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Rather odd find

coverWhile searching for an old concert in Barnstaple, I stumbled upon a remark by DJ Wendy May: "After extensive touring and some John Peel sessions they eventually signed to Phonogram and made an album in 85, which featured the legendary John Martyn on guitar." She is referring to a band called the Boothill Foot-Tappers. They made exactly one album that surfaced October 1985: Ain't That Far From Boothill. It was released by Mercury (MERH 76) and John is indeed credited for Guitars on a track called Stand Or Fall (side B, track #3).
No idea why this track was never mentioned in any discography before. It will be included here in the Collaborations section.

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Eleven years..

posterToday it makes eleven years since John's passing. Which is sad. Still people all over the world keep discovering his music, though. One year ago, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall completely sold out for the 10 year memorial concert organized by co-legend Danny Thompson. Last year saw the release of Sweet Little Mysteries | The Songs of John Martyn, a fine tribute CD by Sarah Jane Morris and Tony Rémy. Recommended.

Only recently people in the Netherlands were able to see the John Martyn Project live, a set of JM songs performed by five aspiring musicians who also toured the UK in the course of 2019.

In North Yorkshire, a new John Martyn Gathering is coming up next summer. And a small winter gathering is held in the Clutha this weekend, in John's home town Glasgow. Sold out.

So John is alive though not kicking :o(

Happy Birthday John

71 years today... and still selling out the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
It is encouraging to see that people are still engaged with John's music and career. Only yesterday I got an unknown picture from Sweden of John performing in Uppsala, Sweden at the monumental Barowiak theatre (below).

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If you want to get in touch with people who feel the same way, look for the John Martyn Group on Facebook. Amazing stuff is shared on that platform.

Uncut about recording Solid Air

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This month, ten years will have gone by since John's passing. This, and an upcoming all-star remembrance concert in the context of Celtic Connections at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, is reason for Uncut magazine to give some attention to JM.

Their February issue features a three page article on the making of the track Solid Air, by Graeme Thomson. There's a lot of direct quotes from the people involved: John Wood, Dave Mattacks, Danny Thompson, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick and Tristan Fry.
Funny thing is that Uncut also wrote about Solid Air ten years earlier, in December 2000. This piece is called Emotional Rescue. Both stories have been sort of recreated on this site.

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