Martyn Popey
Jazz Guitar and Bass
and Photos
Martyn Popey began playing guitar in his teens. The discovery of 1950s rock 'n' roll and rockabilly had a profound impact on his young ears. He couldn't get enough of the playing of Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, James Burton and the like. He learned solos by ear and was soon gigging most weekends in a local rock 'n' roll band.
Pandora's Cowboys
Clive Osborn and the Clearnotes
Through jump jive and swing, Martyn became intrigued with jazz, and especially jazz guitar. He decided to pursue a music career and began his education at Southeast Derbyshire College, studying both guitar and upright bass.
From Derbyshire, Martyn went on to Trinity College of Music in London where he studied jazz guitar with Dave Cliff, classical bass with John Bakewell, and jazz bass with Simon Woolf.
His life took an unexpected turn whe he was traveling on the EuroStar from a gig in Paris. On that early morning trip, Martyn met his future wife, crime novelist Gae-Lynn Woods. They married a year later and lived in London for seven years, and then relocated to East Texas, where they now live on a ranch.
Martyn has always worked as a freelance musician, playing in bands ranging from acoustic rock to doo-wop. He toured the UK and Europe regularly, performing at live venues, on TV, and in recording sessions. He also had a resident jazz trio at The Notting Hill Brasserie in Notting Hill, London.
Three Cats and a Fiddle
Since moving to East Texas Martyn has been very active in the local music scene. he plays guitar with the big band "the sounds of swing". he regularly plays both guitar and bass as a side man with local jazz musicians and runs his own Trio. Martyn also plays bass with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra, and regularly plays at various churches in the area.