If you know of any other performances, do not hesitate to send me a note...
1970-01-08 UK, London, Kingston, Polytechnic Students Union. John Martyn 8pm.
1970-01-16 UK, Dorking, Congregational Hall. Shelter with Bridget St. John, John Martin [sic]. 6 shillings and 7/6, 7:30pm.
1970-01-17 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm John Martyn, Mike Cooper, Nick Drake.
1970-01-21 UK, London, College for the Distributive Trades - John Martyn, Rick Davey, Barry Youldon.
1970-01-23 UK, London, Walthamstow, Waltham Forest Technical College. Friday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets 5 shillings and 7 shillings sixpence.Concert in aid of Shelter; shared bill with Richard Digance, Gasworks and Terry Hutchings.
1970-01-24 UK, Greenwich, Greenwich Theatre Folk Club (Saturday). Solo gig.
1970-02-00 UK, Bristol, unknown. Band gig accompanying Stormbringer release, of same nature as Queen Elizabeth Hall performance, so with uninterested band members.
1970-02-07 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn, Dr Strangely Strange.
1970-02-07 UK, Bristol, Troubadour. Solo gig.
1970-02-09 UK, London, Putney Half Moon - John Martyn, Cliff Aungier, Royd River, Gerry Lockran.
1970-02-14 UK, London, Les Cousins: supporting act for Dr Strangely Strange. Four tracks taped.
1970-02-21 UK, London, Queen Elizabeth Hall (together with Beverley and a full band, to launch Stormbringer). Saturday night, 19:45 hrs. "John and Beverley Martin [sic] and their musicians - A concert of contemporary songs, plus Nick Drake. Tickets 20, 16, 12, and 8 shillings. A NEMS presentation." About 1,500 people showed up. "Nick Drake opened the show, staring at his feet, playing extraordinary finger-style guitar and disappearing as quickly as possible as though to deny he'd ever been there at all.  That night John smacked a guitar while the lovely Beverley sang the extended, muscular funk of Sweet Honesty." (Mark Cooper) John's anger was caused by unsympathetic band musicians. In 1973, he called this "the most humiliating musical experience of my career".
1970-03-05 UK, Bedford, Bedford college. Solo.
1970-03-06 UK, Hull, University Folk Club. Solo.
1970-03-14 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn, Dando Shaft (very good sensitive band of minstrels).
1970-03-18 UK, London, Holloway, Northern Polytechnic. Solo concert.
1970-04-18 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
1970-04-24 UK, High Wycombe, High Wycombe College of Art & Technology. Friday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets 7, 8 or 10 shilling. "An evening with John Martyn, Heron and John James | Pook Penn Jones production". Advertised in Melody Maker 25 April 1970 (so too late). "L.P. and Leonard Cohen tickets in a Lucky Ticket Draw." "My fondest memory of the gig is marching up and down the corridor at the College with John doing Singing In The Rain" (Tony Pook, Heron). "John just bought a new wah wah pedal that day and played through it a quite lot on the gig!" (Roy Apps, Heron)
1970-05-00 UK, Leyton (London), Leyton Senior High School for girls.
1970-05-08 UK, London, Bedford College. All night festival. Friday night, 21:30-06:00 hrs. Tickets £ 1.00. Advert text: "Bedford College | allallalla nightnightn | Initiation | Graham Bond + guests | also | East of Eden | May Blitz | Climax Chicago Blues Band | Raw Spirit | Black August | Group 'X' | Jo-Ann Kelly | Spencer Davis | John Martyn | Nick Drake | On Friday, May 8th, 09.30 p.m.-6 a.m. | Licensed Bar till 4 a.m. | Tickets £1 | Bedford College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park."
1970-05-09 UK, Chichester, Bishop Otter College. Saturday night, 20:00 hrs at the Folk Club. Tickets 3 shillings 6 pence. "B.O.C. Folk Club | John Martyn | and college residents | 3/6 | Sat. 9th. May | free booze! | 8-11p.m. | Studio One | capricorn productions".
1970-05-22 UK, London, East Ham, Denmark Arms. John Martyn, Chris Davies, Richard Digance.
1970-05-23 UK, Sheffield, Sheffield University. Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Strawbs, and John Martyn.
1970-05-29 UK, Ware (Hertfordshire), Ware College. John Martyn, John James, John Foot - 8pm.
1970-06-05 UK, London, London City University. John Martyn, 8pm.
1970-06-21 UK, London, Westfield College. Loosely termed as a 'folk event'. Sunday night, 20:45 hrs, tickets 10 shilling. Started after end of World Cup Final. "Westfield College Festival presents | Elton John - Stefan Grossman - John Martyn - Humblebums + surprise guests | Sunday, June 21st, 8.45 p.m. 10/- | Kidderpore Avenue, N.W. 3."
1970-06-22 UK, London, Phonograph. John Martyn, Mythica - 7:30-11pm.
1970-07-11 UK, London, Les Cousins. Solo concert.
1970-07-27 UK, Richmond, Hanging Lamp. Solo concert.
1970-08-15 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm: John Martyn, Ceilidh at the House.
1970-09-20 UK, Glastonbury: small event for 2.500 guests, more of a barn dance.
1970-10-01 UK, London, Kingston, Polytechnic Folk Club. Solo gig, 8pm.
1970-11-17 UK, Redruth (Cornwall), Room at the Top. Solo concert.
1970-11-21 UK, Reading, Reading University. Opening for Mott The Hoople with John Morgan.
1970-12-07 UK, London, South Bank Students Union. Solo concert.
UK tour with Claire Hamill
Claire Hamill remembers playing several universities with John:
1971-00-00 Scotland, Glasgow. What a wonderful man he is. I have many fond memories of the times we spent on the road in the seventies, like in a club in Glasgow where the dressing room was the most bleak I've ever been in! We only had a few empty paint tins to sit on, needless to say the audience were as warm as they usually are in Glasgow which incidentally is my father's home town. In Stirling we spent the night in a guest house. It was extremely cold but the landlady had put hot water-bottles in our beds for us. We were all starving when we came back from the gig but everyone was in bed so no luck there. The decor was decidedly Scottish..."
1971-00-00 Scotland, Stirling, University.
1971-00-00 UK, Warwick (Warwickshire), University of Warwick.
1971-00-00 UK, York, University of York.
1971-00-00 UK, Durham, University of Durham.
1971-00-00 UK, London, Imperial College
1971-01-02 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - Solo gig.
1971-01-11 UK, Richmond, Hanging Lamp. 8pm - Solo gig.
1971-01-12 UK, Hayes, Folk Club. John Martyn, John Coverdale, Richard Bartram.
1971-02-13 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn solo.
1971-03-06 UK, Bristol, The Bristol Troubadour. Saturday night.
1971-03-09 UK, Twickenham College. Shared bill with Michael Chapman and Dando Shaft. Reviewed Sounds 20 March 1971.
1971-03-11 UK, Guildford, Civic Hall. John Fahey, John Martyn, Gordon Giltrap, Bernie Roy, Nick Gray. "Contemporary Music in Guildford | 5-14 March 1971 | The Guildford Festival". Part two of 'The Contemporary Guitar.' Thursday, 7.30pm. Tickets 40p, 60p, 80p. Reviewed Sounds 20 March 1971.
1971-03-18 UK, Bradford, University. Michael Chapman, John Martyn, Dr Strangely Strange.
1971-03-19 UK, Bradford, University. Shared bill with Steeleye Span and Dr Strangely Strange.
1971-03-20 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
1971-04-05 UK, Richmond (Surrey), Hanging Lamp (Monday 8 p.m.). Solo concert.
1971-04-15 UK, Plymouth, Guildhall. Thursday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets 50p. Opening act for Mott The Hoople. "Van Dike and Island Artists ltd present | at the Guildhall | 8pm. thur. 15 April | in Concert | Mott The Hoople + John Martyn".
1971-04-18 UK, Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent), Victoria Hall. Sunday night, 19:30 hrs. Admission 50p. Opening act for Mott The Hoople; ticket mentions 'John Martin'.
1971-04-24 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
1971-05-09 UK, London, Paris Theatre. John opening for Groundhogs on John Peel Sunday Show concert by BBC Radio 1. A 21 minute recording survives.
1971-05-11 UK, Kingston, Get Stuffed. John Martyn - 8pm.
1971-06-18 UK, Sheffield, University. Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, John Martyn.
1971-06-19 UK, Reading, Town Hall. Michael Chapman, John Martyn, Wizz Jones, Pete Berryman. 7:30pm, tickets at door.
1971-07-10 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
1971-07-21 or 1971-07-22 UK, Glastonbury, first festival. John played for '9.000 hippies'. Actually there were 12.500 people. The real first Glastonbury was one year earlier.
1971-07-31 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
Early August 1971, John featured in a series 'Summer Folk Concerts '71'. Concerts took place in Falmouth, Newquay, Redruth and St Ives. John crossed Cornwall via the latter three and did five shows. Other acts involved Tir Na Nog (June), Bridget St. John, Storyteller, Third Ear Band, Keith Christmas (July), Wizz Jones, Steve Tilston and/or Gerry Lockran (August), Pig Sty Hill Light Orchestra and Mike Maran Being (September). All concerts had Strange Fruit as supporting act and were promoted by David Penprase (of Room at the Top) and MC'd by Keith Warmington (of Strange Fruit).
1971-08-02 UK, Newquay, Congregational Hall. Supporting act Strange Fruit. Monday night, 20:15 hrs.
1971-08-03 UK, Redruth, Room At The Top. Supporting act Strange Fruit. Tuesday night, 20:15 hrs.
1971-08-04 UK, Newquay, Congregational Hall. Supporting act Strange Fruit. Wednesday night, 20:15 hrs.
1971-08-05 UK, Redruth, Room At The Top. Supporting act Strange Fruit. Thursday night, 20:15 hrs.
1971-08-06 UK, St Ives, The Guildhall. Supporting act Strange Fruit. Friday night, 20:15 hrs.
1971-08-16 UK, Richmond, Hanging Lamp. John Martyn, 8pm, please come early!
1971-09-04 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
1971-09-10 UK, London, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Sandy Denny, John Martyn, Duncan Browne (part of the Festival of Progressive Music). Friday night, 19:45 hrs. Tickets £ 1.10, 90p, 70p, 45p. "September 10 is the concert debut of Sandy Denny, although the singer is also billed on the forthcoming Lincoln Festival. She is supported by John Martyn and Duncan Browne." (Record Mirror)
1971-09-17 UK, Worcester, Gaumont Theatre: supporting act for Traffic. "One-off promotion by a local Worcester guy called Mitch." (Ben Hodgkiss).
1971-09-20 UK, London, Playhouse Theatre (Northumberland Avenue). Recorded for John Peel session broadcast 20 October 1971.
1971-10-03 UK, London, Chalk Farm Roundhouse. IMPLOSION! 3:30pm-11:30pm - Fresh Form Frisco, Stoneground, Brinsley Schwartz, John Martyn, Help Yourself, Derrick & Armstrong, Jeff Dexter.
1971-10-23 UK, London, Les Cousins. 7:30-11pm - John Martyn.
1971-10-24 UK, Hull, Brickhouse.
1971-10-30 UK, London, PCL (Polytechnic of Central London, 115 New Cavendish Street). Saturday night, 19:30hrs. Admission 60p. Second evening of "Festival Three". Shared bill with Loudon Wainwright III, Mr Fox, Ian Campbell Group and Jeremy Taylor. "The last part of his set I experienced as being like waves of sound flowing down the hall, flowing over me, all around me, floating me... A bit like waves of low lying ripples of mist. A unique experience... And I hadn't smoked at any of those gigs, had never been stoned in my life at that point." (Joe Quilty).
1971-11-04 UK, London, Kingston Polytechnic. John Martyn, Roger Ruskin Spear, 8pm - 35p (members).
1971-11-09 UK, London, University College. "Tuesday Folk at | University College, London | Bridget St John | John Martyn". "All concerts start at 8 p.m. | Central Collegiate Theatre, Gordon St., WC1".
1971-11-12 UK, Lancaster, University. Friday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets 60p. Amazing Blondel, Bronco, John Martyn.
1971-11-18 UK, London, Queen Mary College. John Martyn, 7:45pm - 30p.
1971-11-19 UK, Plymouth, Van Dike (Exmouth Road). Friday night.
1971-11-21 Ireland, Belfast, Queen's University. Concert for students' Esoteric Music Society, admission 40p. Brendan Quayle was probably involved in this one.
1971-11-25 UK, Croydon, Fairfield Halls. "Thursday 25th November - 7.45pm | Island Artists present | Amazing Blondel & John Martyn". Review: "An acutely nervous John Martyn sadly gave a disjointed introverted performance. He seemed obsessed with his guitar playing to the neglect of his singing. As his voice can be uncommonly good, this seemed a waste." - We've come a long way...
1971-12-03 Netherlands, unknown. Parool newspaper announces in August that John Martyn will be touring in the Netherlands 3-12 December.
1971-12-00 UK, London, Paris Theatre, acoustic solo performance (Head and Heart, BBC Live; probably recorded for John Peel's BBC Rock Hour).
1971-12-19 UK, London (Camden), Chalk Farm Roundhouse (Sunday 15:30-23:00). IMPLOSION! - shared bill with Mott the Hoople, England Dan, John Ford Coley, Brett Marvin & the Thunderbolts, Gallagher & Lyle and Max Merriott & the Meteors. Admission 50p.
1972-00-00 UK, Bromley, Bromley College of Technology. (John was playing a Gibson Flying V guitar.)
Island Artists Tour with Bronco and Claire Hamill
1972-01-14 UK, Leeds, Polytechnic. (Friday). 350 enthousiastic people in the smaller of two halls.
1972-01-15 UK, Ripon, College of Education. (Saturday). Solo show without support acts. "It was an incredible concert especially as it was a private performance. I do not exaggerate when I say there were no more than 5 people in the audience. [...] John played the most incredible set of what seemed like an extended Glistening Glyndebourne jam." (Anand Prasad)
1972-01-21 UK, Huddersfield, Polytechnic. (Friday).
1972-01-22 UK, Twickenham College of Technology. "Saturday, January 22nd, 8 p.m. till late." Tickets 50p.
1972-01-26 UK, Manchester, University. (Wednesday).
1972-01-27 UK, Warwick, University. (Thursday).
1972-01-29 UK, Bradford, University. (Saturday).
1972-02-04 UK, Guildford, University of Surrey. Friday, 8:00pm. Tickets 40p. "sent presents | university of surrey | great hall | 8 till late. feb 4 | An Island Tour | featuring | Bronco John Martyn Claire Hammill."
1972-02-09 UK, Keele, University. (Wednesday).
1972-02-10 UK, London, City University. Thursday night.
1972-02-12 UK, Southampton, University. (Saturday).
1972-02-13 UK, Bangor, University of North Wales. (Sunday).
1972-02-16 UK, Lancaster, University of Lancaster. Wednesday night. Supporting act the Sutherland Brothers.
1972-02-18 UK, Birmingham, University. (Friday).
1972-02-19 UK, Colchester, Essex University. (Saturday).
1972-02-20 UK, Fulham, Greyhound. Probably solo.
1972-02-26 UK, London, Imperial College (Great Hall; Saturday). "Spring" concerts. Admission 50p.
1972-03-01 UK, Aberystwyth, University. (Wednesday).
1972-03-04 UK, Leicester, Polytechnic. Shared bill with Bronco and Bridget St John.
1972-03-09 Scotland, Hamilton, College of Education. (Thursday).
1972-03-10 Scotland, Stirling University. (Friday).
1972-03-11 Scotland, Edinburgh University. (Saturday).
1972-03-17 UK, London, London College of Furniture. Friday night. Tickets 40p. "Friday, March 17th | John Martyn | Sarah Gordon | + Bondage at | London College of Furniture | 41-71 Commercial Road, E.1 | (Aldgate East Tube) | Adm. 40p".
1972-03-21 Finland, Turku, Concert House. Opening for Free.
1972-03-22 Finland, Helsinki, Finlandia Hall. Opening for Free.
1972-04-00 UK, London, Les Cousins. John took part in the final concert that was given in the Les Cousins folk club when it closed down. "That night was simply amazing..." (Joe Quilty).
1972-04-12 Netherlands, Nijmegen, Diogenes. Wednesday. "Wo 12 Apr | John Martyn | Engelse Folkzanger".
1972-04-13 Belgium, Tournai | Doornik, Halle aux Draps | Lakenhal. Thursday. Supporting act Flash.
1972-04-14 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Friday. Supporting act Flash.
1972-04-21 UK, Ilford (London), General Havelock Soft Rock Club. "I was at the gig in Ilford. It was a small venue, full of friendly people. Everyone pretty much knew everyone else. The promoters, as was often the case in those days, weren't in it for the money. I got involved with banter as John was tuning up for Singing In The Rain which ended up mildly pornographic. The music was out of this world." (Tom Alford).
1972-05-08 UK, Richmond (Surrey), Hanging Lamp. This show was recorded from the mixing desk and the tape included in the September 2013 release The Island Years. Also separately released on vinyl.
1972-05-12 UK, Maidenhead, Grammar School. "John Martyn played a gig at our school (Maidenhead Grammar School). He was paid £50 for the privilige, and slept on the floor at one of the Upper Sixth form lad's houses!" (Phil Reid).
1972-05-20 UK, Aberystwyth, University. "John Martyn | Claire Hammill | A Concert in New Union Refec | Sat. 20th May - Start 8.00pm | Limited No of Tickets at 35p Each."
1972-05-21 UK, London, Sadlers Wells Theatre. Sunday afternoon concert (17:00 hrs) preceding Roy Harper evening show of 20:00 hrs. Shared bill with Claire Hamill and Roger Williamson. Tickets 25p, 50p, 75p, £ 1.00 and £ 1.25. Apparently this gig was cancelled, Roy Harper being seriously ill.
1972-05-28 UK, Lincoln, Great Western Express Festival. The festival lasted 26-29 May; John played in a "Giants Of Tomorrow" marquee sponsored by the NME.
1972-06-00 UK, Leyton (London), Down River 1.
1972-07-30 UK, Redcar, Redcar Jazz Club (at the ballroom of the Coatham Hotel). Dando Shaft & John Martyn.
Touring with Sandy Denny
1972-09-06 UK, London, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Shared bill with Sandy Denny.
1972-09-14 UK, Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent), Victoria Hall. Shared bill with Sandy Denny; John was supporting act. Admission 50p. The gig was scheduled for Friday 15 September but moved to the preceding Thursday due to unforeseen circumstances.
1972-09-22 Netherlands, Amsterdam, RAI Congrescentrum. Joint bill in Island Rock Festival on Friday night. Admission only fl 5,00. Large promotional event which also featured world premiere of film about Traffic. Other acts announced: Free, Vinegar Joe, Sandy Denny, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, Mike Harrison and Luther Grosvenor, and Smith, Perkins & Smith.
1972-10-05 UK, Liverpool, Liverpool Stadium. Shared bill with Sandy Denny.
1972-10-06 UK, Cambridge, University. Shared bill with Sandy Denny.
1972-10-07 UK, Bath, University. Shared bill with Sandy Denny.
1972-10-11 UK, Brighton, Brighton Dome. Shared bill with Sandy Denny. "The Dome | Brighton | Wednesday 11th October 1972 - 7.30 pm | island artists presents | An Evening With | Sandy Denny | with her friend | John Martyn | Admission 50p." "I snagged the poster the day after the show – it was a stunner, not unexpected considering the pedigree of Denny and Martyn" (Neil Raphael).
1972-10-12 UK, Newcastle, Civic Hall. Shared bill with Sandy Denny.
1972-10-14 UK, York, University. Shared bill with Sandy Denny.
1972-10-21 UK, Leicester, University.
1972-10-26 UK, Mile End (London), Sundown Theatre. Solo set opening for Sandy Denny. Bootlegged, 45 min. Apart from usual suspects versions of Little Bit Of Love, and Keep On.
1972-10-27 UK, Bolton, Institute of Technology.
1972-10-00 UK, Oxford, Town Hall. Shared bill with Sandy Denny. "This was late 1972. Both were excellent. What sticks in my mind was all of the gadgets the John used, loops etc. It was way ahead of its time." (Trevor Grant)
1972-11-08 UK, Manchester, University Union. (With Beverley, both playing acoustic guitars.)
1972-11-22 UK, Brighton, Polytechnic. With Beverley; supporting act Rainmaker. "Brighton Poly | present a concert with | John & Beverley Martyn | And Rain Maker | Wednesday 22nd November 8 til 11.30 | Bar - Tickets 50p".
1972-11-24 UK, London, Imperial College. With Beverley, main act Argent. "City + Guilds College - Allnighter | to be held in College Block Imperial College | London, S.W.7 | Friday, November 24th | Argent | John & Beverley Martyn | Ellis - Biggles - Rainmaker." Tickets £ 1.25 (door), £ 1.10 (advance).
1972-11-29 UK, Leeds, Leeds University. Supporting Sandy Denny.
1972-12-06 UK, Newcastle, City Hall. Shared bill with Sandy Denny. "Oz Records | of 87 Westgate Road, Newcastle, Present:- | A Folk Nite with Sandy Denny | and John Martyn | on | Wednesday, 6th December, at 8 p.m. | at | Newcastle City Hall | Doors open at 7.30 p.m. Compere: Scott Pickard." Tickets 65p.
1972-12-08 UK, Twickenham, Tech College. "Friday, December 8th, 7.30 p.m.-midnight | Christmas Feast | John Martyn | Dando Shaft | Pisces | Country Jug | Twickenham Tech., Egerton Road | Tickets 60p on night or 50p in advance from One Stop, Richmond; Parlour Sounds, Twickenham; Musicland, Hounslow or S.U. | Licensed Bar :: Lights".
American Tour with Traffic and Free
"When Traffic and Free play their opening concert tour of the States in January and February, John Martyn will be on the bill with them. Island Records thus has a nice field day with three of its acts all working together in person. The tour takes the package to large auditoriums." (Eliot Tiegel in Record Mirror, 13 Jan 1973)
1973-01-17 US, New Orleans (Louisiana), Loyola Fieldhouse.
1973-01-18 US, Houston, Sam Houston Coliseum. Thursday night, 19:55 hrs.
1973-01-19 US, Fort Worth (Texas), Tarrant County Convention Center.
1973-01-20 US, El Paso, Civic Center.
1973-01-21 US, Tucson, Arena.
1973-01-23 US, Long Beach, Arena. Tuesday night, 7:30pm. "2 Big Dates | KRLA presents | Traffic | special guest star | Free | introducing John Martyn." Tickets $6.50, $5.50, $4.50. Produced by Concert Associates.
1973-01-24 US, San Diego, Sports Arena.
1973-01-25 US, San Francisco (California), Winterland.
1973-01-26 US, San Francisco (California), Winterland.
1973-01-27 US, Santa Monica, Civic Auditorium. Saturday night, two shows: 7:00 and 11:30 pm. "2 Big Dates | KRLA presents | Traffic | special guest star | Free | introducing John Martyn." Tickets $6.50, $5.50, $4.50. Produced by Concert Associates.
1973-01-28 US, Albuquerque.
1973-01-29 US, Denver, Denver Coliseum. "It was a typical early 70s scene with people tossing frisbees across the arena and reggae music by Jimmy Cliff playing over the sound system. The energy was high and everyone was stoked for the concert. The announcer, who was British, walked up and announced that unfortunately the opening act was not available, and that the replacement was John. When John walked on stage alone with his old beat up Yamaha, you could feel the energy drain from the crowd... They were ready to party and you give us a folk singer? Needless to say, he mesmerized the whole place and they called him back for two encores." (James LeClair).
1973-01-31 US, St. Louis, Kiel Auditorium.
1973-02-01 US, Pittsburgh, Civic Arena. "Two of those groups, Traffic and Free, and singer John Martyn appeared at the Civic Arena last night for Pat DiCesare productions and drew a crowd of 13,219, almost all teen-agers." And: "Pittsburgh is nearly mid-point of the tour which will go into 28 cities." (The Pittsburgh Press).
1973-02-02 US, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Spectrum Arena. Saturday. Tickets $4, $5 and $6. "Sat Feb 2 | Traffic | John Martyn | Special Guest | Free | Produced by Spivak-Magid | Pick up a free copy of Concert Magazine at all concerts."
1973-02-03 US, Baltimore (Maryland), Civic Center.
1973-02-04 US, Chicago (Illinois), Kinetic Playground.
1973-02-06 US, Detroit.
1973-02-08 US, New York, Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, Long Island). "Concerts East Presents In Concert | Traffic with their special guests | Free and John Martyn | Thursday, February 8, 8.00 pm | Nassau Coliseum." Tickets $ 4.50, $ 5.50 and $ 6.00.
1973-02-09 US, New York, Academy of Music.
1973-02-10 US, New York, Academy of Music.
1973-02-11 US, Boston (Massachusetts), Music Hall.
1973-02-13 US, Williamsburg (Virginia), College of William and Mary. Tuesday night. Tickets $ 6.00.
1973-02-14 US, Atlanta, Municipal Auditorium. Wednesday night, 19:00 hrs. Tickets $ 5.50. "Howard Stein Presents | Traffic".
1973-02-15 US, Orlando.
1973-02-16 US, Tampa, Curtis Hixon Hall.
1973-02-17 US, Hollywood, Florida Sportatorium.
This tour consisted of 35 dates in 39 days. (Liquorice interview). "He played about 30-minute sets and because of the vast stadia Martyn found that he could only perform his "electric side". (Geoff Brown in Melody Maker). Eight days later Martyn was back in America for a ...
1973-02-25 US, ... Solo tour supporting Solid Air sales that 'went well' and lasted six weeks.
Solid Air Tour
1973-03-02 UK, Bolton, Institute of Technology.
1973-03-08 UK, London Kensington, Town Hall.
1973-03-09 UK, York, University. "I remember John Martyn at York University Central Hall sometime around about 1974? The hall wasn't full, maybe 2-300 people and he got everyone to move down to the front. He had a hip flask and a couple of joints in his pockets. At some point he passed one or more of these items out into the audience. He had his fairly newly acquired electric box of tricks and we floated on seemingly timeless waves of his imagination as well as listening to songs from Solid Air and Bless the Weather." (A fan from Huddersfield).
1973-03-10 UK, Durham, Trevellian College.
1973-03-11 UK, Hull, Arts Centre.
1973-03-13 UK, Norwich, University of East Anglia.
1973-03-17 UK, Portsmouth, Polytechnic.
1973-03-23 UK, Slough, College of Technology.
1973-03-25 UK, Euston (London), Shaw Theatre.
1973-04-02 US, Denver (CO), Ebbets Field. Supporting act for Mahavishnu Orchestra. Possibly also on 03 April.
1973-04-03 US, Los Angeles, Troubadour. Supporting act for Incredible String Band. Listed in Billboard of 14 April 1973.
1973-04-04 US, Los Angeles, Troubadour. Supporting act for Incredible String Band.
1973-04-06 US, Los Angeles, Troubadour. Supporting act for Incredible String Band.
1973-04-08 US, Los Angeles, Troubadour. Supporting act for Incredible String Band.
1973-04-12 UK, London, Rainbow Theatre (Finsbury Park). Supporting act for Traffic. There were two shows: Thursday night, 18:30 and 21:30 hrs. "Island Artists present | Traffic In Concert & John Martyn | 1st performance 6-30 p.m. || 2nd performance 9-30 p.m. | Thursday, April 12th, 1973". Tickets £ 1.50 (stalls).
1973-04-26 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Shared bill with Maxime Leforestier. Thursday.
1973-04-27 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Shared bill with Maxime Leforestier. Friday.
1973-04-28 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Shared bill with Maxime Leforestier. Saturday. These three shows in a row must have been a success as the theatre organised this once again December 1974.
1973-04-29 Belgium, Huy, Maison de la Culture. Sunday.
1973-05-05 UK, Durham, University. "Rag Ball | Dunelm House, | Saturday, 5th May | 8.00 p.m. Tickets £1 | Appearing Al Stewart | John Martyn | Keith Christmas | Plus University Folk & Disco."
1973-05-09 UK, Lancaster, Lancaster University. Supporting act John Renbourne and Jacqui McShee.
1973-05-18 UK, York, University.
1973-05-26 UK, West Wycombe (Buckinghamshire); solo echoplex set on Soundscene '73, an all day open air festival. Headline act was Roy Wood's Wizzard. Saturday, admission £ 1.00; "All artists appearing free in aid of the New Chilterns Samaritan Centre."
"Roy Wood's Wizzard arrived at the venue in a 'novelty' train of the type normally to be found in English seaside resorts! The entire show was compered by former Radio One DJ Noel Edmonds. From my (admittedly hazy) memory of the event, JM played for less than a hour, performing a set heavy with Echoplex. I remember being quite impressed at the time." (Dave Peatey).
1973-06-02 UK, Leicester, Polytechnic.
1973-06-03 UK, London, Shaw Theatre. Supporting act Longdancer. Sunday night, 19:30 hrs; admission 65p. "On selected UK summer dates he will be supported by Longdancer who recently signed for Elton John’s Rocket label."
1973-07-17 UK, Chatham, Medway Folk Centre (Kent). Solo gig recorded reel to reel by owner George Harden. Released on CD May 2007.
1973-08-11 Finland, Turku, Ruissalo island. Saturday. Ruisrock festival, shared bill with Status Quo, Vinegar Joe, Roy Wood's Wizzard, Tasavallan Presidentti, Wigwam, Savage Rose, Rohdes Rockers.
1973-08-22 Scotland, Edinburgh, Empire Theatre. Wednesday night, 23:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1.50. This was part of the Edinburgh Festival - one of ten concerts which marked the first time rock music appeared at the Festival. "Bruce's promotions present the edinburgh pop festival '73 | in association with the Edinburgh International Festival | Wednesday August 22 John Martyn in concert with Horslips | All concerts commence 11.30 Doors Open 11.00 p.m. | Front stalls £1.50 Back stalls/ balcony £1.25 | Upper balcony 75p". Reviewed in NME.
1973-08-26 UK, Reading, Richfield Avenue; 12th National Jazz Blues & Rock Festival (24-26 August). John and Danny Thompson played in the early Sunday afternoon and put on a strong show. Same bill as Sensational Alex Harvey Band and headliners Genesis. Other acts were Medicine Head, Ange and Roy Buchanan. The final day of the festival was opened by Italian band Premiata Forneria Marconi who got the power cut off during their final song.
Promoting Inside Out
with Danny Thompson
1973-10-03 Scotland, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University.
1973-10-03 UK, High Wycombe, Town Hall. Same date announced by Sounds, 11th August.
1973-10-04 Scotland, Dundee, University.
1973-10-05 House Call (STV). Scottish tv-programme.
1973-10-06 Scotland, Glasgow, University. Queen Margaret Union.
1973-10-10 Sounds of the Seventies.
1973-10-11 UK, Coventry, Warwick University.
1973-10-12 UK, Hatfield, Hatfield Polytechnic. Reviewed in Sounds of 27 Oct 1973.
1973-10-13 UK, Leeds, Leeds University.
1973-10-14 UK, Euston (London), Shaw Theatre, with Danny Thompson, supporting act Bridget St. John. Sunday, two shows, 18:00 and 20:45 hrs. Both sold out, admission 75p... (reviewed NME 20 Oct).
1973-10-15 UK, Oxford, Polytechnic.
1973-10-16 Old Grey Whistle Test.
1973-10-17 UK, Keele, University.
1973-10-19 UK, Bradford, University.
1973-10-20 UK, Hull, University.
1973-10-21 UK, Gravesend, Civic Theatre.
1973-10-24 UK, Manchester, University.
1973-10-25 UK, Sheffield, University.
1973-10-26 UK, Aberystwyth, University.
1973-10-27 UK, Bristol, University.
1973-10-29 UK, Birmingham, Aston University.
1973-10-31 UK, Colchester, Essex University.
1973-11-02 UK, Norwich, University of East Anglia.
1973-11-03 UK, Leicester, Polytechnic (Hawthorn Hall). Supporting act Gasworks. Tickets 50p advance, 70p door.
1973-11-29 US, Tulsa (Oklahoma), Tulsa Assembly Center. Opening for Foghat and Humble Pie. "Echoplex guitar playing solo in a cavern like, lousy acoustic hockey/basketball venue." (Steve Darr)
1973-12-02 US, San Antonio (Texas), Municipal Auditorium. With Foghat and Humble Pie.
1973-12-05 US, Kansas City (Missouri), Cowtown Ballroom. Supporting Foghat. John: "Worst night I ever had. It was the same sort of vibe as Spinal Tap, if you can imagine that. The gig was at a place called the Kansas City Cow House and just as we were finishing up it started to burn down, so I swiftly moved my guitar and amp and left."
1973-12-07 US, Charleston (WV), Civic Center. Shared bill with Foghat and REO Speedwagon. Show mentioned in Mountain tour archive.
1973-12-09 US, Plattsburgh (NY), SUNY Plattsburgh Gym. Solo show mentioned in Mountain tour archive.
1973-12-10 US, New York, Hofstra University. (Listed Billboard 15 Dec).
1973-12-11 US, Wilson (North Carolina), Christian College. (Listed Billboard 15 Dec).
Supporting act for Yes
on US Tales from Topographic Oceans tour
(not all gigs, by the way)
On the tour, he shared bills with Lou Reed, Dave Mason and Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt.
1974-01-28 US, Los Angeles, Troubadour. John opened the tour with a week at The Troubadour Los Angeles, which ended Sunday 3rd of February.
1974-02-03 US, Los Angeles, Troubadour. Sunday; end of warming-up week.
1974-02-06 US, Kansas City (New York), Max's (upstairs). Billboard lists more concerts, from 6-11 February, in the issue of 9 Feb 1974.
1974-02-08 US, Miami, Miami Baseball Stadium. Supporting Yes.
1974-02-09 US, Florida, Tampa Stadium (coldest night of the year; audience disrespectful to John).
1974-02-10 US, Columbia (South Carolina), Carolina Coliseum (University of South Carolina). "John Martyn opened up for them, who was really good, but I couldn't wait for him to finish." (Bill Dunn).
1974-02-11 US, Atlanta (Georgia), Alexander Memorial Coliseum. "A gentleman (I cannot recall his name) opened the show playing an acoustic guitar and singing. He was pretty good. I remember one song being about a river. The guitar was run through an echoplex." (Mark Brown).
1974-02-12 US, Roanoke (Virginia), Civic Center Coliseum. "John Martyn opened, letting us know that his set was just a sort of sound check. 'If you want to fuck, have a good screw,' he said." (Edward Kyle).
"I had no idea who he was but I thought then that he was AMAZING - his sound was so THICK it seemed like you could take a knife and cut it out of the air." (Spifclown).
1974-02-13 US, Baltimore (Maryland), Civic Center. "The audience, all abuzz about Yes, talked throughout opening act John Martyn's set, making him so angry he cursed the crowd from the stage." (Jeff Smith).
1974-02-22 Canada, Toronto, Maple Leaf Gardens. Friday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets $ 6.60. "When cult-followed John Martyn appeared before the masses for the first time in Toronto and Montreal (Feb. 22 & 25) it was preceding Yes, and most of the fans probably didn't need an acoustic folkie to set them up for the Grand Rock they had paid for." (Billboard, March 30 1974). Nevertheless they saw, "warm-up: John Martyn, sitting on a stool with a thundering Martin acoustic."
1974-02-24 US, Ithaca (New York), Barton Hall (Cornell University). Sunday night, 20:00 hrs; tickets $ 4.00. "Cornell Concert Commission of University Unions presents YES | Sunday, February 24, 1974 - 8:00 P.M. | Barton Hall, Cornell University". "John Martyn opened, and we got off on that. The music was spacey acoustic guitar, and the sound guy was doing these cool quadraphonic effects, bouncing the guitar sound all around the hall." (Miner Gleason).
1974-02-25 Canada, Montreal, Forum.
1974-02-27 US, Detroit (Michigan), Cebo Hall. Capacity 11,400. Supporting act to Yes.
1974-03-01 US, Hershey (Pennsylvania), Hersheypark Arena. Capacity 7.225. Supporting act to Yes.
1974-03-02 US, Louisville (Kentucky), Louisville Convention Center. "That YES concert was a magical night. I doubt anyone in the audience had even heard of John Martyn. He was the perfect opening to the evening." (Parker Drew).
1974-03-03 US, Cincinnati (Ohio), Cincinnati Gardens. Supporting act to Yes. Tickets $ 5.00.
1974-03-06 US, Chicago (Illinois), International Amphi Theatre. "I recall a guy coming onstage by himself with a guitar and then, before even playing a note, walking off. Somebody later told me that it was John Martyn and that he was disgusted with the setup and split." (Bradford Harvey).
1974-03-08 UK, Lancaster, Lancaster University. Supporting act David Elliott.
1974-03-10 UK, Gravesend (Kent), Woodville Hall.
1974-03-16 UK, London, Imperial College (Prince Consort Road, SW7). Saturday, supporting act Rab Noakes. Tickets 80p advance, £ 1.00 door.
1974-03-25 France, Paris, Olympia. Two shows in this theatre at Boulevard des Capucines. One was recorded by Brian Pickering and Brian Humphries on the Island mobile unit. Three songs were issued on Solid Air De Luxe in 2009.
1974-04-00 UK, London, The Roundhouse (supporting act Dr Feelgood).
1974-05-04 UK, Leicester, Polytechnic, Hawthorn Hall. Supporting act Halcyon. Tickets £ 1. "Leicester Polytechnic presents | in Concert | Halcyon and John Martyn | 80p with N.U.S. in advance £1 otherwise | Sat 4 May at 8pm | Hawthorn Hall."
1974-05-12 UK, London, Chalk Farm Roundhouse. Sunday, 15:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1.00. "Greasy Truckers present at the Roundhouse | John Martyn | Carol Grimes | Byzantium | Rocky Rickettes and the Jet Pilots of Jive | (Bath Arts Workshop) | DJ Mark Poppins Alpha Centauri Lights | Sunday May 12th | 3.30-10.30 One Pound."
1974-05-14 UK, London, Imperial College. John Martyn and Rab Noakes. Admission 80p advance, £ 1 door.
1974-05-23 Scotland, Glasgow, Cumbernauld Theatre. Tickets £ 4.25, £ 2.50 standing.
1974-05-24 Scotland, Glasgow, Cumbernauld Theatre. Tickets £ 4.25, £ 2.50 standing.
1974-05-26 UK, Hull, Spring Street Theatre. Tickets £ 4.00.
1974-05-27 UK, Hull, Spring Street Theatre. Tickets £ 4.00.
1974-05-28 UK, Sheffield University. Tickets Tickets £ 3.50 (advance), £ 4.00 (door).
1974-06-00 UK, Southampton, with Danny Thompson (reviewed NME 29 June).
1974-06-02 Scotland, GLC Jobs & Environment Festival.
1975-06-28 Scotland, Edinburgh, Caley Picture House. "Brian Adams presents | The Remarkable | John Martyn | with guest | Friday 28th June at 11.30 pm." Tickets circle £ 1.00.
1974-07-05 UK, London, Olympia National Hall; London Rock Proms. With Danny Thompson. Three day festival; part of Friday night bill, with Fairport Convention, Roy Harper, Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Keith Christmas and 'special guest Beverly Martyn'. Tickets £ 2,60. (reviewed NME 13 July).
1974-10-05 US, Chester (Pennsylvania), Widener College. Saturday night, opening act for John Sebastian and Leo Kottke. Concert following homecoming game of Widener football team. Bootlegged, audience tape (0:48).
1974-10-06 US, Winston-Salem (NC), Wait Chapel on campus at Wake Forest University. Sunday night. 55 minute solo set as opening act for John Sebastian. Setlist 8:30 Outside In, 8:40 May You Never, 8:45 Easy Blues, 8:51 Make No Mistake, 8:58 Bless the Weather, 9:02 Singing In the Rain, 9:05 Head and Heart, 9:10 Sugar Lump, 9:13 Rather Be the Devil, 9:20 The Glory of Love, 9:25 Set over. (J. Batchelor). The show was reviewed in the Old Gold and Black newspaper of Friday, 11 Oct.
1974-10-10 US, Loudonville (NY), Gibbons Hall. Opening act for John Sebastian. "The Student Center Entertainment Committee - Sienna College presents." Thursday evening, 20:00 hours. Admission $ 4.00, students $ 2.50.
1974-10-14 US, Worcester (MA). Shared bill with John Sebastian. Supporting act the Strongheart Band. "John was a great guy and very friendly to us." (Gabby Hendricks)
1974-10-31 US, Springfield (MA), Sanderson Theatre. Shared bill with Focus (main act) and Gentle Giant. Thursday evening, 20:00 hours. Admission $ 6.00, $ 5.00 and $ 4.00 (balcony).
1974-12-12 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Thursday.
1974-12-13 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Friday.
1974-12-14 Belgium, Brussels Schaarbeek, Théâtre 140. Saturday. Piero Kenroll describes these three consecutive nights as 'parfaitement pelant'. Which means perfectly boring.
Extensive touring to promote Sunday's child
Danny Thompson, Jon Stevens and Paul Kossoff for the encores (but not on the bill; he only showed op half of the times).
Sunday's Child Tour
Supporting act Lucas & McCulloch. Backing the Scottish duo are Kenny Slaven (fiddle) and two members of the JSD Band, Jim Divers (bass) and Iain Lyon (guitar).
1975-01-17 UK, Old Grey Whistle Test.
1975-01-18 UK, Lancaster, University. Saturday night, announced Record Mirror. [There is also a reference to 08 January.] Supporting act Brown's Home Brew or Lucas & McCulloch.
1975-01-19 Scotland, Leith (Edinburgh), Citadel (Leith Halls). Sunday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1.30, 90p balcony. "Brian Adams presents John Martyn in Concert with Guests." Support act were Lucas & McCulloch. Reviewed Melody Maker 25 Jan.
1975-01-20 Scotland, Glasgow, City Hall. Monday night. "JM and Danny Thompson. I was utterly blown away by the musical pyrotechnics they presented from Solid Air and Inside Out. After Outside In the guy in front of me, who'd been a bit uncomfortable with the new sounds he was hearing, turned to his partner and said 'Now THAT was fucking BEAUTIFUL!' JM had some problems with a heckler in the audience who turned out to be someone he knew. The guy wouldn't shut up, until eventually JM stood up and shouted 'If you don't fucking shut your mouth I'll come up there and shut it for you!' The audience were behind JM all the way. And the guy DID shut up... I floated home." (David Ward Maclean).
1975-01-22 UK, Newcastle Polytechnic.
1975-01-23 UK, Leicester University.
1975-01-24 UK, Uxbridge (London), Brunel University S.U. Social Club. Supporting act Brown's Home Brew. Friday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets 90p.
1975-01-25 UK, Colchester, Essex University.
1975-01-29 UK, Aberystwyth, University of Aberystwyth.
1975-01-30 UK, Bristol, University of Bristol. Thursday night, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh. First gig with Paul Kossoff.
1975-01-31 UK, Hull, University of Hull. Friday night, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh.
1975-02-01 UK, Sheffield, University of Sheffield. Saturday night, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh.
1975-02-02 UK, London, Victoria Palace Theatre (with Paul Kossoff). Sunday night, two shows, sold out. Supporting act Lucas & McCulloch (bootlegged, 90 minutes). Tickets £ 1.50, £ 1.25, £ 1.00 and 75p.
1975-02-04 UK, Swansea, University. Tuesday night, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh.
1975-02-05 UK, Cardiff, University of Cardiff.
1975-02-07 UK, Norwich, University of East Anglia.
1975-02-08 UK, Portsmouth, Guildhall (for Portsmouth Polytechnic). Ticket price £ 1.00.
1975-02-10 UK, Cambridge, University of Cambridge. Monday night.
1975-02-11 UK, Nottingham, University of Nottingham. Tuesday night, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh (announced by Record Mirror). "John was joined by Danny Thompson on bass and John Stevens on drums. Apparently Paul Kossoff was supposed to be there, but was apparently chemically inconvenienced." (Bob Meyrick)
1975-02-12 UK, Liverpool, University of Liverpool.
1975-02-13 UK, Leeds, University of Leeds (Live at Leeds was recorded here) (with Paul Kossoff). "John Martyn In Concert | Presented by Leeds University Union | Thursday 13th February | in the Refectory 7:30pm | Tickets 75p from Porters, Services, Union, Door"
1975-02-14 UK, Warwick, East Anglia University. Friday night, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh.
1975-02-15 UK, Manchester, University of Salford (with Paul Kossoff). Saturday night. Record Mirror announced a show for this date at Portsmouth Guild Hall, supporting act Lucas & McCullogh.
1975-03-01 UK, London, Imperial College. With Danny Thompson, John Stevens and Paul Kossoff for the encore. "Imperial College | Prince Consort Road, S.W.7 | Saturday 1st Mar. John Martyn". Tickets 90p advance, £1 door. Reviewed by NME's Chris Salewicz two weeks later.
1975-03-16 UK, London, Rainbow Theatre Act in the last live concert, captured on Over The Rainbow album. All tickets £ 1.00. Also on the bill Sassafras, Hatfield and The North, Richard and Linda Thompson, Frankie Miller, Procul Harum, Kevin Coyne. "Martyn played over his time limit, however, and was refused the encore demanded, which seemed slightly unfair as Procol Harum who followed were to play for a stultifying two hours (it seemed like weeks)." (Steve Lake in Melody Maker of 22nd March).
Eight venue tour with Danny Thompson and John Stevens
1975-05-16 UK, Guildford, University of Surrey. Friday night. With Danny Thompson and John Stevens. Supporting act Wizz Jones. (Reviewed Melody Maker 24th May.)
1975-05-17 Ireland, Dublin, University. Saturday night. Record Mirror announced this as 'Ulster University'.
1975-05-18 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Queen's University. Sunday night.
1975-05-19 UK, Bristol, Victoria Rooms. Monday night, announced Record Mirror.
1975-05-20 Belgium, Brussels, ULB Université Libre de Bruxelles, Janson Auditorium. Tuesday. Shared bill with Steeleye Span.
1975-05-22 UK, Birmingham, Town Hall. Thursday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1.00 (ground floor). 'Steve Royston presents | John Martyn | plus support | Thursday, 22 May, 1975, at 1930 hours | Latecomers will not be admitted until a convenient break in the programme.'
1975-05-23 UK, New Cross (London), Goldsmiths College.
1975-05-24 UK, Oxford, Polytechnic, with Danny Thompson. Saturday night. "One of my all time top 10 gigs" (Victor Yorke)
1975-05-25 UK, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (supporting act Hedgehog Pie). Sunday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1.50, £ 1.25, £ 1.00, 75p. "Bob Fisher for Virgin Concerts | presents | John Martyn | plus | Hedgehog Pie". Paul Kossoff for the encore. Reviewed NME of 07 Jun 1975.
1975-06-19 Netherlands, Rotterdam, De Lantaren. Thursday night, 20:30 hrs. Double bill with Woods Band.
1975-06-30 Germany, Freiburg (solo), first concert in Germany, only one too in this period. Described in Sounds.
1975-07-04 Switzerland, Montreux, Casino. Solo performance at jazz festival. John appears on Guitar Night along with Bert Jansch and Larry Coryell.
1975-08-16 France, Orange, Amphitheatre, first Festival d'Orange. Opening act for Saturday; 12.000 people in 9.000 seater. NME one week later: "There is John Martyn, who we hear getting applause for his last number as Our party enters the chariot stables (the backstage area). Unfortunately I'm too late to catch the set but there's no doubt the French are going mildly spare. Martyn is apoplectic with disbelief when he comes offstage.'Couldn't believe it,' he splutters to ZigZag's Andy Childs. 'Play on one beat, they clap on another. Couldn't see what was going on, me eyes were shut, but I had to change to get in time with them. Then they changed back again.'"
Laurent Olszer remembers the show as being "quite successful with the audience".
1975-00-00 UK, London, Regent Park Open Air Theatre (Solo concert.)
1975-09-17 Germany, Bremen, Rathaus/ Festsaal (Town Hall). Solo gig produced by Radio Bremen ("Forum Junge Musik"). Second concert in Germany and better received than Freiburg. Released as On Air as late as 2006.
1975-09-21 UK, London, Theatre Royal (Drury Lane). "Virgin Concerts Present John Martyn plus Out To Lunch. 7.30 pm, Sunday, September 21st. Tickets £ 1.50, £ 1.25, £ 1.00, 50p." "A lot of swearing but great music and Paul Kossoff came on for the encore." (John Hawkins).
1975-09-24 UK, Birmingham, Town Hall. 'On Tour With Special Guests Out To Lunch'. "Virgin Concerts present | John Martyn plus support | Wednesday, 24th September, 1975, at 19:30 hours." Admission £ 1.25.
1975-09-29 Scotland, Leith (Edinburgh), Citadel Centre. 'On Tour With Special Guests Out To Lunch'. "Leith Theatre | Edinburgh (formerly Leith Town Hall) | Doors open 7.00 pm | Monday 29 Sept. 1975 at 7.30 pm | Virgin Records Present | John Martyn | in concert plus support | Stalls £ 1.50."
1975-09-30 Scotland, Glasgow, City Hall. Tuesday night, 19:30 hrs. 'On Tour With Special Guests Out To Lunch'. "Tuesday | 30 September, 1975 | Virgin Concerts | present | John Martyn." Doors open 7.00pm, tickets £ 1.00 (stalls).
1975-11-00 UK, Colchester, Essex University (Lecture Theatre, Wivenhoe Park). "I was only there 75-76 so it couldn't have been the '77 concert" (Alan Carter).
1975-11-01 UK, Kingston, Polytechnic. (Main Hall, 20:00 hrs, admission 85p).
1975-11-03 UK, Exeter, University.
1975-11-04 UK, Penzance, Winter Gardens.
1975-11-06 France, Paris, Bataclan. With Danny Thompson. Tickets 20 FF (mentioned in French Sunday's child press kit).
1975-11-07 UK, London, North London Polytechnic. With Danny Thompson. Friday night, 20:00 hrs, 'come early'. "John and Hedgehog Pie at the North London Polytechnic - Bar, disco, lights - £ 1.10 in advance, £ 1.30 on the door." Broken PA and broken bass. Reviewed NME and Melody Maker one week later.
1975-11-08 UK, Loughborough, University.
1975-11-08 UK, Southampton, University. [cancelled]
1975-11-09 UK, Sheffield, Grosvenor House Hotel.
1975-11-12 UK, Bedworth, Civic Hall. [cancelled]
1975-11-13 UK, Plymouth, Guildhall. Thursday night.
1975-11-14 UK, Bath, University.
1975-11-15 UK, Manchester, University. With Danny Thompson. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie.
1975-11-19 UK, Reading, Reading University. John played with Danny Thompson and John Stevens with Hedgehog Pie as support.
1975-11-20 UK, London, Middlesex Polytechnic.
1975-11-21 UK, Bristol, Polytechnic.
1975-11-22 UK, Sheffield, University.
1975-11-26 UK, Leeds, Leeds University. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie. From the poster: "Leeds University Union presents | John Martyn | Saturday 26th November | 7:30pm | Plus Support | In the Refectory | Tickets £1.25 from Porters Services Door."
1975-11-27 Scotland, Dundee, University. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie.
1975-11-28 Scotland, Stirling, University. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie.
1975-11-29 Scotland, Glasgow, Strathclyde University. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie.
1975-11-30 UK, Newcastle, City Hall. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie. Also on the bill Pete Scott. John apologised for Danny Thompson not being present.
1975-12-01 UK, Brighton, Dome.
John did seventy-five gigs in the course of 1975 and needed a long sabbatical afterwards.
1976-01-09 UK, Hastings, The Carlisle. Friday night. With Danny Thompson. John became very annoyed with people talking during his performance. Phil Gill remembers a great gig: "JM's best put down of the night was aimed at a woman constantly talking loudly in the audience, and I quote: 'Look, I've got a 2000 watt PA here and I still can't hear myself for you talking, so shut up. If my wallet was as big as your mouth, I'd be the richest c*** in Hastings.' Only with more swearing involved..." Concert was announced and reviewed in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer.
1976-04-30 UK, Lancaster, Lancaster University. Supporting act Brian Robertson Band (with Herbie Flowers).
1976-05-01 Scotland, Glasgow, Queen Margaret Student Union (Glasgow University). Saturday night, 20:00 hours; tickets 85p... With Danny Thompson, supported by Hedgehog Pie. "It was the night of the Scottish Cup Final and Rangers had beaten Hearts 3-1. During the gig, John Martyn, who was accompanied by Danny Thompson, mentioned something about Celtic and the whole place erupted into something akin to Wild West brawl. I can't remember if order was restored or the gig continued, but years later, and just by chance I mentioned this incident to a guy whilst talking about music in general and John Martyn in particular. It so happened this guy was Mick Doonan who had played in Hedgehog Pie at that time. He remembered the night well and said when it all kicked off, John Martyn actually jumped down off the stage into the midst of the brawl and chinned a couple of students!" (Simon Godley).
1976-05-28 Belgium, Brussels, Halles de Schaerbeek | Hallen van Schaarbeek. Friday.
1976-05-29 Belgium, Brussels, Halles de Schaerbeek | Hallen van Schaarbeek. Supporting act Kleptomania. Saturday.
1976-07-03 UK, Newcastle, City Hall.
1976-07-04 UK, London, Regent's Park, Open Air Theatre; Sundays in the Park show. Sunday 20:00 hrs, tickets £ 1.00, £ 1.75 and £ 2.00. Solo concert for capacity crowd (reviewed NME 10 Jul). Headlines the gig, Hedgehog Pie in support. Show was recorded for subsequent transmission on Capital Radio, 15 October 1976.
1976-07-06 UK, Newcastle, City Hall. Supporting act Hedgehog Pie. Also on the bill Pete Scott. John apologised for Danny Thompson not being present. "He rocked on his seat to the echo bits - brilliant" (Neil Thompson).
1976-07-13 UK, Ilford (London), Tiffany's.
1976-07-25 UK, Charnock Richard (Chorley), Park Hall. Sunday night, closing act of three day July Wakes Festival, with Danny Thompson. Day ticket £ 3.25. Line-up for the day was DJ Jerry Floyd, San Tracy & guests, Plexus, Pete Farrow, New Celeste, Dransfield, Bob Pegg, Pete Atkin, Bert Jansch, Richard Digance, The Chieftains, Hedgehog Pie and John at 22:00 hrs (compered by Tony Capstick).
"Best performance of festival" (Clare Broderick). Other acts included Martin Simpson, Five Hand Reel, Magna Carta, Alan Stivell and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
1976-09-12 Scotland, Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre. Sunday night, 19:30 hrs, tickets £ 2.00. John was one of the acts during the Festival Of Popular Music and shared the bill with Bert Jansch and Davy Johnstone. The festival lasted from August 20 through September 17. Other artists were for instance Queen (2 nights), Soft Machine, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Billy Connolly.
1976-10-29 UK, Nottingham, Victoria Leisure Centre (solo). Liquorice magazine benefit, recorded from soundboard onto cassette by David Belbin. Released as Live In Nottingham 76. "An Evening Of Solid Air | John Martyn • Kevin Coyne | Bridget St. John • Brindaband | at Victoria Leisure Centre | Gedling Street • Nottingham | on Friday • October 29th • 1976 • 6-12 p.m. | £1.25 (Advance) £1.50 (Door) | "Liquorice Benefit".
"The audience was very lively by the time he came on and the repeated calls for May You Never get a little irritating. To my knowledge, it was the first time he played an electric guitar on stage (he did a stunning improvisation in the sound check) and the song about Paul Kossof, Dead On Arrival was debuted here, as was the classic One For The Road in a far superior version to its official release 28 years later." (Anonymous).
The name Brindaband was used for the first time that concert. The performing order was inverse to the ticket: so Bridget was second on the bill, followed by Kevin Coyne and John Martyn.
1976-10-00 France, Paris La Villette, La Grande Halle. Fête Rouge (Fête de l'Humanité). John opened quite successfully for this all-night festival.
1976-00-00 Scotland, Glasgow, Pavilion (solo, One World tour). "His joint never seemed to go out!" (Jim McAllister)
1976-12-05 UK, Sheffield, Highcliffe Hotel. (Sunday). "It was in a small room above the pub where he had played at folk clubs there in the past. Brilliant, intimate solo gig." (Chris Taylor).
1976-12-25_26 US, Boston, John opened in a small club for Mose Allison. "He was bigger, bearded but still bouncy." (Mark Cooper)
So Far So Good Tour
February/ March: 14 dates in Britain and Ireland to promote the compilation album.
1977-02-04 UK, York, University of York (solo), supporting act Wizz Jones. "No smoking, no dancing." Friday night concert reviewed NME 26 Feb. "I went and remember he definitely played Dead On Arrival and One For the Road on his guitar strung with octave 12 string strings, as per Liquorice benefit." (Chris Taylor). Admission £ 1.10.
1977-02-05 UK, Sheffield, University. Saturday.
1977-02-06 UK, Belfast, Queen's University. Sunday.
1977-02-07 Ireland, Dublin, Liberty Hall. Monday.
1977-02-08 UK, Coleraine, New Ulster University. Tuesday.
1977-02-11 UK, Canterbury, Kent University. "Kent Ents '77 presents | John Martyn | + Guest support | at the Odeon, Friars, Canterbury | Friday February 11 at 8pm | Tickets £2.00 and £1.50 available by post from the Odeon, and by personal application."
1977-02-12 UK, Colchester, University of Essex, Lecture Theatre Building. (Saturday, solo plus support act). Advance tickets £ 1.20, doors open 8.30 pm.
1977-02-18 UK, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Western London), Brunel University, Kingdom Room (Friday, solo plus support act). Advance tickets £ 1.00, door £ 1.20. "Bar available to club members."
1977-02-19 UK, Nottingham, Nottingham University. 19:30 hrs, tickets £ 1.00. Saturday night gig recorded by John Moon for Radio Trent; excellent sounding master reel to reel tapes surviving amounting to 90 minutes. "N.U.S.U. | in co-operation with | the Kinsella Klan present | John Martyn | plus Support | Sat.19th.Feb.7.30 | Portland Building | Univ. Park | Bar Disco | TKTS. £1.00 | a NURKSOC production."
1977-02-20 UK, London, New Victoria Theatre. Sunday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1.00, £ 1.25, £ 1.65, £ 2.00 and £ 2.25. "John Martin [sic] for Classic Concerts in association with Bruce May presents John Martyn". 500 standing, broke box office record. Possibly played Dead On Arrival, reviewed National Rockstar 26 February.
1977-02-21 UK, Coventry, Warwick University. Monday.
1977-02-22 UK, Leeds, Leeds University. Tuesday.
1977-02-25 UK, Liverpool, Eric's Club. Friday.
1977-02-26 UK, Manchester, University. Saturday.
1977-03-01 UK, Old Grey Whistle Test.
1977-03-24 UK, London, Half Moon, Putney (Lower Richmond Road). Solo. Thursday night benefit for Hamish Imlach, organised by John and announced Record Mirror.
1977-03-25 Germany, Hamburg (probably), Musikhalle (supporting act for J.J. Cale).
1977-04-04 Belgium, Brussels, ULB Université Libre de Bruxelles, Janson Auditorium. Supporting act WIM. Monday night. "John Martyn & his band".
1977-05-20 Belgium, Tielt, Europahal. Friday night. Shared bill with J.J. Cale.
1977-06-03 Canada, Toronto, New Yorker Theatre. Supporting act Joe Hall; tickets $ 6.60. "One show only! First North American Tour in 4 years." Recorded in mono and broadcast on McMaster University radio (Hamilton) early 1978 but tapes have been erased. The poster says "One show only, Friday Midnite June 3/ First North-American Tour in 4 years" and mentions full name of supporting act: "Joe Hall & the Yodelling Himalyan Compact-Car".
Bridget St John claims she was present at this concert.
1977-06-10 US, Roslyn (New York), My Father's Place. Friday night, support act for a post-Phil Collins Brand X. Bootlegged. "The evening began with John Martyn, who I had seen open for Yes in 1974. His set alternated between soft, acoustic songs and spacey, improvisational electric tunes, which created an unusual, but well received performance."
1977-06-11 US, New York, WBAI FM radio (15 minute solo set). Saturday. John did a radio interview and short accoustic set with Ed Haber.
1977-06-17 US, New York, Kenny's Castaways (two solo sets, supporting act Bridget St. John, Dick Morrisey & Jim Mullen) (bootlegged).
1977-06-18 US, New York, Kenny's Castaways (two solo sets, supporting act Bridget St. John, Dick Morrisey & Jim Mullen)
1977-06-19 US, New York, Kenny's Castaways (two solo sets, supporting act Bridget St. John, Dick Morrisey & Jim Mullen; first set bootlegged). According to John Walker, John was "deaf in one infected ear and out of his mind with homesickness."
1977-07-02 UK, Guildford, University of Surrey. "John played the Surrey Free Festival at the beginning of July 1977 (probably July 2nd) at the University of Surrey. He was top of the bill but because of overruns and a midnight curfew he only played for about 40 minutes. He played Small Hours in an extended form and his playing was stunning." (Stephen Gough).
1977-07-30 UK, Battersea, Town Hall: FMOB (Fond Memories of Battersea), benefit for Danny Thompson after heart attack. 18:00 hrs; admission £ 1. "Stan Tracey (piano) came on first. JM had forgotten his capo and made one out of a pencil and rubber bands. They kept breaking, and I gave him a couple (which presumably also broke). He played May You Never, Over The Hill, Bless The Weather, Solid Air, among others. John Stevens' Away played afterwards and JM jammed with them." (Richard Royston).
"It was the upstairs of Battersea Town Hall. Can't have been more than a hundred people. Opening act was Stan Tracey, doing Under Milk Wood. The concert was called F.M.O.B. Fond Memories of Battersea, where Danny was in a Dr Barnardos Home. John renamed it Fuck My Old Boots. Naturally the amplifier screwed up." (Anonymous). Reviewed by Malcolm Heyhoe in NME.
1977-08-00 New Zealand, Wellington, Wellington University. Shared bill with the 'legendary' Bert Jansch. "I saw him in August 1977 at Wellington University as part of a students arts festival tour he did with Bert Jansch. Bert was sick certainly under the weather, he had to leave the stage very early. So we were blessed with a solo performance from John who seemed keen to make up for the loss. I remember him on stage, a couple of hundred students, sitting around on the floor. Relaxed John bantering with us. Handling a guy with a guitar who thought he could just walk on stage and jam. Very diplomatically, even let him strum along on one song. It was a Sunday night as I remember it. In those days you could not buy alcohol on a Sunday. The joke about New Zealand being shut on a Sunday was not far wrong. John had a very big bottle of alcohol on stage with him. Bourbon as I recall. At one point he stopped and said he felt guilty that we were all 'dry'. "Leave me 3 or 4 inches in the bottle for back at the hotel" and he passed the bottle into the front row. In appreciation the audience ensured that John was supplied with some of NZ's finest herb. So the atmosphere was definitely mellow and John I guess relaxed but his guitar playing was on fire. He wove sound with that echoplex. I hadn't heard live sound like that before." (Raymond Jones)
I also found part of a review: "If the opening of the festival with Little Feat and J.J. Cale was inspired, then the closing with Martyn was brilliant. The festival was a monument to student organisation by the New Zealand Students Arts Council."
1977-08-14 Australia, Sydney, Town Hall. Sunday night. John shared the bill with Bert Jansch. That is to say, Bert Jansch was on first, and was the support act for John. They played together at the end of the show. "Their latest albums of both artists were for sale in the lobby. John's So Far So Good was autographed, Bert's A Rare Conundrum wasn't." (Tony Shanahan).
1977-08-15 Australia, Canberra, Canberra Theatre. Shared bill with Bert Jansch. "Two of Britain's most respected folk musicians, Bert Jansch and John Martyn, should give Canberra's folk music enthusiasts a concert to remember when they perform at the Canberra Theatre on Monday night." - Canberra Times. About 400 visitors. Reviewed by same paper.
1977-08-17 Australia, Melbourne, Dallas Brooks Hall. "Universal Attractions | presents | Britains Folk Rock Hero | John | Martyn | plus | The Legendary Bert Jansch | Wednesday, August 17 - 8.15 | Dallas Brooks Hall | Tickets now on sale $ 6.50 plus booking fee at | Celebrity Services, Myers, MSD. | Students and party concessions".
1977-08-22 Australia, Sydney, Town Hall. Monday night, shared bill with Bert Jansch. Two Sydney dates were announced in local newspaper.
1977-09-07 UK, London, Marquee Club (Wardour Street). Acoustic solo gig with echoplex. Reviewed in Melody Maker, 17 Sep. Magazine announcement: "John Martyn, currently touring Australia, returns to play two nights at London Marquee Club on September 7 and 8. Tickets are £ 1.25 (in advance) and £ 1.50 (on the doors)." Another advert says "Marquee Special | John Martyn | Plus Friends and Jerry Floyd." A third advert adds: "The first 50 people in each night will receive a free copy of John Martyn's limited edition 'Live At Leeds' album." John was signing copies of Live at Leeds afterwards.
"He introduced 'Black Man At Your Shoulder' as being from the next album." (Matt Dawson).
1977-09-08 UK, London, Marquee Club. Plus support and Ian Fleming. Solo gig on Thursday night, 7pm. "The usual joint was passed around!" (Jerry Page)." "John played for two nights and I think about twenty copies of Live At Leeds were given away to the first 20 people that came through the door. I went to the gig with one of John's cousins, a certain Marian from Orpington (Kent)." (Dennis Moore).
Jerry Page provided the scan of this ticket.
"It's in the usual shambolic style of Marquee tickets for that time.
Note the original misspelling of 'Martin' before being manually converted!"
1977-10-15 London, Golders Green, Hippodrome: acoustic solo performance (Spencer the Rover, Outside In from BBC Live; also Dealer (Sight and Sound in Concert, BBC video).
1977-10-18 UK, Liverpool, Eric's (warming up for One World tour).
1977-10-19 UK, Liverpool, Eric's (warming up for One World tour).
One World tour
1977-11-03 Scotland, Edinburgh, St Andrews University.
1977-11-04 Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University.
1977-11-05 Scotland, Glasgow, Glasgow University.
1977-11-06 UK, Hull, New Theatre.
1977-11-10 UK, Portsmouth, The Centre.
1977-11-11 UK, Brighton, Sussex University.
1977-11-12 UK, Bristol, University.
1977-11-13 UK, Plymouth, Fiesta.
1977-11-15 Ireland, Belfast, Queen's University.
1977-11-16 Ireland, Dublin, Stadium.
1977-11-18 UK, Guildford, University of Surrey. Joint bill with The Brains Trust.
1977-11-19 UK, Colchester, Essex University.
1977-11-21 UK, London, Rainbow Theatre (with Steve Winwood, Danny Thompson, Hansford Rowe and Pierre Moerlen). Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 2.50. "His backing band includes Danny Thompson and Steve Winwood and is recorded on The Manor Mobile studio. Four of the recordings finally surface on the boxed set Ain't No Saint, including a brilliant One Day Without You." Reviewed NME. "First time I saw him was at the Rainbow with Danny Thompson and Steve Winwood. Thompson did a solo spot and he called one number 'The loneliest monk in town' [Blue Monk, ed]. Martyn was in his chair and pedals phase. Security was pretty lax at the Rainbow that night and I have fond memories of one guy running at the stage, jumping up and handing JM a huge joint which he, of course toked on (queue comment: 'the colours, the colours!'), until the guy jumped back and took it off him. Don't know if that's any use, but it made me smile. The music was, of course, incredible." (Terry Crewes)
1977-11-23 UK, Reading, University. Wednesday night.
1977-11-24 UK, Bristol, Colston Hall. Thursday night.
1977-11-25 UK, Manchester, Rafters. Friday night. "Piled into a car we drove from Bangor. And walking to the gig crossing the road is John and Danny!! Smiling and hand extended. In the gig shared a pint of Guinness with John. The days when everyone sat down on the floor and smoked away... Gig wonderful!!" (David Devalle).
1977-11-26 UK, Leeds, Leeds University. Saturday night. Bootlegged; tape surfaced April 2007. "Interesting gig because the electrics in the building were screwing up the sound... They found out that if they switched off the lights, the background 'buzz' disappeared... So the gig was played in total darkness. [...] We were sat on the floor of the University for the whole of the gig, just about every person chilled and/or stoned." (Tony T.)
1977-11-27 UK, Norwich, St Andrews Hall. Sunday night.
1977-11-28 UK, Birmingham, Town Hall. With Danny Thompson. Monday evening, 19:30 hrs. Admission £ 2.00 and £ 1.50 (ground floor). "LATECOMERS will not be admitted until a convenient break in the programme."
1977-11-29 UK, Lancaster, University. Supporting act Prelude. Tuesday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 1,50. 'In full quadraphonic sound'. "I was at this gig, knowing nothing about his work but being intrigued by the promise of quadraphonic sound. Been a fan ever since. It was a custom at Lancaster for John to invite the audience up on to the stage towards the end of the Concert, so naturally quite a few of us obliged. Nice memory." (Rob Griffiths). Bootlegged.
1977-11-30 UK, Newcastle, Polytechnic. Supporting act Prelude. Wednesday night.
1977-12-03 UK, unknown. There was a concert on this date, based on a diary entry by Richard Royston. Could have taken place Nottingham or not too far from there.
1978-01-10 UK, London, Collegiate Theatre (Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC Video: Small Hours, Bless the Weather). Also May You Never and other songs broadcasted.
1978-03-03 Belgium, Uccle | Ukkel, Vieux Saint-Job. Friday night.
1978-03-13 UK, London, North London Polytechnic. Monday night. Special one-off concert in aid of Rock Against Racism. Show also featured Martin Carthy and Bob Davenport. Tickets £ 1.50 (advance). "It's Martyn's last London gig before he tours Europe and America."
1978-03-15 France, Paris, Bus Palladium (cancelled).
1978-03-17 Germany, Hamburg, Audimax, University (solo act broadcasted by Rockpalast).
Supporting act for Eric Clapton's Slowhand tour
(second half, East Coast):
"John Martyn, obviously a very strange choice. He used to sit in the middle of the stage on a big pile of pillows, playing acoustic guitar and singing fairly unintelligible lyrics."
1978-03-19 US, Miami (Florida), Jai-Alai Frontun.
1978-03-20 US, Lakeland (Florida), Civic Centre Coliseum. Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets $ 6.50. "The Robert Stigwood Organization & Jerry Weintraub present | Eric Clapton & His Band | Lakeland Civic Center Arena | Lakeland, Florida | Monday - 8:00 p.m."
1978-03-21 US, Savannah (Georgia), Civic Centre.
1978-03-22 US, Macon (Georgia), Coliseum.
1978-03-24 US, Charlotte (North Carolina), Memorial Coliseum.
1978-03-25 US, Columbia (South Carolina), Carolina Coliseum.
1978-03-26 US, Huntsville (Alabama), Von Braun Civic Center. Sunday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets $ 6.50.
1978-03-28 US, Detroit (Michigan), Cobo Arena. Tuesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets $ 9.00. Bootlegged: Big Muff, Outside In, Small Hours/ One World and Rather Be The Devil.
1978-03-29 US, Cleveland (Ohio), Convention Center.
1978-03-31 US, Baltimore (Maryland), Civic Center Arena.
1978-04-01 US, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Spectrum Arena. 20:00 hrs, tickets $ 7.00.
1978-04-02 US, New York, Radio City Music Hall. Announced but unconfirmed.
1978-04-03 US, Uniondale (New York), Nassau Coliseum. "John had a metal folding chair, his 'acoustic' guitar was plugged into his full array of pedals; far from Donovan redux, he played loud and mean, finishing with a ferocious Rather Be The Devil, introduced as 'a song by Skip James, but he's dead now so I don't suppose you'd care'. He finished the song by rising from his chair and, clutching the strapless guitar in a twisted grip, doing a slow skank-walk back and forth across the middle of the stage as he squeezed out another volley of echoes. This was not unappreciated by the crowd." (John Walker).
1978-04-05 US, Springfield (Massachusetts), Civic Center. Wednesday night, 19:30 hrs. "Robert Stigwood Organization & Jerry Weintraub present | Eric Clapton & his band."
1978-04-07 Canada, Montreal (Quebec), Forum. (uncertain).
1978-04-09 Canada, Toronto (Ontario), Maple Leaf Gardens. "chum and chumfm present | Eric Clapton | and his Band | World Tour | 1978 | with special guest John Martyn | Sunday, April 9 8:00 p.m. | Maple Leaf Gardens." Tickets $ 7.50.
1978-05-00 US, unknown, club tour. The Sarasota Journal of 10 May states that John is "now touring the States on a club tour". No further details yet.
1978-05-18 Canada, Toronto, Horseshoe Tavern. The venue's main room could hold 500 people. John featured in the first month new management took over. Gary Topp and Gary Cormier had booked John one year earlier in The New Yorker Theatre, also Toronto.
1978-05-19 Canada, Toronto, Horseshoe Tavern. Their contract stopped December 1978 and they moved on to The Edge. Where John was booked April 1981...
1978-06-11 UK, London, Regent's Park, Open Theatre; solo performance. Supporting act Martin Carthy. Sunday afternoon; tickets £ 3.50, £ 2.75 and £ 2.00. "No seats left, but we sat on a bank outside, and could hear pretty well. Martin Carthy was on first. JM played new stuff, May You Never, Spencer The Rover, and One Day Without You. Then we left." (Richard Royston).
"Scotland were playing in the world cup in Argentina in 1978. John had an ear plug in his ear waiting for team news and updates on the match. It was probably a spoof as a lot of the matches were played at midnight due to the time change between London and Argentina but he led us to believe that he was listening to Scotland on the radio throughout the gig. It was a solo gig on the green grass stage which was like a Shakspearian set. A most vivid memory in my life was the wonderful sunshine and the energy of the afternoon in London so long ago." (Ciaran Daly). A bootleg of this show was released February 2012 but falsely dated 1976.
July: second Australian Tour
(ended around 1 August)
1978-07-10 Australia, Perth, Perth Concert Hall. Supporting act Margret Roadknight.
1978-07-12 Australia, Adelaide, Opera Theatre. Supporting act Margret Roadknight.
1978-07-13 Australia, Canberra, Canberra Theatre. Thursday night 20:15 hrs, admission $ 8.40. Supporting act Margret Roadknight. Venue about half full. "That night at the Canberra Theatre he continued to air his contempt for the Aussie's, with a diatribe between each song about how backward, racist and murderous all Australians were." Show reviewed als 'flat' by Canberra Times.
1978-07-15 Australia, Sydney, State Theatre (supporting act Margret Roadknight). Saturday night. Solo act broadcast by ABC radio.
1978-07-19 Australia, Melbourne (solo), Dallas Brooks Hall. Supporting act Margret Roadknight. Wednesday night, 20:15 hrs. Tickets $ 8.40. Advert: "Universal Attractions | presents | John Martyn | with special guest | Margret Roadknight | in concert | Wednesday July 15th 8.15 p.m. | Dallas Brooks Hall [...] Tickets $8.40 incl. | Discount for Students and Groups." The date in the advert is wrong, the 15th was a Saturday. So the ticket is right.
"On the night he introduced an instrumental with the title 'Draggin' my Dragon Back Home'" (Mark Fanthorpe, owner of the S22 ticket). This was probably Outside In [ed].
"He'd just starting playing with all the electronic stuff with his guitar. It was just him, a drum machine and all the effects he was using at that stage. It was fantastic concert. Dallas Brooks Hall seemed to be vibrating with all the feedback and sythesized noises. Not one for the acoustic purists I guess but I thought it was fantastic. He went through about 12 cans of the local beer while he did his set because he said he had a sore throat. I thought that was a great excuse.." (An eye witness).
Another one: "Dallas Brooks Hall holds maybe 2000 people so it was a fairly intimate setting."
1978-07-20 Australia, La Trobe, Union Hall. "John Martyn | plus Margret Roadknight | Thursday 20th July 8.15pm | Students $ 3.50 - yellow ticket Non students $ 4.50 - blue ticket."
1978-07-25 Australia, Wollongong, University of Wollongong, Union Hall. Tuesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets $ 5.00. Announced with a feature in Tertangala, magazine of the Student's Representative Council. "25th July - 8pm | Only $5 - Don’t Miss It."
1978-07-00 End of month: Sydney, Kirk Gallery (recorded). Organized by makers of In search of Anna movie.
1978-10-00 UK, Colchester, Essex University. Phil Collins guested on drums. This was shortly before 22nd October.
"John came on and played for about 30 minutes solo and then the rest of the band came on. A huge cheer went up when Phil Collins was spotted as the drummer." (Pete Howe).
1978-10-20 UK, Reading, University (Rock goes to college, BBC Video: Certain Surprise). John replaced The Stranglers who had walked off stage, swore at students, smashed equipment and sang 'obscene songs'.
Solo tour British universities and colleges
1978-11-08 UK, Brighton, Sussex University (Mandalla Hall). "Sussex University S.U. | S.A.C. Presents | Wednesday, November 8th | John Martyn + Support | Disco Bar Lights Food Stalls | The Mandalla Hall | (Old Refec) Sussex University | Falmer, Brighton, Sussex | Tickets £ 1.30 in advance, £ 1.50 on door | S.U. only".
1978-11-09 UK, London, Old Theatre. Thursday, 8.00pm. London School of Economics show; tickets £ 1.50. "Old Theatre, Houghton St, Aldwych, WC2 | LSE Ents present | John Martyn | On Thursday November 9th | Tickets:
£1.30 adv £1.50 door| Doors open 8.00p.m. | Hip Music for Cool Rabbits! | Singalongjohn...[followed by two lines of May You Never]."
1978-11-10 UK, Bristol University, Students Union.
1978-11-11 UK, Exeter, Exeter University.
1978-11-12 UK, Southampton, Guildhall.
1978-11-16 UK, Plymouth, Polytechnic.
1978-11-17 UK, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Western London), Brunel University, Kingdom Room (Friday, solo plus support act). Starts 8.30pm. Advance tickets £ 1.30, door £ 1.50.
1978-11-18 UK, Colchester, Essex University. "I saw John at Essex University in the fall of 1978. He played solo acoustic in the Lecture Theatre Block there." (Mark Brierley).
1978-11-21 UK, Birmingham, Town Hall.
1978-11-22 UK, Lancaster, Lancaster University. Wednesday night, tickets £ 1.50. "Plus support".
1978-11-23 UK, Newcastle, Newcastle University.
1978-11-24 UK, Sheffield, Sheffield University.
1978-11-25 UK, Leeds, Leeds University.
1978-11-29 UK, Keele (Staffordshire), University.
1978-11-30 Scotland, Glasgow, Pavilion.
1978-12-01 Scotland, Edinburgh, Odeon. Friday night, 19:30 hrs. Admission £ 2.50. "Capital Agencies present".
1978-12-02 Scotland, Aberdeen, Capitol. "Fantastic performance. He played two sets of 1 1/2 hours each, all on his own" (Bruce Morrice).
1978-12-04 UK, Durham University. "Prior to playing, he was sat on the steps alone, wearing a black greatcoat, and had a crate of beer beside him, which he consumed, staggered off, and played the most amazing set I ever saw him play! " (Ian Wallis).
1978-12-05 UK, York, York Universtity.
1978-12-06 UK, Manchester University. "Manchester University Students Union | John Martyn | plus Support | Wednesday 6th December 1978 | doors open 7.45 | Tickets £ 1.25 advance £ 1.50 on night."
"This was the first time I'd seen John in concert. We saw him in the Union bar before the concert. He was dressed in his white suit. The concert itself was brilliant. Lots of echoplex. I had a few problems deciphering which song was which, but it didn't matter. There were a few sound problems also. The sound system couldn't cope with the audience standing up - problems with the treble, but the hall was too packed for everyone to sit down. John got quite annoyed with the whole thing and announced that he was going off for a p**s and that by the time he got back he needed it sorted out one way or another - either bad treble or squashed audience. I think we ended up squashed." (SteveO).
1978-12-07 UK, Huddersfield Polytechnic.
1978-12-09 UK, London, Queen Mary College of Education.
1978-12-11 UK, Liverpool, Mountford Hall (University). Monday night. Supporting act Steve Tilston. "John Martyn | plus Steve Tiltson [sic] | Mountford Hall Liverpool University | Doors open 8.00 pm." Tickets £ 1.50 (advance), £ 1.75 (door). "Late night reggae special with Tapper Zukie at Erics after John Martyn has finished!" 'He played standing up for the first time, we were shocked!!' (Stephen Walsh).
1979-01-25 UK, Swansea, Brangwyn Hall. Solo. "It was an amazing show, it was Burns night and I swapped Elvis Costello tickets to get to this show." (Andy Richards).
1979-01-27 France, Paris, Théatre de l'Empire. Solo gig recorded on a Saturday in front of a live audience. Three tracks broadcast by Antenne 2 in 'Chorus' episode of Sunday 28 Jan.
1979-04-13 Netherlands, Rotterdam, Exit. (Solo gig, Friday).
1979-04-28 Denmark, Copenhagen, Montmartre. 21:00 hrs.
Small Italian solo tour, first in Country'n'Folk series presented by Dischi Ricordi
1979-05-13 Italy, Milano, Teatro Di Porta Romana. 21:00 hrs. There were two consecutive nights, both sold out. One show was apparently filmed by a local tv-station.
1979-05-14 Italy, Milano, Teatro Di Porta Romana. 21:00 hrs. Bootlegged, released as Live in Milan 1979. "La Dischi Ricordi S.p.A. presenta | Country'n'Folk | Un Concerto di Musica Vera | John Martyn In Concerto | 13-14 Maggio Ore 21 Ingresso L. 2.500 | Teatro di Porta Romana | TRM 2 Radio Regione Radio Hinterland."
1979-05-17 Italy, Torino, Teatro Alfieri. Thursday night, 21:15 hrs; admission L2.500. Supporting act Marcello Capra (bootlegged).
1979-05-18 Italy, Bologna, Teatro Antoniano. Solo set, bootlegged with soundboard cassette. "He was in top form - as usual. One can also hear some stomach grumbling inbetween songs: that evening was very hot and maybe he needed something extra to drink..." (taper Nobody). This tape was dated 1977 but this probably was mistaken.
1979-05-00 Italy, Brescia, date and venue unknown.
1979-05-00 Italy, Gorizia, date and venue unknown. Part of the concert has been bootlegged, though.
1979-05-00 Italy, Roma. Gig cancelled in late stage because they could not find a suitable venue (Ciao 2001).
1979-06-21_25 UK, Glastonbury festival. "He drove across the field to the stage in his Volvo estate, with barrels of ale strapped to the roof, then he tapped off quite a few pints before playing." (Ian Wallis).
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis considers this performance his personal all-time favourite Glasto act: "He was so good, it brought tears to my eyes."
Text from an advert from the period: "GLASTONBURY FAYRE | Steve Hillage. Sky. Tim Blake. Barry Ford Band. | John Cooper Clarke. Leyton Buzzards. The Good Missionaries. | X-Dreamysts. Sex Beatles. Nik Turner's Sphinx. | Carol Grimes. Matumbi. John Martyn. U.K. Subs. | Clayson and the Argonauts. The Pop Group. The Only Ones. | Raja Ram. Patrick Fitzgerald. Etc. Etc.
Theatre, dance & mime from: Footsbarn. Abracadabra. Continuum.
Incubus. Cunning Stunts. Many Ways Of Moving. Matchbox Purveyors. | Natural Theatre Company. Beril & The Peril. Headless Wonder. | All Women Cabaret, and many more! Plus: Camping and van space. | Wholefoods. Welfare. Crafts. Clowns. Market. Yoga. Medical & legal services. | Giant childrens play area. Lecture area.
Thurs. June 21. Fri. June 22. Sat. June 23. | Worthy Farm, Pilton, Nr. Shepton Mallet, Somerset. | Tickets £5. From all Virgin shops or by post from Glastonbury Fayre, | 57 Elgin Cres. London W.11. Please enclose an S.A.E. | All profits to Unicef International Year of the Child."
1979-07-15 France, Irvillac (Bretagne), Festival Elixir. Solo show on Sunday; second day of first big festival in the country. Shared bill with Planxty, Richard and Linda Thompson, John Renbourn, Pan Ra, Machin, Gwendal, Aristide Padygros, New Celeste, Dan Ar Bras, Delahaye, Favennec and Strolock. "Le guitariste britannique John Martyn, une pop star alcoolique, prétentieuse et autoritaire," wrote Rock & Folk. "Memorable solo offering where he did plant the head of his guitar on the stage, dead drunk on his chair." (Jean-Luc Garnier)
1979-07-21 Ireland, Kilkenny, Rose Hill Hotel. Handwritten poster: "An evening with John Martyn | Rose Hill Hotel | Saturday 21st July." With Alan Thomson, keyboard and drum machine. As remembered by Bill Carroll, owner of Carroll's Bar, Thomastown.
1979-08-25 Northern Ireland, Portrush, Causeway Coast Music Festival. John headlined the Saturday night at this first and only annual three day festival. He was scheduled for 23:00 hours. Other names of interest were Boys of the Lough, De Dannan (Friday), Paul Brady (Saturday) and Christy Moore, The Strawbs and Loudon Wainwright III (Sunday). Weekend tickets were £ 8.00.
1979-09-22 UK, London, Royal Festival Hall. Saturday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 4.00. Solo performance, supporting act Rico. Mainly old material, reviewed by Melody Maker one week later. "Greater London Council | Royal Festival Hall | Director: George Mann, O.B.E. | John Martyn | In Concert | Saturday, 22 Sept., 1979 | 8 p.m. | Management: Derek Block & John Martin [sic]".
1979-10-23 UK, London, Roundhouse. Camden Jazz Festival; gig with John Stevens Dance Orchestra.
1979-10-24 UK, London, studio performance with John Stevens Dance Orchestra. Line-up: Elton Dean, Paul Rutherford, Trevor Watts, John Martyn, Pepi Lemer, Nick Stephens, Phil Collins.
1979-11-04 UK, Guildford, Surrey University.
1979-11-05 UK, Leicester, University [Percy Gee Building, the Student's Union]. "He didn't come on until 9.30 and started with a twenty minute instrumental. As he began his first proper song we had to leave to get the last train back to Nottingham - gutted!" (Karen Hudspith) "The Percy Gee building is situated on the campus of Leicester University which is next door to the De Montfort Hall but a completely separate venue." (Phil Holden).
1979-11-07 UK, Norwich, East Anglia University.
1979-11-09 UK, Newcastle, Polytechnic. Solo show in foul mood. John played a short acoustic set and left the stage; then returned for some echoplex work.
1979-11-10 UK, Nottingham, University (solo). "Just John, the miked-up acoustic, his echoplex and PA, in a pretty small room. He came on with a 4-pack and cigarette, clearly already under the influence of something (maybe beer, maybe not ;) and plonked the lighter and pack on his amp ('Johnny's lighter is on Johnny's amplifier'). His playing was absolutely stunning..." (Dave Porter).
1979-11-11 UK, Northampton, Royal Theatre.
1979-11-13 UK, Plymouth, Polytechnic.
1979-11-14 UK, Warwick, Warwick University. Supporting act Dave Kelly. "After the [amazing] gig, John and Dave Kelly went to the senate building (it was being occupied by students in protest against overseas fees increases) and they continued to jam together into the small hours aided only by copious Camberwell carrots." (Bill Goodall).
1979-11-15 UK, Hanley, Victoria Hall. Plus supporting act. Thursday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 2, £ 2.50, £ 3.
1979-11-16 UK, Manchester, UMIST. Friday night, tickets £ 1.50 (advance), £ 1.80 (door). "I remember this gig very well. I was a student at UMIST at the time and it was the day before my 21st birthday. I couldn't persuade any of my friends to go with me, so I went alone. It was quite packed and John did a good set. There was a bit of trouble with feedback and so the poor sound crew came in for a bit of stick - I think it was all good humoured! I remember John lighting up one of his special hand rolled long cigarettes. Some one in the audience shouted out: 'audience participation'. John looked down, said OK and threw it down to him." (SteveO).
1979-11-17 UK, Sheffield, University. "ENTS present | Sheffield University Union of Students | John Martyn | plus Support". Tickets £ 1.30 Members in advance, £ 1.40 others and on the door.
1979-11-18 UK, Redcar (Teesside), Coatham Bowl. "The place wasn't full and he was swearing (like bigtime!)" (Ian Hepplewhite). "He came on stage pissed, then smoked the biggest spliff seen by mankind and was then too out of it to play. My friend ended up crying at our table because he was so disappointed with the performance.." (Ian Wallis).
1979-11-21 UK, Leeds, Leeds University. Solo performance, Wednesday night. "It was snowing and the buses went off! It was a solo performance - and jolly splendid it was too!" (Gordon Lees).
1979-11-22 Scotland, Edinburgh, Odeon. Thursday night, 19:30 hrs. Admission £ 2.50 centre circle, £ 3.00 stalls. "He was superb" (David Ward Maclean).
1979-11-23 Scotland, Aberdeen, University.
1979-11-24 Scotland, Glasgow, Strathclyde University.
1979-11-27 UK, London, Putney; Halfmoon Putney. Phil Collins on drums.
1979-11-30 UK, Uxbridge, Brunel University. "Brunel University | Kingdom Room, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge | Friday 30th November | John Martyn | + support | £ 1.80 in advance | £ 2.00 on the door | Tickets available from Hard Pressed Records, Uxbridge or by post from Social Sec, Students' Union."
sitenote: I had to reconstruct this date but 30 November only falls on a Friday in 1973, 1979 and 1984. Price level points towards this year.
1979-12-03 UK, Brighton, Brighton Dome.
1979-12-06 France, Paris, Bataclan. Thursday night, 20:00 hours. Admission 35 francs.
1979-12-08 Netherlands, Dordrecht, Kunstmin. Winterfolk festival; top bill with June Tabor. Saturday, 14:00-24:00 hrs. Other acts include Wolverlei, Dommelvolk, De Perelaar, Schnappsack, Gay & Terry Woods, James Ferguson, Dougie MacLean and Alan Roberts (broadcast).