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5 Mile Bar Martin and Elizabeth joined forces in March 2002 - initially when Martin approached Elizabeth to sing a couple of songs at a singaround - but they have not looked back since.
 Although coming from quite different musical backgrounds it did not take long to realise that their respective styles and voices were both compatible and complementar
Their act is a blend of traditional songs and sensitive contemporary compositions, several of which have been written by Martin and, more recently by Elizabeth


 Elizabeth hails from Cudworth, a little ex-mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire (you might just detect a slight accent).
She started her musical career at the tender age of 7, singing solo children’s hymns at Cudworth Methodist Church. By the age of 14 she was singing with her sister Hazel or friend Sandra at various churches in the area, and also putting on concerts for pensioners.
At 17 she was encouraged by her mother to sing in the Working Men’s Clubs. However, after accompanying her mother to the local folk club at the ‘Fox and Hounds’ in Shafton, and, inspired by the passion and enthusiasm for traditional music displayed by the likes of Dave Oldroyd and Ken Hudson, she fell in love with folk music. She has been singing in folk clubs ever since.
At 21 she was encouraged by Derek Elliott to go to BBC Radio Sheffield, where folk programme presenter and performer, John Leonard, recorded and played a couple of her traditional songs.

Her time at Barnsley Folk Club during the late seventies and early eighties fuelled her passion for traditional folk music and she appeared at local venues supporting such acts as Vin Garbutt and The Watersons.
In the late eighties she moved to Norfolk and became a regular at the Norwich folk club at The Denmark Arms (where a young Damien Barber also regularly attended). Here she was given the chance to support Keith Marsden and Cockersdale.
For the last 20 or so years she has lived in Lincolnshire and she currently organises the guest list and is MC at Spalding folk club.

 Early influences were undoubtedly the local and national folk performers she encountered along the way. Vin Garbutt, Keith Marsden, Isla St Clair. Pat Ryan, Vera Aspey, Derek and Dorothy Elliott and Dave Burland are among those deserving special mention.


  Whilst away at college in Loughborough he was introduced to the intricacies of fingerstyle acoustic folk music when he overheard fellow students in his hall of residence. Won over by the songs of such artists as Peter, Paul & Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, Tim Hardin, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor he set out to practise their various techniques until, after a period of only thirty-five years, and during a period of mid-life crisis, he felt confident enough to inflict himself once more upon an unsuspecting public in July 2001.

  Other influences have been Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and, in more recent years, Richard Shindell, David Wilcox, Lucy Kaplansky, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and many others.

  Inspired by the array of song-writing talent at Spalding Folk Club he began writing his own songs in September 2001.

  If asked who was the most influential of the above the answer would undoubtedly be Gordon Lightfoot.

  He is treasurer of and a resident performer at Spalding Folk Club.

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