Seven years ago we lost the musician that captured our hearts and souls. There is some comfort in the knowledge that he is not forgotten. That most of his music is still available. And that people are still passionate about the man and even now, new stories and memories pop up. But the music industry has changed and not for the better. So the best thing I can think of is to put on a John Martyn record, turn up the volume and wonder about our One World.
John would have turned 67 years old today. Not a day goes by that we do not miss him - in spite of the wonderful legacy of music he left us. Every now and then a talented singer-songwriter emerges who is clearly inspired by JM. But it never comes close to what we have come to cherish. This only proves that John is irreplaceable.
Last year I was happy to discover that the ghost of the echoplex has not disappeared. This clip by Nils Frahm is something totally different but gives a nice touch to a memorable day.
Play a John album, open up a good bottle of claret, spread the word and the love for music and mankind.
On the 26th and 27th of June, JM afficionados and musicians will get together for a John Martyn Summer Gathering. The (small) event will take place at the Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw Hayes, Leyburn. That is in North Yorkshire. Which is fairly in the middle between Glasgow and London, when you think about it. Tickets cost £ 20.00 and the event is non profit. More details in the poster.
Several tribute bands have been confirmed and one should certainly seize the opportunity to meet Cheryl Wilson and Irish singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon (who both participated in Jim Tullios tribute project). Also there will be guitar workshops.
"We welcome all musicians and fans to join us at the gathering."
This goes to wish you all a healthy and safe new year. This site will remain in the air, although I hardly have any time to spend on it.
2015 will see some new releases, mainly remixes and deluxe editions by Universal. I will report those when I can find the time.
Big Muff is back with a totally new design that was developed from the ground up. Navigation has changed considerably and so has the Home page.
Main reason for doing so is that I got bored with the theme I chose seven years ago.
Main goal is to provide a better user experience on mobile devices and tablets. Printing support has also improved.
In the first half of this year a LOT of new information has been added to this site from newspaper archives. Until now Dutch, Italian, Irish and Australian vaults have been raided. More to follow, of course.
BBC2 radio host Johnnie Walker puts two classic albums in the spotlight on his show 'Long Player'. The first one is Solid Air, and the second one Bryter Layter by Nick Drake.
The show is broadcast Thursday 30 Jan 2014; it starts at 22:00 hours and last 57 minutes. More info here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s6jmt