Interviews

Morning Becomes Eclectic

Nic Harcourt
KCRW California

NH: It's Morning Becomes Eclectic, it's 27 minutes after eleven and a very good morning to John Martyn and band.
JM: Good morning all...
NH: Thanks so much for coming in
JM: Well I'm hoping so, partly dull they all may be...

Feeling Gravity's Pull

Rob Young
The Wire magazine #172

After rising to prominence with the late 60's electric folk renaissance, John Martyn uprooted songform and subjected it to a serious sonic makeover on a series of albums which rank alongside the best of Tim Buckley and Van Morrison for their radical fusions of folk, soul, jazz and dub. In spite of that, his best music, he says, is yet to come.

'I'm pontificating,' booms John Martyn. 'Well, of course, in a church you've got to pontificate, ain'tcha? Pon, pon, tiddly-pon. And the pontiff .... what? What's the pont of it all?'

The Two-Minute Interview...

Caspar Llewellyn Smith
The Daily Telegraph

... with John Martyn.

Caspar Llewellyn Smith: Why The Church With One Bell?
John Martyn: Over the road from our house in the village is an old church with one bell. The record company said they'd buy it for me and turn it into a studio if I did an album of cover versions.

On Top of his Game

Colm O'Hare
Hot Press

On top of his game

Not all that long ago, you wouldn't have reasonably expected to be talking to John Martyn at the unearthly hour of 10:00am. Unless perhaps you had chanced upon him on the way home the morning after the night before, as it were. These days, however, he is not only up and about at the dawning of the day but sounding more chipper than ever. The legendary hoarse whisper booms with unexpected clarity.

The Bell! The Bell!

David Hepworth
Mojo Magazine

About the Church With One Bell album, in which Martyn tackles blues, jazz, rock and trip-hop covers, including songs by Randy Newman, Sonny Boy Williamson and Dead Can Dance.

Caught On The Hop

Mark Cooper
Mojo magazine #33

John Martyn, now label-mate with Portishead, has been checking out the Chicago house scene, and revising his wardrobe. Mark Cooper salutes his return to eccentricity.

JOHN MARTYN
AND Go! Discs

• Martyn's debut for Go! Discs, home of Paul Weller, Portishead and Gabrielle.

The Boy Can't Help It

Nick Coleman
Mojo Magazine #11

Rambunctious loons, Soave-swilling romantics, tireless anarchists, people who fill baths with dead fish, all detect in him some sort of kindred spirit. John Martyn by Nick Coleman.

John Martyn tells a good story about Ben Webster.

Grace and Danger

Paul Tingen
The Guitar Magazine Vol 4 #7

Don't call it folk! John Martyn is 46, but he's not too old to kick up a stink if you dare lump him in with the finger-in-ear brigade. Paul Tingen dons his profanity-proof sou'ester to meet Britain's most eccentric and unique guitar stylist.

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