The boat with the bay leaves, leaves just on time
Silver and indigo the fisherman's line
The scent from the quarter always in the air
Mint tea and majoun1 - wish I was there
By STEPHEN TURNER
John Martyn's concert at the Carlisle Hotel may have been his last in this country but it certainly will not have been one of his most memorable.
THERE AREN'T many musicians who can carry off a set barely ninety minutes long, almost thirty of them between-numbers chat, without leaving an audience feeling short-changed. Martyn's Croydon concert did, and managed much more. It was one of the most completely satisfying gigs I've attended in a long time.
John Martyn will talk about anything without the slightest provocation, except his music. He's suspicious of words.