Portrait of Dr Toby Martin Dr Toby Martin

toby.martin@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473802


Toby Martin is Lecturer in Popular Music and has been with the University of Huddersfield since 2015.  Prior to this he was based in Sydney, Australia.  Toby works as a musician and an historian.  He is a member of the acclaimed Australian rock band Youth Group, and also has a solo practice.  His newest record Songs From Northam Avenue will be released in 2016.  Toby has researched and written about popular music, Aboriginal history and the history of tourism. His first monograph Yodelling Boundary Riders was published in 2015.

Research and Scholarship

I am currently working on an album of songs about the Sydney suburb of Bankstown.  This was the result of an extended period of research and collaboration with a group of musicians from diverse backgrounds, including Arabic and Vietnamese musicians.  This album is called Songs From Northam Avenue and will be released in 2016. This project is part of an ongoing interest in collaborative art projects, new directions in songwriting and intercultural knowledge sharing.

I am also currently co-songwriter and co-producer on a project with Roger Knox – aka The King of Koori Country.  This record will narrate events in Roger’s life and in Aboriginal history in general.

I have recently completed two funded research fellowships: The State Library of NSW David Scott Mitchell Fellowship that looked at the history of tourism to Aboriginal missions in the 1920s; and the National Library of Australia Folk Fellowship, which assisted a project researching Aboriginal country singers in the 1950s.

I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Australian Feminist Studies, Aboriginal History and History Australia. My first book Yodelling Boundary Riders: Country music in Australia since the 1920s is out now through Lyrebird Press (University of Melbourne).

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Martin, T (2017) ‘Making Music in Bankstown: Responding to Place Through SongIASPM: International Association for the Study of Popular Music Journal , 7 (2), pp. 22-31. ISSN 2079-3871

Martin, T (2017) Songs From Northam Avenue. 42' [Composition]


Martin, W (2016) Spring Feeling [Composition]

Martin, W (2016) ‘Music Making in Western Sydney: A reflection on intercultural exchange and artistic practice’. In: IASPM UK and Ireland Biennial Conference, 8-10 September, 2016, Brighton, UK

Martin, T (2016) ‘The Prairie is a Lonesome Place at Night: The absent sweethearts of hillbilly music’. In: The Popular Culture of Romantic Love. Perth, Australia: Black Swan Press. .

Martin, W (2016) ‘'I Don't Want Your Money': Dougie Young and Social Protest in Aboriginal Country Music’. In: Menzies Seminar, 23 March 2016, Kings College, London


Martin, T (2015) ‘‘‘Socialist Paradise” or “Inhospitable Island’: Visitor responses to Palm Island in the 1920s and 1930s’, Aboriginal History, Vol 38, 131-153.Aboriginal History , 38, pp. 131-153. ISSN 0314-8769

Martin, T (2015) Yodelling Boundary Riders: Country Music in Australia since the 1920s . Melbourne: Lyrebird Press. ISBN 9780734037787


Martin, T. and Bellanta, M. (2012) ‘‘Sins of the Son: Country Music and Masculine Sentimentality in 1930s and 1940s Australia’Australian Feminist Studies , 27 (74), pp. 355-372. ISSN 0816-4649

Martin, T (2012) Love's Shadow [Composition]


Martin, T (2011) ‘‘Country Music Capital: The Past in Tamworth’History Australia , 8 (1), pp. 153-174. ISSN 1449-0854

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising research projects that are concerned with:

Histories of popular music

Histories of popular culture

Histories of tourism

Aboriginal history and music


Community-based collaborations

Enterprise Activities

Youth Group (the band) – Singer and songwriter, 1997-

Urban Theatre Projects – Songwriting residency 2013-2014

Campbelltown Arts Centre – Songwriting residency 201

Teaching and Professional Activities

Songwriting  AFM 1110 – Module leader

Popular Composition and Arranging AIM 2105 – Lecturer

Popular Music Studies AIM 2302 – Seminar leader

AHM 3518 Major Music Project – Tutor

AHM 3507 Individual Project - Tutor