Martin Callingham

We are chuffed to announce the release of Martin Callingham‘s debut solo album Tonight, We All Swim Free.

Recorded at Bristol’s legendary Toybox Studios, the album was co-produced by Ali Chant whose credits include Gruff Rhys, PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Seasick Steve and Yann Tiersen. The Joyce the Librarian singer/songwriter’s 2012 album ‘They May Put Land Between Us’ won critical acclaim and airplay from the likes of BBC6’s Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson as well as BBC Radio 1’s Phil & Alice Show along with some rather high praise from the world’s music press.

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Order the album from your local independent record store (distributed by Proper Music Distribution – Catalogue Number: f0120).

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Tonight, We All Swim Free has already received airplay from Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music as well as featured on BBC Bristol’s Introducing.


“This is really lovely album and I have no reservations about that.”
– Dai Jeffries,

” Superb Autumnal fare, its gilded arrangement is perfect for long country walks, crushing leaves as you go.”

“Portland Square is a beautiful number…a dark, Dickensian ode that resonates with the sombre mood of an English winter spent in yearning. The pièce-de-résistance has to be the spine-tingling finalé, as huge harmonies rise from the depths of a sparse skin-and-bones track to reach out and envelop the listener in a sinister crescendo. Staggering.”
– GLASSWERK – Portland Square was featured as TRACK OF THE DAY

“Portland Square is a warning to prepare for an Alt-Folk revitalization and the only thing you can do is embrace it” 8/10

“…tonight’s gig feels like a glimpse into the soul of Callingham’s material and everybody in attendance leaves feeling lucky to have been part of such a special evening.”
– SONGWRITING MAGAZINE (Review of pre-release warm-up show)

“Littered with uplifting riffs and gently driving rhythms encouraged by bass, drums and guitars, this album is a shrewd selection of polyphonic musings.”

“English alt folk singer songwriter Martin Callingham melts me into a puddle with his stringy, pastoral ballad Knots.”

Martin Callingham: “It feels odd to put this out under my own name. Partly because it’s comfortable to separate your musical self from other aspects of life; it feels sort of like coming out in some way. But also because there have been more people involved in the making of this album than last time around. Some who I’ve played with for a few years now, but also great talents like Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good) and Anna Kissell who I’ve met since the release of the Joyce the Librarian record.”

After a somewhat nomadic childhood and spells in Herefordshire, Birmingham and London, Martin now calls Bristol home. The album, written between a short solo tour of Italy last December and the first studio sessions in April is a collection of acutely melodic and affectingly personal songs, interspersed with the occasional instrumental interlude, field recording and heartening slice of lo-fi pop. The arrangements are sparse in places, lush and expansive elsewhere, with Martin’s delicate guitar and soothing vocal at their core.

‘Tonight, We All Swim Free’ is a record of refreshingly consistent superlative songs guaranteed to vie for space in your best albums of 2015 and quite possibly your best of all time!

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