu­sic, newer fans who em­braced Martin’s pas­sion for world mu­sic, and now even young peo­ple who are dis­cov­er­ing the group’s cat­a­logue and new mu­sic.

It’s that ex­plo­ration of new sounds, com­bined with clas­sic gui­tar-driven rock, that keep his song­writ­ing fresh, Martin says. Add to that the multi-in­stru­men­tal skills he shares with his band­mates (each plays a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments from around the world) and the mu­sic is al­ways mov­ing for­ward.

“I’m al­ways game, al­ways lis­ten­ing to new mu­sic from dif­fer­ent parts of the world. It’s in­ex­haustible. There are so many melodies, so many rhythms, so many new sounds to dis­cover.”

He’s done some solo in­stru­men­tal work for an art ex­hibit and has fin­ished a score for a film project he can’t say much more about, and that’s been in­ter­est­ing.

“Not hav­ing to cre­ate that re­la­tion­ship be­tween mu­sic and lyrics, not hav­ing to find that po­etry and all that, is in­ter­est­ing,” he says.

“You’re cre­at­ing a new mu­si­cal land­scape. It opens up the imag­i­na­tion, that’s for sure.”

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

Jeff Martin of the Tea Party brings his solo show to Peterborou­gh's Red Dog on Tues­day.

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