Martin Larose Rediscovers The Spirit Of Radio

The Quebec guitar virtuoso reimagines a Canadian rock classic live in the studio.

Martin Larose reworks a Can-Rock classic with his acoustic cover and performance video of Rush’s The Spirit Of Radio — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

This captivating version is a testament to Martin’s exceptional talent and unique approach to music — and a demonstration of Martin’s deep-rooted admiration for Rush, a band he has loved since 1980. Martin but didn’t see perform until 2013. The outdoor concert he attended was halted by a thunderstorm, but despite being soaked to the bone, the experience fueled his passion to honour Rush in his own way.

“I’m usually reluctant to cover other people’s material and prefer to work on my own stuff,” proclaims the renowned musician and owner of Le Studio Septentrio in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. “However, I had this idea in the back of my mind for quite some time and wanted to release it alongside my new album Hek Of A Ride, as it showcases another facet of my musical style.”

Influenced by legends such as Michael Hedges, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Howe, Chris Whitley and Pete Townshend, Martin developed an original sound combining tapping, atmospheric ambience and intricate gameplay. His exceptional talent and technique earned him recognition, with his work being featured in the prestigious magazine Guitar World.

“I’ve been playing the harp guitar for 12 years now. I’m also fortunate to own an Allan Beardsell HG1 HarpGuitar, which is (made) in Winnipeg,” says Martin. “It’s a wonderful instrument built by a tremendously talented Canadian luthier, so it’s a Canadian guitar played by a Canadian guitarist interpreting a Canadian song.”

Watch the video for The Spirit Of Radio above, hear more from Martin Larose below and get in tune with him on his website, Facebook and Instagram.