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'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.