"It’s going to be a very unique night of music and storytelling": Barrett Martin lines up UK tour with Duke Garwood to celebrate the release of his new Screaming Trees memoir

Barrett Martin
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Former Screaming Trees and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin is pairing up with London singer/songwriter Barrett Martin for a short run of UK shows to celebrate the release of his memoir The Screaming Trees, The Greatest Band That Wasn’t.

Subtitled The Story Of The Roughest,Toughest, Most Hell-Raising Band To Ever Come Out Of The Pacific Northwest, and described as "like a Greek comedy or tragedy, depending on your viewpoint", Martin's recollections of his time with the notoriously fractious Screaming Trees was published by Sunyata Books in November last year. Now the drummer will be sharing stories from the book, and performing songs by his former band alongside Garwood on what he promises will be "a very unique night of music and storytelling."

Elaborating upon what's in store for those attending the May dates, Martin reveals "Duke and I will open with a set of music from his songs, some Screaming Trees songs, and some Mark Lanegan songs. I’ll be playing upright bass and vibes with Duke. Then I’ll do my one man show with storytelling from my books, film clips from my VEVO world music series, and I’ll also be playing a variety of instruments as part of the soundtrack to the films."

The duo will perform at: 

May 03: London Bush Hall
May 04: Bristol Lantern Hall
May 05: Nottingham Metronome
May 07: Manchester Band On The Wall

Tickets for the shows are available here.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.