Martin Goyette is first and foremost an extraordinary voice characterized by a song as powerful as it is scratchy. The singer seduces the audience with his raucous and enveloping “instrument” worthy of the great names of blues and jazz. Passionate about blues and jazz but also funk and soul, it is in these different styles that he propels his impulses. In addition to being an outstanding harmonica player with a distinct and well-pitched sound – like his voice
Born in the St-Henri district of Montreal, it was at the age of 18 that he started playing the harmonica, feeding on Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson of this world. In 1997, he thrilled the Quebec blues scene for the first time by winning the honors of the Valleyfield blues event in the Dirty blues band.
In 2002, he won the next generation prize at the Festiblues de Montréal at the head of the Riverside Blues group. A French tour ensued in 2003, including the opening act for Bob Walsh at the prestigious Blues sur Seine festival. The latter being hospitalized in emergency, Martin goes up on stage to open the ball in addition to replacing Mr. Walsh within his orchestra. After which a slew of first parts of the legendary bluesman on Quebec soil followed one another and Goyette was invited, on several occasions, to replace Guy Bélanger on the harmonica within the group.
Since then, Martin has been seen in several important events including the Belles et Blues hosted by Normand Brathwaite in 2004 and the Montreal Harmonica Festival with Carl Tremblay in 2005. He won 2nd place at the Toronto Blues Talents Search in 2006 and also performed in the Queen City in 2007 at the Toronto Blues Summit.
More recently, soul lovers have been able to hear it, accompanied by his Skinny Bones, on the occasion of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the opening of Bernard Adamus’ concert at the Sherblues Festival, at the Festival International de Blues de Tremblant or opening act for the prince of soul and funk, Lee Fields. TVA viewers were also able to see it on the popular program La Voix.
|Martin Goyette||Vocal / Harmonica|