Meet Dom Martin, the Belfast-born guitarist who may just be Rory Gallagher’s musical inheritor

Dom Martin
(Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)

“My father held me over a guitar the day I was born and I just kicked it and scratched it and cried on it. And it’s been that way for 31 years…” While this sounds like a voiceover at the beginning of a biopic, it may well end up that way if Belfast blueser Dom Martin’s career trajectory remains on its current course. 

Fresh from a UK tour supporting Eric Gales, armed with a partscaster Tele and backed by bass player Dave Thompson and drummer Laurence McKeown in the classic blues-rock power-trio format, Dom delivered performances that garnered praise from fans and critics alike. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.