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Belfast’s Dom Martin announces new album “A Savage Life” and new single “12 Gauge”

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Now and again, you stumble across a rare talent of such sheer genius that  you wonder whether what you have witnessed can possibly be for real. Dom Martin is one such talent’ – Blues in Britain

Multi-award winning and multi-nominated Northern Irish blues guitarist Dom Martin will release his highly anticipated sophomore studio album “A Savage Life” on Friday 8 April 2022. The album is available to pre-order from www.dommart.in/pre-order

“12 Gauge,” the first single taken from the new album, will be released Friday 28 January and will be available to stream and download from www.dommart.in/music-video

Hailed by many as the blues’ biggest Irish export since the iconic guitarist Rory Gallagher, 2022 looks like it’s going to be ripe for the picking for Dom Martin.

This year (May 6th-9th 2022), Dom is the UK representative at “The International Blues Challenge” in Memphis. 

In 2021 he won the “Acoustic Blues Act of The Year” at the UK Blues Awards, as well as nominated for “Blues Instrumentalist of The Year” and “Emerging Artist of The Year.” In 2020, Dom won the prestigious “Acoustic Blues Act of The Year” at the UK Blues Awards

Dom will embark on an extensive autumn headline UK tour to promote the new album, which will also include festival performances.

Produced by Grammy Nominated Chris O’Brien“A Savage Life” was recorded in Belfast and Dublin during the second half of 2021. The new album features all songs arranged by Dom (guitar and vocals), with stellar musicianship from Dave Thompson (bass guitar) and Laurence McKeown (drums). 

“So, this is the dreaded second studio album,” says Dom. “In some respects, the new album is like my 2019 debut album “Spain to Italy,” but still very different,” says Dom. “It’s a mixture of acoustic solo and electric just like the first one, however, on this new one, I really wanted to keep this album under-produced so I can reproduce the tracks in a live setting. Similarly, to the Spain to Italy album, the tracks on A Savage Life are mostly based on my own life experiences.”

“I seldom like listening to my own work, but I am proud of what I’ve done on the new album. I think I’ve got that under-produced sound I wanted. Many of the tracks were just one take and that’s the way I like it.”

“A Savage Life is another part of my life story and is also, in a small part, in memory of a great friend who passed away in 2021. It’s my blues, it’s real and I have to live with it!” 


3. BLUES ON THE BAY (2:47)
5. 12 GAUGE (2:21)
6. ECHOES (4:16)
8. ADDICT (3:27)
10. THE PARTING GLASS (3:25) (Trad. Arr)

All Songs arranged by Dom Martin

Dom Martin – Vocals, Guitar
Dave Thompson – Bass Guitar
Laurence McKeown – Drums
Recorded in Belfast and Dublin
Mixed and produced by Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy at The Production Suite, Dublin, Ireland
Mastered by Richard Dowling at WAV Mastering, Limerick, Ireland
Album Artwork – Magic Cabin Studios
Photography – Jim Heal

The new album can be pre-ordered from – https://www.dommart.in/pre-order  //  Stream a snippet of the “12 Gauge” single HERE

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