On The Cobbles - Independiente ISOM 43CD

28 Jun 2004
Belfast Telegraph

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.

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One World - Island ILPS 9492

26 Jun 2004
Radio Times
Phill Jupitus

John Martyn
One World (Island)

The layered folk of a hi-tech rag 'n' bone man enters the orbit of planet Jupitus.

Phill Jupitus


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

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Worst Luck

Mark Ellen
The Word #16


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.

On The Cobbles - Independiente ISOM 43CD

1 Jun 2004
The Word #16


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.

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John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad

Serena Cross
28 May 2004

BBC Four program in the series 'Originals'.

Contributions by: Phil Collins, Ralph McTell, Chris Blackwell, Danny Thompson, Beverley Martyn, Paul Wheeler, Philip King, Beth Orton, Mike Heneghan, Danny Cummings, Andy Sheppard, Spencer Cozens, John Giblin and Gizmo the Dog


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