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Birth name  Toby Martin
Name  Toby Martin
Instruments  Guitar, vocals
Role  Singer-songwriter
Years active  1996–present
Associated acts  Youth Group

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Born  5 August 1975 (age 40) Melbourne, Australia (1975-08-05)
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter, musician, academic, lecturer
Genres  Alternative rock, Indie rock
People also search for  Patrick Matthews, Danny Lee Allen, Cameron Emerson-Elliot, Andy Cassell, Paul Murphy
Albums  Love's Shadow, Casino Twilight Dogs, Skeleton Jar, The Night Is Ours, Urban & Eastern

Music group  Youth Group (Since 1996)

Toby Martin: Spring Feeling (official video)

Toby Martin (born 5 August 1975), is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, academic, and lecturer at New York University Sydney. Martin is the grandson of Hungarian-born Australian poet David Martin and has a PhD in the history of Australian music from the University of Sydney. After fronting Sydney-based band Youth Group from 1996 to 2009, Martin developed his solo career, releasing his first album, Love's Shadow in 2012.


Martin's PhD thesis, published in 2012, is titled "Yodelling boundary riders : country music in Australia, 1936–2010".

In 2017, Martin released his second solo album, entitled Songs from Northam Avenue. The album was written in Bankstown, and features musical accompaniment by several locals to the area.

Early life and career

Martin was born in Melbourne and grew up in the Frankston area. At 15, he moved to Canberra attending school at Narrabundah College with Cameron Emerson-Elliott, (a future co-member of the band Youth Group), where they wrote songs together as The Morris Brothers. Martin moved to Sydney some years later, joining the band Poxsii Barccs with Andy Strachan, Gary Hopper and Paul Inglis. In 1996 he formed Youth Group and the band later achieved success with their cover version of "Forever Young" by Alphaville which made no 1 on Australian record charts.

Academic career

Martin is currently a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, where he teaches songwriting to BMus music students, as well as Popular Composition and Arranging to BA Music Technology and Popular Music students.


With Youth Group, Martin has toured extensively in Australia, as well as the US, Canada and UK. In 2012, he toured solo down Australia's East Coast supporting Seeker Lover Keeper.


Martin's band Youth Group were nominated for four Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards in 2006.


  • Love's Shadow (2012)
  • Songs from Northam Avenue (2017)
  • with Youth Group
  • Urban & Eastern (2001)
  • Skeleton Jar (2004)
  • Casino Twilight Dogs (2006)
  • The Night Is Ours (2009)
  • References

    Toby Martin Wikipedia

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