marty willson-piper

With a career that has spanned almost 40 years, Marty has won a world wide audience and has influenced an ocean of guitarists. (His) knack for a writing finely designed pop songs with witty, intelligent and meaningful lyrics.
— Rolling Stone

Marty Willson-Piper is a British guitarist & singer-songwriter who has been writing and performing with many bands and artists all over the world for the past 35+ years. He is best known as a long-time member of the Australian psychedelic rock band The Church. Willson-Piper contributed to all of the Church’s studio releases until 2013 and was a touring member from 1980 to 2013.

Well known as a man whose music voices the paradoxes of pain and beauty in a lyrical and musical style that snags the attention of the audience and remains in their consciousness long after the music has ceased. In live performance, this penetrating depth of music is coupled with fabulous humour that is nothing but British, intelligent, and vastly inappropriate (in all the right ways).

Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output since the mid-1980s, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He released his solo album Nightjar in March 2009 on Second Motion Records. He has also released three albums with long-time friend Dare Mason under the name Noctorum. Their fourth album is scheduled for release in October 2018. With Swedish band Weeping Willow’s Niko Röhlcke he is currently working on album number two under the moniker MOAT. Their second album is planned to be released in 2018.

Marty has song co-writes with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs, Linda Perry and more.

He was also the guitarist for the English alternative rock band All About Eve from 1991 to 1993 and again from 1999 to 2002. In 2005 he joined veteran Australian bandThe Saints to record and tour the album Nothing Is Straight In My House, as well as co-writing the track “Passing Strange”.