Martin Coughlin is a Scottish-born singer-songwriter, who has been living and playing in San Diego for most of his adult life. Leaving high school at seventeen in 1994, he pursued a three-year professional soccer career playing for Scotland's Glasgow Celtic. Upon returning to San Diego in 1997, Martin and his brothers, Gerald Coughlin and Paul Coughlin, founded a pop/rock band, Square Go, with moderate local success.
In the early 2000's, taking time off from music, Martin attended CSUSM, earning a B.A. in history, a teaching credential, and an M.A. in teaching. Putting his music on hold while starting a family, Martin has also been teaching history and coaching soccer at Westview High School since 2002.
In 2012, Martin returned to the San Diego music scene with the release of a 4-song EP, "Occupy Yourself", under the pseudonym The Gaffer. In 2014, Martin released his first full-length solo album, "Postcards From Purgatory", co-producing, singing, and playing almost all of the instruments himself. The album features performances by friends, Morgan Leigh (American Idol), Steve Morris (Unwritten Law), Danny King (Spell Toronto), Bryan Caldwell (Highland Way), Paul Coughlin (Square Go and Morgan Leigh Band), and co-producer Phil Higgins (Track Star Studios).
Since 2012, as a solo performer and also with his full backing band, Martin has been playing shows all over San Diego as well as hosting open mics in the area. Martin is currently involved in some collaboration side-projects, such as The Dirty Martinis and Kristi Krause.
Martin is planning on recording and releasing a new full-length solo album sometime in 2020...stay tuned for updates!