Martin Foote is a gifted guitarist from the Blue Mountains of NSW, who plays with a passion and flair that turns heads whenever he takes to the stage.
Growing up in a musical family, Martin began playing guitar at the age of ten, taught by his father, Nigel Foote, who gave him a strong foundation in fingerpicking styles.
After meeting the guitarists Joe Robinson and Michael Fix, Martin was encouraged to study the instrumental works and guitar styles of the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.
Over the next few years, Martin attended Emmanuel's workshop and residential guitar camps, at the end of which he performed Classical Gas together with Tommy.
Martin has performed solo at the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Katoomba Winter Magic Festival and at many Australian Citizenship ceremonies. Together with James Church and Nigel Foote as 'No Real Job', Martin has also performed for the Blue Mountains Music Festival and Blue Mountains Folk.
After winning the Busking Competition at the 2015 Winter Magic Festival, Martin composed several instrumental pieces and used the prize – a day's recording at Songcave Studios – to record his seven-track EP, When You Smile, which will be launched at this festival.
Martin is also a partner in Blue Mountains Guitar School, a family business that offers expert tuition in traditional and contemporary guitar styles to all ages.