Biking bluesman's Biome bash
Acclaimed blues musician Martin Harley will be playing a show at the Eden Project on September 19 as the finale of a nationwide pedal-powered tour.
Once he reaches Eden, Martin will have ridden his bike – with guitar strapped to the back – 1,200 miles in 31 days and played 27 shows, the first of which was in Newcastle.
His final gig of the tour - dubbed Blues Gone Green - will be played in the shadow of the world-famous Biomes through a solar-powered sound system between 3pm and 4pm.
Martin has been cycling along the National Cycle Network, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary on September 11. The network is the flagship project of the sustainable transport charity Sustrans and it now extends more than 12,600 miles and passes within one mile of more than half the population of the UK.
Martin’s music has already taken him on some record-breaking adventures. In 2005 he broke the record for the world’s highest ever gig above Mount Everest base camp, at a staggering 5,545m above sea level.
In 2007, in search of the roots of blues music, he motorcycled across Mali in Africa, meeting traditional musicians with whom to improvise music.
Frontman of the blues trio The Martin Harley Band, Martin is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter with a passion for obscure instruments. The band’s latest album, Drumrolls for Somersaults, was released earlier this year.
Amie Rey, Eden’s Arts Project Manager, said: “We can’t wait to see Martin play at Eden. He’s a brilliant musician and this tour is a great embodiment of what Eden’s arts programme is trying to accomplish.
“By choosing to cycle the entire way round his UK tour, Martin is demonstrating that we all have the power to make positive decisions about our own environmental impact.”
Admission to the show will be included in the standard ticket price and cyclists are – as always – given discounted entry.
For further information on the National Cycle Network and for mapping, go to www.sustrans.org.uk.