A singer 'with a passion for guitar' is resuming her music career almost two decades after mothering her twin boys.

Originally from Hull, Carrie Martin is well known across the globe and has toured as far afield as Canada and California.

She is set to make a musical contribution to the Greater Manchester area, with her upcoming tour bringing her to Urmston.

She said she had “cast her music aside in order to raise her children” and it was a chance meeting with guitarist and composer Gordon Giltrap that changed her life.

Close mentoring from Gordon saw her take a huge leap forward, attracting endorsements from industry specialists Vintage Guitars, G7th Capos, Martin Strings and Faith Guitars.

Before her break from the music scene, Carrie was perhaps best known for fronting three cover bands in the 90s - Foreign Affair, Extacy and The Promise.

Carrie said: “This gig is an extraordinary one because the lady organising it found my music during lockdown, she used to watch the livestreams I did every Saturday at 9pm.”

Carrie and Sue Shepard, known on Facebook as ‘Stretford Sue’, met in person after she turned up to watch her concert at the Greystones in Sheffield. 

Carrie said: “I find it unbelievable that she is so determined to bring my music to her area of the UK as she is not a promotor, she’s actually a fan!”

Sue, who attended University in Manchester for event management, explains how she did not get to finish her degree due to the struggles of covid.

She said: “When finding Carrie, I thought I must promote her in any way I can and get to see her live."

Sue is now the promotor for Carrie’s upcoming event.

She said: “I found her a perfect venue, named The Venue… I think it’s perfect for her, it’s a lovely place."

This gig will not be her first since her break, however. In May earlier this year, Carrie played at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, alongside Gordon, Oliver Wakeman, and “the mighty” Rick Wakeman, who described Carrie as “phenomenal”.

Carrie has since released a new album, Evergreen, which features Oliver Wakeman, Heart’s guitarist Roger Fisher, John Verity and Dan Karl Cassidy.

Gordon said he has “watched Carrie Martin’s musical gift grow with each consecutive album. Her new album Evergreen is in my opinion, the pinnacle of her song writing abilities”.

The gig will be taking place on Friday, January 12 at The Venue, in Urmston. Doors open at 7pm and tickets can be purchased on Skiddle.