John Martyn, Bless the Weather
JOHN AND BEVERLEY MARTYN
Road To Ruin and
Stormbringer: turning points
in John Martyn's career
By Simon Waldman
A cool and charismatic John Martyn and his band played to a theatre only half filled, with a jet black drape as a backdrop.
He may have left behind the wilder excesses of his hellraising days, but John Martyn still counts a Bloody Mary as breakfast.
This is a transcription of a cassette tape from an interview conducted in the Bay Horse pub in Glasgow. It was used for the biography Some People Are Crazy by John Neil Munro so some quotes may sound familiar. John was interviewed several times; this occasion was after the release of On The Cobbles (April 2004) and hours before the concert in the Glasgow Carling Academy of 17 November 2004.
You can't keep a good man down and John Martyn's no exception, despite an amputated leg, writes Mary Braid
A DAY OF MAYHEM STARTS pleasantly with lunch at the Savoy with Billy Swan, who's had a hit recently with a great record called 'I Can Help'.
Music Life: Well Kept Secret
ISN'T it a bitter-Sweet Little Mystery why Ulster live visitor, John Martyn, remains one of those secretly coveted cult artists, after more than 35 years of sterling music-making? For Martyn, who tops the bill at this year's Get Down With The Blues Festival, in Downpatrick, this week, sadly remains a little-known name to the general public.Yet, it's this Scottish man's deft mix of everything from traditional folk, baleful blues, smoky jazz and tense funk, which is revered by a who's who of rock stars, such as Eric Clapton, Beck and Beth Orton.