Nicholas is one of the U.K.'s leading Organ and Keyboard entertainers.
He is now in his 33rd year of performing professionally!
His earliest recollection of becoming fascinated by organ music was in 1969 when during a family visit to Blackpool he overheard the Wurlitzer organ being played in the Tower Ballroom by the legendary - Reginald Dixon. This clearly was a defining moment for Nick as thereafter it became his driving ambition to perform at this famous venue on the amazing Wurlitzer organ.
Shortly after that visit he was suitably inspired to commence piano lessons in Barlestone (Leics.) - where he was born. Interestingly the teacher was the same lady who had, many years earlier, taught Nick's Dad the piano too. She professed a great future lay ahead for 'the young Martin' as a keyboard player!
After two years of piano tuition he became interested in the organ - following a visit to a family friend's home - who owned a Hammond M-100. So Nick's parents, Janet and Roy, invested in a Hammond organ for him and from then on he really didn't look back. He entered local music, talent shows and came away with several cups and trophies for his playing prowess. Around this time his organ teacher claimed she couldn't help him anymore - so he began to teach himself.
Nick's Dad Roy drafted a letter which was sent to the management of Blackpool Tower in Jan. 1981. In it he explained of his son's ambition to play the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer organ. Incredibly, Nick's dream was realised in March 1981, when he was accepted as a member of the team of organists. His ambition was achieved at 17 years of age! He subsequently played there seven days a week, on the famous Wurlitzer organ, during the 1981 and 1982 seasons.
So it was, that in April 1983 Nick started another phase of his music career by becoming the resident theatre organist at the new "Turner's" Entertainments Centre. The organ he was to play for so many years was one of the finest ever to be shipped here from the U.S. Wurlitzer factory. The organ was originally installed in the Paramount, later Odeon, Cinema Newcastle in 1931 - but acquired for duties at "Turner's" in 1982. It was to be a long and fruitful partnership at the Northamptonshire venue because Nick continued working there right up until the centre closed in 2004.
Whilst there Nick managed to record thirty albums on the Wurlitzer - starting with L.P's and cassettes in 1983 and progressing to CD's in 1993. Many of these recordings became huge sellers in their time - not only through being sold at "Turner's", but in high street stores too.
Indeed it was a sad day in July 2004 when Nigel Turner decided to close his business down. He chose, at the age of sixty, to retire and all of the contents of "Turner's" were sold on to another family from Bedfordshire - the Saunders's. Now the old "Turner's" site is a housing estate at Queen Eleanor Vale, Newport Pagnell Rd, Wootton, Northampton.
Following the close of "Turner's in 2004 Nick was asked to go to Wicksteed Park at Kettering, Northants. - to become the Musical Director there. There was no pipe installed at Wicksteed, so he used his own Technics electronic organ to provide all the suitable musical accompaniment for the various shows they did. He remained here as M.D. until December 2008.
Since that time Nick has been happy to perform all around the country for the many organ clubs and societies. He does around 100 of these per annum as well as recording one or two new albums each year. He has also now recorded six DVD albums - one on electronics, and the others on pipe organs.
One of Nick's annual highlights is to visit the Kirk of Dunedin in Florida, U.S.A. He first visited there in 1985 to perform concerts and has returned virtually every year since. February 2013 marks his 28th trip to entertain his American fans.
In 1995 the Nicholas Martin Fan Club was formed. This came about due to many requests from his friend's and fans. Members receive a quarterly newsletter which keeps them notified of his playing whereabouts, family information, new recordings - and news of the Martin Home events. These are essentially fundraising events for the charity "Miracles-to-believe-in (see below). Current Fan Club membership sits at approximately 600 people.
Nick and his wife Marianne have been together since 1993. They have two sons - James and Joshua - and live in Markfield, Leicestershire.
Both James and Joshua are afflicted with the condition known as 'autism'. This severely restricts their general learning ability, social interaction and everyday skills.
Joshua has no speech either. Both boys attend a highly regarded 'special needs' college in Hinckley (Leics.) - the Dorothy Goodman College.
As a result of finding out their two boys were autistic Nick and Marianne helped to co-found a charity - "Miracles-to-Believe-in". This is an East Midlands based charity which helps children and families affected by this lifelong condition. The charity was founded in 2001 and achieved charitable status in 2003. To date over £200,000 has been raised to help fight and battle against autism in the East Midlands area.
For further information on the charity visit the website www.miracles-to-believe-in.co.uk