ANSMA “Emerging Artist” award winners Ced Upshaw and Marty Williams formed in 2009 as CED & MARTY. After their first practice they expanded their repertoire from Blues to Ballads to R&B. In 2011 Dave Skinner an “ECMA Pioneer” award winner joined the group on Cajon and other percussion instruments. Dave also lends his voice to expand the group’s repertoire. Their songs are influenced by Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton amongst others. CED MARTY & DAVE select classic songs and arrange them in their unique Blues style. They cover but don’t copy. Their original materials are stories of life and love.
CED MARTY & DAVE debut CD “TO OUR 3%” was released in March 2015. Produced by the band it is a cross-section of their favorite original and covers.
In 2015 Ced Marty & Dave won the ANSMA “Rising Star” Award.
Their CD “TO OUR 3% was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s Blues CD of The Year.
Ced Marty & Dave were also nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year.
Since their formation CED MARTY & DAVE continue to perform throughout the Halifax Pub scene also at Halifax Jazz Festival, African Nova Scotia Music Awards, the Windsor NS Downtown Merchants Summer Music Series and SWITCH - Dartmouth.
Some of the concerts where CED MARTY & DAVE have played are: ECMA & Music Nova Scotia Showcases, Halifax Natal Day Concerts, Alderney Landing, Tunes at Noon, and African Nova Scotia Freedom Festival.
For over two years CED MARTY & DAVE play on the first Sunday of every month at Freeman’s Little New York in Fairview, Halifax. They can also be found regularly at The Alderney Farmer’s Market.
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