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Jeffrey C Martin

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The Beatles, The Byrds, The Jayhawks, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, REM, Peter Paul and Mary, Mamas and the Papas, Neil Diamond, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Petty

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Tom Wilson, Michael Stipe, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot

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Songs by Jeffrey C Martin



Hamilton, ON

Level of Experience:



Country | Folk | Rock | Americana  | Indie Rock

I Write:

By myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns

Songs Recorded:

It's Thinking Time, Pretty, Blue Skies, Daddy Laughed, Dark Roads, Manhattan's Basement, Animal Fever, Are You Free On Sunday?, Why Oh Why, Seven Monkeys On My Back — 37 Days in Jamestown, Love Always Happens, Flowers for Peace, On Becoming Noam Chomsky, Just Like California, In Humanity We Trust, I'm the Happiest Man, Killing Me Killing You, Love Is Lost, Northern Rain, Left A Friend Behind, Solitary Man, Oh Banyarwanda – Sing Merry Christmas, Mr. Harper How?

Albums Released:

Unfinished Thoughts (and other stories from the songwriter's den) 2010; Love, War + Propaganda (2012)


HAMILTON MUSIC AWARDS: Nominated for best Folk/Roots Recording of the Year (2010 - Unfinished Thoughts); Nominated for Roots Recording of the Year (2012 - Love, War + Propaganda)

I am interested in:

Face to face Cowriting | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Professional writer, marketing/PR, researcher


Jeffrey C. Martin is a the singer-songwriter and lead vocalist for Hamilton-based folk-rock band, The Caretakers. With folk music at their roots and the cultural grit of a working-class-city upbringing, The Caretakers fuse rich Peter, Paul and Mary-style harmonies with REM-inspired melodies and swampy ‘70s southern rock grooves.

As the band's primary songwriter, Martin over the course of his career has gone from freelance writer to corporate writer to songwriter. A PR/marketing professional and college/university instructor by trade, he became disillusioned with the corporate world and began feeling contempt for what he describes as the “less-than-ethical mainstream public relations profession.” While Martin’s songwriting rips a page from the cold protest movements of the late ‘60s and ‘70s (evoking the dynamic tension between compassion and indifference), his songs are warmly wrapped in melody, metaphor and poetic prose. The Caretakers music speaks to your heart and mind. They are the real thing. Not packaged. Not young and shiny.

Even upon first listen, The Caretakers demos for this new record were a flurry of the familiar (The Poppy Family, Leonard Cohen, The Mamas and the Papas - Lou Reed rubbing shoulders with Dolly Parton), with a vibrant flair for the original, all of it filtered through two of the most unique and natural voices in modern popular music that I can think of. None of that idol-swagger or indie-rock caterwaul, but both possessing the honest delivery of a master raconteur. Lena’s soulful Zydeco holler from a time before microphones, and Jeff’s plaintive everyman croon, blend seamlessly and create it’s own voice, perfectly demonstrating the principle of yin and yang.

Not all of the songs are concerned with social issues, but many do touch on them...hard, while others side on the deeply personal (which are, after all, social issues under a microscope). Each song walked in with it it's own distinct attitude, and that's what I've tried to let it leave with.

Having grown up on 70's AM radio, where Lou and Dolly made perfect sense rubbing shoulders, Jeff, Lena and I can all appreciate diversity in sets of music. Sit back and flip through the channels of "Love war and Propaganda", courtesy the Caretakers.

Mike Trebilcock, producer
August 8th 2012

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