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01 Jul 2004
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'.
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.
26 Jun 2004
[Announcement with colour pic on page 7, ...the week's best TV and radio]
John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad 11.35pm BBC2 The world stops when Martyn sings, says one contributor. In this affecting profile, you can hear why. Pure magic.
A spacey 'n' smooth classic from the prolific UK folk fusionist. Martyn is the subject of the documentary John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad (Friday BBC2).1
01 Jun 2004
Section FOREWORD/ MUSIC
For the first time John Martyn "didn't do a runner from hospital". With good reason: he'd just had his leg amputated.
IN 1996, JOHN MARTYN'S PANCREAS exploded. The medical profession had warned him -and to be fair, he had adopted a more balanced diet; "a balance," he reflects, "of pickled eggs, whisky and beer"- but it was the point in the life of the now 55-year old songwriter when he had to concede that his grievances were self-inflicted and not merely an endless catalogue of catastrophic bad luck.
The Scottish folksmith collaborates with a Wurlitzer playing Paul Weller and the Verve's Nick McCabe on his latest release, laced with soft-rock guitars and experimental devilment.
This was published in the F.Y.I. section with a very small Lawrence Watson picture.
The same issue carried a story "Worst Luck" about the Johnny Too Bad documentary.
BBC Four program in the series 'Originals'.
Series 23, show #4.
One For The Road and Johnny Too Bad and a short interview.