Martin Grosswendt

Country blues, bottleneck and finger-busting guitar, offered up with powerful voice, deep soul and wry humor

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Teaching Hours at the Music Emporium

Martin teaches at the Music Emporium on Thursdays.

Music Camps Summer 2017

Martin has a busy teaching schedule this coming summer, at home and abroad!

Roots Music Distance Learning

Martin teaches private students in the States and internationally via FaceTime and Skype.

Martin & Susanne

American Roots, Early Blues, Old Time, Honky Tonk

About

Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add in stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. As one reviewer says, “Martin and Susanne make beautiful music together.”

Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music. He started his career recording with and accompanying legendary folk musicians such as U Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. Susanne is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene.  A life-long singer, she slips seamlessly into any genre, making it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they embrace a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky-tonk. At the same time, they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit.

Martin and Susanne played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a rockin’ honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo two years ago. Their performances have delighted audiences from Maine to Georgia.  Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.

“Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together. Martin is one of roots music’s best kept secrets, while Salem-Schatz complements Grosswendt’s stunning, understated instrumental work and soulful singing with rock solid rhythm, distinctive harmonies and powerful lead vocals. Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way that’s all their own. If they come your way, don’t miss them.”
– Andy Wallace, former Program Director, National Folk Festival; Associate Director, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts; Program Coordinator, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Audio & Video

Calendar

April 14, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmFolklore Society of Greater Washington @ Archie Edwards Blues Barbershopwith Susanne Salem-Schatz4701 Queensbury Rd
Riverdale, MD, 20737
Email for reservations:
Tickets are $20/public and $10/FSGW members
April 15, 201710:30 am  to 12:30 pmBlues Guitar Workshop with Martin Grosswendtwith Susanne Salem-Schatz4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737$30 Workshop Fee
Pre-register at
April 15, 20177:30 pm  to 10:00 pmDelaware Friends of Folkwith Susanne Salem-SchatzBennett Chapel at Wesley College, Corner of DIvision and N. Bradford St., Dover, DE
April 22, 20178:00 pm  to 10:30 pmJalopywith Susanne Salem-SchatzJalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States
Co-bill with Stephanie Jenkins
May 12, 20178:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concert Sebastapol, CAwith Susanne Salem-SchatzEmail Jon Berger and Kalia Kliban for Reservations and Details:
May 13, 20177:30 pm  to 10:00 pmHouse Concert in Berkeley, CAwith Susanne Salem-Schatz20 to 35++ dollar sliding scale donation
Reservations & details: email Audrey & Milton
May 17, 20177:30 am  to 9:30 amHouse Concert Mountain View, CAwith Susanne Salem-SchatzEmail for details and reservations.
May 18, 20177:00 pm  to 8:00 pmHaggin Museumwith Susanne Salem-Schatz1201 N. Pershing Ave Stockton, CA
May 19, 20178:00 pm  to 10:30 pmSchoenberg Guitarswith Susanne Salem-Schatz106 Main Street, Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

May 20, 20171:15 pm  to 2:15 pmCorner Store West Festivalwith Susanne Salem-SchatzCarmel Valley, CAWhiffletree Ranch
18865 Cachagua Rd
Carmel Valley CA
May 21, 20172:00 pm  to 3:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzCarmel Valley, CASuggested Donation $15
Call 831-298-7159 for reservations and details

June 9, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmCherry Bridge House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzBridgewater, MADetails and Reservations:
August 26, 20178:00 pm  to 9:00 pmGarfield Center for the Artswith Susanne Salem-Schatz210 High Street, Chestertown, MD
September 15, 20174:00 pm through September 17, 2017 to 5:00 pmFolksong Society of Greater Boston, Fall Weekendwith Susanne Salem-SchatzPrindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA
October 20, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmPhippsburg Congregational Church, UCCwith Susanne Salem-Schatz10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, Maine
(1/3 mile down Parker Head Road from Route 209)

Phone:
207-389-1767
November 17, 20178:15 pm  to 9:15 pmPrinceton Folk Music Societywith Susanne Salem-SchatzChrist Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ
February 2, 20188:00 pm  to 9:00 pmThe Common Ground on the Hill, Baltimore Concert Serieswith Susanne Salem-SchatzBaltimore, MD

 

Recent Shows

Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

Brandywine Friends of Old-time Music, Newark, DE

The Vanilla Bean, Pomfret, CT

First Encounter Coffeehouse, Eastham, MA

Minstrel Concert Series, Morristown, NJ

Corner Store Arts, Washington, DC

Cameo Art House Theatre, Fayetteville, NC

Folklore Society of Greater Washington, D.C.

Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

Common Fence Concerts, Portsmouth, RI

Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI

Old Ship Coffeehouse, Hingham, MA

Last Friday Coffeehouse, Winter Harbor, ME

Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, ME

Fountain General Store, Fountain, NC

Old Firehouse, Tinmouth VT

Cabot Arts, Cabot VT

St. John’s Coffee House, Arlington, MA

Good Times Cafe, Hinesburg VT