One of the nation’s original sweethearts, Martine McCutcheon, performs live at Greenwich Winter Time Festival.
Sat 2 Dec, Sun 3 Dec - Evening
After way too long, can it really be 17 years, Martine returns with a brand new album, ‘Lost and Found’. And it’s lovely to have her back.
Now 41, happily married, mother of a 2 year old, the time felt right to return to the studio. Armed with songs co-written with her husband the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jack McManus, the single ’Say I’m Not Alone’ and a cover of ‘Every Breath You Take’, Martine has never sounded better.
The first taste taken from the album is the anthemic lead track ‘Say I’m Not Alone’, a song like nothing Martine has ever recorded before; big, bold, brash, merging clanging guitars, thumping drums and a hard hitting lyric. Other album highlights include the rocky ‘Any Sign Of Life’, the beautiful ‘Stay With Me’ (which is a duet with Jack) and album closer ‘Rebellion’.
The album is a deeply personal record that deals with everything from relationships to Martine’s debilitating illness that saw her unable to work. “Life brought this album about very gradually,” explains Martine. “It was a really unconscious thing; I started writing the songs at a time in my life when I’d lost everything.
“It took a chance performance at a charity concert that brought her back to her first love, music. “I hadn’t sung at all, even at home, for so long. I just found it too painful,’ says Martine. “I’m always so nervous no matter what I do, but I went on and sang some songs with Jack and came off euphoric.”
Appearances at Cornbury Festival and the Proms in the Park soon followed before renowned lyricist Don Black got in touch and asked if Martine would do a tour celebrating his life in songs (he wrote lyrics for three Bond themes and three Lloyd Webber musicals). From there manager Nick Stewart became involved and she soon signed to BMG.
Having first found fame as Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders, Martine released her platinum-selling debut solo album ‘You, Me & Us’in1999 which contained the Number 1 single ‘Perfect Moment’. In2000 Martine released her second album ‘Wishing’ before releasing ‘Musicality’in2002. A year later, Martine memorably played Natalie in ‘Love Actually’ before reprising the role for a one-off Comic Relief special earlier this year.
Artists will not appear at every session and are subject to change.
Performance dates and times will be confirmed nearer the time.
This is a free event when a general entry ticket has been purchased.
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