The Essen, Germany born singer-songwriter has long been at home on the stages of the world and has toured in Scandinavia, Ireland, England and Scotland, Greenland and the USA.
Martin Praetorius had been living on the road, touring constantly without a permanent base for a couple of years, when the pandemic stopped him in his tracks.
Stranded on the shores of the Baltic Sea in the North of Germany, he began recording and releasing new material.
Eoin O'Neill and Fiachna O'Braonain started playing him on Irish radio. He has been a regular since on an increasing number of radio stations across Ireland and the UK.
His music couches somewhere in the twilight zone between Roots-Rock, Folk, Americana and Celtic influences. Although inspired by many of the great songwriters, often sharing the stage with well-known acts of the international songwriting scene, Martin Praetorius presents his own style and sings short stories that aim point-blank, straight at the heart.
He has released two albums under his name, "Affairs of the heart" and the current, "Tales from the feverworld", on the German POTTpeople label.
The new album, "It's Ok, I'm still laughing!" is scheduled for release later in 2022.
Here's what people say:
"The German with the Irish heart."
David Dee Moore, Acoustic Yard Radio Show
"One of our own." Eoin O'Neill, CLare FM
"I like that hint of the West Coast of Ireland in his diction. It's beautiful."
Fiachna Ó Braonain, RTE Radio 1, Ireland
"It's hard to take on classic tunes like that and leave some sort of imprint of your own, but fair play to Martin Praetorius, that's a fine version of Van's 'Into the mystic'."
Ralph Mc Lean, BBC Radio Ulster
"Martin Praetorius retaining a sense of Celtic grace with his version of Van Morrison's classic song 'Into the mystic.' Who would dare cover Van Morrison in such a brilliant way?" Alex Huskisson, Mystery Train Radio, UK