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Former FiddleBopper: Martin Crowder

Martin Crowder played in the first version of FiddleBop, which disbanded in December 2017. Read the writeup below to learn about Martin's role in FiddleBop-that-was...

Martin Crowder joined FiddleBop in 2011. And what a find!

Martin, looking cool with his guitar Martin Crowder playing his guitar

Martin's speciality is music from the Great American Songbook genre, but he can turn his hand to almost any style. He started playing guitar whilst a mere sprog (that means "youth" or "stripling", in case you didn't know) then at college in various pop/blues/jazz groups. He continued for many years afterwards, and played in venues throughout the UK as a duo with his wife Pat. A chance encounter with Dave and Jo at a local jazz jam led to Martin (after some contractual wrangling) joining FiddleBop.

Martin plays steel-string acoustic guitar with FiddleBop, and also plays banjo and sings. All that musical experience shows: his style is confident and mature, but still he continues to explore new musical frontiers. Martin's smooth-but-fiery guitar licks, soaring over FiddleBop's smoking rhythms, are now a major part of the band's unique sound. Listen out for Martin and Dave alternating solos, each trying to outdo the other!

And while no-one in FiddleBop is po-faced and overly serious (for long, anyway), Martin is our stand-out, humour-wise. His store of jokes approaches the epic and legendary. Indeed, Martin's sense of humour is irrepressible, even in his guitar playing. He delights in on-the-fly and off-the-wall musical quotes. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in "Lambeth Walk", anyone?

FiddleBop keeps Martin busy, but he also does solo gigs under the name of Pasadena Swing.

Jazz with Gypsy zing!