Jeff Martin, a guitar and a night at the Red Dog
Tea Party frontman is back in Canada on a solo tour
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.
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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.”
Jeff Martin of the Tea Party brings his solo show to Peterborough's Red Dog on Tuesday.