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Brothers Ben Martyn and Emile Martyn spent their formative years living in New Orleans surrounded by world class musicians from the New Orleans music world. Emile spent 10 years living and working in New Orleans with some of the top musicians in the world in this line of music. He’d been playing on Bourbon St with his Godfather Harold Dejan and also been working with Fats Domino’s side men when they weren’t on the road. He often played, and still does, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival.
While riding to work across a Swiss mountain on a snowcat with trumpeter Paul Bonner who he’d just met. Paul said he wanted to form a band in London playing contemporary New Orleans style music. A month later the band was born. Emile persuaded his brother Ben to join on vocals and bass. Ben came more from the rhythm ‘n’ blues side of town and had been working with his own band as guitarist, pianist and singer both in the U.S and in London. Emile knew if he could get him to write some songs that kept that rhythms of New Orleans and blended them with some fresh melodies and lyrics that they’d be onto something. The collective idea, between the three of them, was to stay close to the roots of New Orleans music, both old and new, and combine it with the sounds and experiences of living back in London.
The band, collectively or with other projects, play such events as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, London’s Camden Roundhouse, private functions for the queen, the list goes on. The band are now based in London but play all over the world.
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