Martin Belmont (born 21 December 1948, in Bromley, Kent, England) is a rock ‘n’ roll and country-blues guitarist.
Martin Belmont’s long and varied career has found him playing with many outstanding artists.
After an initiation as roadie for Brinsley Schwartz, early in 1972 he formed Ducks Deluxe, issuing two albums on RCA, the self-titled DUCKS DELUXE and TAXI TO TERMINAL ZONE.
When ex Help Yourself members Sean Tyla and Ken Whaley joined up with Martin Belmont, Nick Garvey and Tim Roper, Ducks Deluxe were in at the start of the London pub rock scene of the seventies.
Ducks Deluxe celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2012. One of the first pub rock bands, Ducks Deluxe played basic American-style blues and boogie with remarkable panache.
They were hugely popular but their records sales did not compare with their live success.
“ Ducks Deluxe was the first band I was in ”
In 1975 he formed Graham Parker and the Rumour, with members of Brinsley Schwarz and were a highly successful band.
The Rumour debuted on vinyl with Graham Parker on the 1976 album ‘Howlin’ Wind’.
While continuing to work with Parker, The Rumour produced their own recordings, starting with the 1977 album ‘Max’.
“ Squeezing out Sparks’ got to Number 40 in the American charts “
Then he spent two years from 1980 as guitarist for Carlene Carter, followed by five years with Nick Lowe’s band, the Cowboy Outfit. With both of these bands Martin played alongside Paul Carrick.
Martin Belmont continued as an in-demand sideman across a wide spectrum of music, with both live and studio sessions for Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, Carl Perkins, Jona Lewie, John Hiatt, Desmond Decker and the great Johnny Cash.
More recently, Martin appears on and plays live alongside music by My Darling Clementine, Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys, The Cheyne Pride Band and The Johnny Nicky Band. And, right up-to-date 2013 sees Graham Parker & the Rumour undertake a tour of the UK and an appearance on Later… with Jools on BBC TV and plan to continue to gig across Europe, the UK and the USA. Ducks Deluxe will perform their final gig in December 2013.
GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR 2013:
“London. The Shepherds Bush Empire. Sold out. 2000 people. Unbelievable. We played great, the audience was fantastic – what an atmosphere!”
Martin plays a 1963 Fender Stratocaster, a 1963 Fender V1 (baritone), uses Rotosound Strings and Rickenbacker and Fender Amps.
Official website www.martinbelmont.com