Martin Judd (1952 – 2015)
Martin Judd (aka Big Mart) was a founder member of Live n Kickin’ and Legacy, as well as being involved with other musical projects over the years. Martin also owned the longest running music shop in Ashford town centre, which became a social hub where many friends, fellow musicians and customers would spend time chatting and drinking coffee.
Known for his big stature and matching personality, along with his custom made Jackson ‘Star War’s bass guitar, complete with neon green strings that glowed in the dark, ‘Big Mart’ was a very well known and loved character on the local music scene for many years. His two main passions in life were his beloved partner Jane and his love of live music.
In 2013 Martin was unfortunately diagnosed with an aggressive form of oesophageal cancer. With immense bravery and determination, Martin stoically fought the disease with every ounce of energy he had until he sadly lost his battle on 24th October 2015. Martin was a total inspiration to his friends, family and fellow musicians as he continued to regularly gig, despite the vast pain and discomfort he was suffering, he even managed to achieve his wish of completing three gigs in one weekend, just a few weeks before he passed away.
A memorial concert was held for Martin at the Elwick Club in Ashford on Sunday 6th December 2015 and was very well attended by many close friends, fellow musicians and fans.
Martin’s wish was that “the show must go on” and of course both of his bands, Live n Kickin’ and Legacy, have every intention of continuing and are beginning to book many gigs in the coming months. Both bands sincerely appreciate the continuing support of friends and fans who regularly come to shows and continue to have a great time, exactly as Martin would want them to.
It feels quite fitting to complete this tribute page with some of Martin’s own words, taken from the previous version of Legacy’s website, as these words give you a good idea of his sense of humour…
“Every band needs the “pretty boy” and it falls to Martin Judd to take on this role in Legacy, what he lacks in ability he makes up for with his sheer drop dead good looks! The rest of the band can often be seen with jealous looks on their faces as the girls flock to “Big Mart” but they know deep down inside that it’s a rotten job but someone has to do it and reluctantly they tolerate it!”
Martin will be missed by very many people, however the show will, indeed, go on!