About Us

Since 1985, the band has built on its reputation for quality music, and has played at many venues.  Over the years the band has featured in many local and national television and radio programmes, in addition to numerous appearances at regional jazz events.  Through these the Martello have experienced many exciting encounters with celebrated international musicians who have "sat in" with the band.  These have included Humphrey Lyttleton and Helen Shapeiro, George Melly with John Chiltern and the Feetwarmers, and the legendary trumpet player Kenny Baker. 

The band continues to excite crowds of jazz fans old and new alike with their exuberant onstage performances at private and public functions both in Northern Ireland and further afield.  They have appeared in festivals in Italy and Belgium, and in 2007 took part in the EuroJazz Festival in Paris.

Regular venues nearer home include the famous Market Place Theatre in  Armagh and the busy St George’s Market in Belfast.  They are also a popular choice to provide entertainment for guests at wedding receptions.

 There is no doubt about it.  If hard-driving, foot-tapping music is your scene, then this is the band for you!  But remember, hearing is believing, so catch the band at some of their venues and be prepared for an aural experience!

 

          

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