Sisters welcomes back Martyn Joseph

Folk singer returns for folk fest’s winter series

Published Mar 14, 2014 at 12:06AM

Sisters Folk Festival’s wonderful Winter Concert Series will continue Tuesday night with Welsh singer-songwriter and Sisters fave Martyn Joseph.

Joseph is a celebrated tunesmith who has won numerous awards and accolades over his three decades of making socially conscious folk songs. Of course, sometimes it’s fun to play other folks’ songs, and Joseph’s most recent album is “Trees Rushing By in the Rain,” a collection of Bruce Springsteen covers.

Joseph made the record at the urging of his fans, who’d been hearing him play Springsteen songs in his sets over the years. “Trees” includes big hits by The Boss (“Thunder Road,” “Tom Joad”) and several less ubiquitous tunes.

“I have always found a reference point in Bruce’s material that I was able to connect with and make my own,” Joseph has said, “and I always try to carry that honesty and integrity to the stage.”

He’ll do that Tuesday in Sisters, where Joseph will presumably play some Bruce and some of his own stuff.

Martyn Joseph; 7 p.m. Tuesday, doors open 6:30 p.m.; $20 plus fees in advance (ticket outlets listed at the website below), $25 at the door, $10 students; Sisters High School, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Road; www.sistersfolkfestival.org or 541-549-4979.