Welwyn Garden City musicians need more rockers to join their charity recording efforts

PUBLISHED: 11:45 24 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 24 September 2017

Mike Glass joined forces with Martin Norman to write and record instrumental rock. Photo: supplied by Mike Glass

Mike Glass joined forces with Martin Norman to write and record instrumental rock. Photo: supplied by Mike Glass

Mike Glass

Two Welwyn Garden City musicians are on the lookout for new troubadours to join their charity-focused band.

Martin Norman with two of his guitars. Photo: Martin NormanMartin Norman with two of his guitars. Photo: Martin Norman

Martin Norman and Mike Glass started jamming in Martin’s “Aladdin’s cave” of a recording studio after Mike saw Martin’s appeal for musicians to work with in the WHT last year.

Martin, 50, told the WHT today: “We’ve become very good friends as a result of the music.”

Now the pair have an album’s worth of instrumental rock material and need a singer and a drummer to help them perform and record in aid of charities such as Scope, the British Heart Foundation and Mind, as well as causes like the NHS.

One song, written by Mike, talks about the tragedies of the First World War, and they want to record a version to sell in time for November’s Poppy Appeal and in memory of the 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres.

One of Martin's proudest moments was meeting Jimmy Page. Photo: supplied by Martin NormanOne of Martin's proudest moments was meeting Jimmy Page. Photo: supplied by Martin Norman

They also want to organise local gigs to raise money for causes close to their hearts.

Martin, who lives in Newfields, said the time commitment would be once a fortnight start with, and that he wants to ensure everybody gets to enjoy themselves creatively.

“It’s about collaboration,” he said. “The material is totally open to question. We’ve obviously got a serious agenda in the music that we want to create, but it’s a fun process - it has to be.”

Martin describes their style as “inspiring and upbeat music.”

Martin says Martin says "We’ve obviously got a serious agenda in the music that we want to create, but it’s a fun process - it has to be.” Photo: Martin Norman

Mike, who lives near the old QE2 hospital and has gigged professionally, loves anyone from the Shadows to Iron Maiden, while Martin is a lifelong Led Zeppelin fan - and even met Jimmy Page.

Martin was inspired to turn his musical talents to good causes after he had to medically retire in 2012 due to a deformed disc in his back.

Grateful for the NHS care that has helped relieve the ongoing pain and emotional impact, he told the WHT: “I had to learn to live with it. I had a lot of counselling for it, which is where my passion for helping anyone with mental health issues and disability is quite strong.

“Despite the pain, despite having to take morphine every day, I have a great life. If I can help even just one person, that’s great.”

Musician Martin NormanMusician Martin Norman

If you think you could be the next member of the four-piece band - which has not yet been named - Martin encourages you to grab your drumsticks or warm up your vocal cords and get in touch at martin_norman@hotmail.co.uk.

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