Toby Martin

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Toby Martin
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Background information
Birth nameToby Martin
Born (1975-08-05) 5 August 1975 (age 43)
Melbourne, Australia
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, academic, lecturer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1996–present
Associated actsYouth Group

Toby Martin (born 5 August 1975), is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, academic, and lecturer at University of Huddersfield UK.[1] Martin is the grandson of Hungarian-born Australian poet David Martin and has a PhD in the history of Australian music from the University of Sydney.[2] After fronting Sydney-based band Youth Group from 1996 to 2009, Martin developed his solo career, releasing his first album, Love's Shadow in 2012.

Martin's PhD thesis, published in 2012, is titled "Yodelling boundary riders : country music in Australia, 1936–2010".[3]

In 2017, Martin released his second solo album, entitled Songs from Northam Avenue. The album was written in Bankstown, and features musical accompaniment by several locals to the area.

Early life and career[edit]

Martin was born in Melbourne and grew up in the Frankston area. At 15, he moved to Canberra attending school at Narrabundah College with Cameron Emerson-Elliott, (a future co-member of the band Youth Group), where they wrote songs together as The Morris Brothers.[4] Martin moved to Sydney some years later. (Not to be confused with a different Toby Martin, from Adelaide, who was in the band Poxsii Barccs, with Andy Strachan, Gary Hopper and Paul Inglis, which played around Melbourne.) In 1996 he formed Youth Group and the band later achieved success with their cover version of "Forever Young" by Alphaville which made no 1 on Australian record charts.[5]

Academic career[edit]

Martin is currently a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, where he teaches songwriting, performance, musicology and world music to music students. As a songwriter and performer, his research includes practice-based approaches, including the paper Making Music in Bankstown: Responding to Place Through Song,[6] in an IASPM Journal special issue focused on practice-based popular music research.

Touring[edit]

With Youth Group, Martin has toured extensively in Australia, as well as the US, Canada and UK. In 2012, he toured solo down Australia's East Coast supporting Seeker Lover Keeper. Following the release of Songs from Northam Avenue, he has performed solo in the UK and Australia since 2017.

Awards[edit]

Martin's band Youth Group were nominated for four Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards in 2006.

Discography[edit]

Solo
  • Love's Shadow (2012)
  • Songs from Northam Avenue (2017)
with Youth Group

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toby Martin — University of Huddersfield Research Portal". Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ Buck, Robbie. "The Inside Sleeve: Youth Group's Toby Martin talking early Australian country". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Sydney eScholarship Repository". University of Sydney. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ Martin, Toby. "About". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  5. ^ Murfett, Andrew (5 Aug 2008). "Young Love". Fairfax. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  6. ^ Martin, Toby (2017). "Making Music in Bankstown: Responding to Place Through Song". IASPM Journal. 7 (2): 22–31. Retrieved 15 November 2018.

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