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Born in Liverpool to British and American parents, Marty grew up and studied in Australia which is also where his professional career began. Initially an in demand guitarist on the scene in Sydney, Marty became a popular session player for bands in the studio and major label touring acts. A dedicated professional session musician who plays electric and acoustic guitars, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, bass and drums, Marty is also a talented arranger and producer for small and large ensembles and recording projects; regularly scoring for brass, string quartets and small chamber groups.

As a performer and musical director he has worked on The West End, on Broadway, in Las Vegas, across the UK, Europe, Australia and the South Pacific. He has over 25 years experience in the music industry, has made over 80 records and produced and engineered countless single sessions. In 2018 Marty was nominated as Rock producer of the year at the IMAs in New York City. His performance and recording credits feature a diverse range of names in international music: Jimmy Somerville, Nina Hagen, Ronan Keating, Robbie Williams, Human Nature, Pape Mbaye to name a few.

Marty’s screen and media composition credits include writing for: BBC TV, Radio and Sport, Discovery Channel, Hopscotch Films, Viz Films, Eyebolls. Arpeggio Pictures, Infinite Content, GTMP, Pirate Productions, GNWTV, ABC (Australia) and The Gate Worldwide.

Marty played guitars and lap steel on the score for Baz Luhrmann’s film ‘Australia’ and was a significant contributor to the score for the Channel 10 (Aus) police drama 'Rush'. In 2008 he contributed to the score of the award winning documentary, 'The Burning Season. In 2012 he composed the soundtrack to the documentary film for the acclaimed Sydney Festival show 'I Am Eora’. From 2013 until 2018 Marty wrote for and collaborated with the London based music group Delicious Digital on film trailer and gaming music, commercials and program and library material. He composed the music for the BBC's coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and in 2017 was commissioned by Delicious to write music for the Rugby League World Cup TV coverage for the BBC. Marty has written well over 50 pieces to brief for production music publishers Melodie and has had a number of placements with publishers such as JIM (Ninja Tune) and Jam Music. His most recent work in film has been with composer Angela Little on the score for the documentary ‘Everybody’s Oma’ and with Kevin Penkin on the Anime film ‘Spice and Wolf’. Other films include ‘Putuparri and The Rainmakers’, ‘Renewing Women’s Business’, ’Lest We Forget’, ‘My America’, ‘Grimm Street’, ‘None Of The Above’, ‘Strong Is Better Than Angry”, the animated short ‘Dave’ and John Pilger’s ‘Utopia’. During 2023/24 Marty has been composing to film briefs for UMPG with collaborators Uncanny Valley.

In addition to his work for stage and screen Marty enjoys creative art collaborations and has been fortunate enough to work with artists such as Derrick Guild, Kevin Harman and Aurélian Froment and with The Fruitmarket and The Dovecot Gallery in Edinburgh. His commissioned piece, 'Prepare The Planet' was written for video content for the Scottish sculpture park, Jupiter Artland.

Marty has recently become the owner of the iconic Chamber Studio in Edinburgh. The studio boasts a sizeable live space for recording and a vast collection of quality instruments, microphones and studio equipment. Marty has on call and regularly records with the best musicians in Scotland from regulars with the SCO, SNJO and the vibrant, eclectic folk and Celtic scene.

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