Falkirk, Burns Bar, 9 Jan 1980

28 Jan 1980
Sandy Bell's Broadsheet
Sandy Colquhoun

SANDY COLQUHOUN of Falkirk writes:
The Burns Folk Club, Burns Bar, Vicar Street, Falkirk, has got off to a flying start (on January 9) with Hamish Imlach providing a cracker of a night – John Martyn dropped in and did a floor spot.

On January 16 Kentigern played to a full house, thus filling us with hope for the future. […]

John Neil Munro clarifies: Sandy Bell's is a famous pub/ folk venue in Edinburgh. The broadsheet was out fortnightly with news from folk clubs around Scotland.

John Martyn [Now!]

Pop Music
John Martyn

Guitar students have few British solo heroes, but the Scotsman John Martyn comes close to claiming the crown as one of our best and most revered players. He straddles many styles, keeps impeccable musical company, and should have no trouble in filling London's Royal Festival Hall with many admirers on September 22.1

Glastonbury Fair, 23 Jun 1979

25 Jun 1979

Martyn did his usual echo loop trip to great effect and to high applause, and I much preferred him to the super-crowd we wound up with, which consisted of Gabriel plus Alex Harvey, Tom Robinson and Nona Hendryx all jamming, taking it in turn to do each other's numbers (quite a few of Robinson's as I remember) and being hailed as long-lost heroes.

South Bank Show (Harmony Of The Spheres)

Peter Walker
ITV | London Weekend Television
21 Jan 1979

30 minutes
Episode #30, season 2 episode 6.
Programme looking at the eclectic music style of composer Neil Ardley. Features a group of musicians including John Martyn, Ian Carr, Tony Coe and Barbara Thompson playing music from Ardley's latest album `The Harmony of the Spheres'.

Production: Nick Elliott
Director: Peter Walker

Love is the Bug

John Orme
Melody Maker

... for John Martyn, pacifist, anti-Nazi and tough little Good Guy. JOHN ORME copped a few likely quotes from the man himself on the eve of his new British tour.


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