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"Martin's tunes provide the perfect vehicle for his well crafted words… The effectiveness of his songs lie in their very simplicity."


Stringybark & Greenhide - Australia





"Superbly written songs…..Martin Curtis presents another alternative to the music of New Zealand - music that is unlikely to get any airplay on commercial radio stations, and yet thoroughly deserves to."


The Press - Christchurch, N.Z.





""Curtis finds the very essence of New Zealand."


The West Australian - Perth





"New Zealand is a beautiful land of bewildering contrasts. Drive through Christchurch and you could be in the heart of Southern England. Head south-west and you're in the Scottish glens, with Switzerland just next door and Norway a few miles beyond. One minute it's all so familiar, the next you're trying to read the stars in a totally strange sky and the moon is upside down…Martin Curtis's own songs embody this feeling of closeness and distance, of Europeans uprooted to seek a new life on the opposite side of the world. He sings of times past and present, from the days of the Gin & Raspberry mine to the battles of the Nineties. He has added hilarious bush poems and old New Zealand create a fascinating, captivating repertoire."


South Wales Echo - Cardiff, UK





"Martin Curtis sings the vocals in a pleasing true-toned voice. The music must be given high ranking."


Otago Daily Times - N.Z.





"Martin's songs fit into the scenery - his pieces are weathered and comfortable, sounding as though they have been around longer than they have. You find yourself humming these songs after just a couple of plays, and a day or two later curse the ones that won't go away."


Taplas - Cardiff, UK





"Priscilla Herdman presented excellent contemporary folk songs by Australian Eric Bogle, Canadian Stan Rogers and New Zealander Martin Curtis. These songs boast a classic folk simplicity and are easy enough to pick up so that most of the audience spontaneously joined in the choruses."


New York Times – USA