July Wakes Festival

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John Martyn is a man of paradox. A performer who interplays a cockney brashness in conversation with his audience against an emotive warmth in his singing and fiery virtuosity in his playing.

London, Regent's Park, 4 Jul 1976

10 Jul 1976
New Musical Express
Rod McShane

John Martyn

IT WAS about November when John Martyn announced that he'd be taking a year off from live appearances in Britain.

It wasn't believable at the time; and this wasn't the first gig since the itchy-fingered Martyn's pronouncement. But the small steep-tiered Open theatre in the heart of Regent's Park on Sunday evening must be just about the ideal setting for Martyn's music.

Man of many parts

Karl Dallas
Melody Maker

THE news that Danny Thompson is getting back into jazz will please the many who have missed the big, fat tone of his bass during his protracted flirtations with other types of music.

Singing in the Rain

Malcolm Heyhoe, Paul Hunter
Liquorice #4

cover story..Of all the people we've seen this year, one of them, means more to us than any of the others. John Martyn; and his inclusion in Liquorice is both timely and essential. John's music is highly cathartic, and deeply emotive. His personal 'philosophy' of love as the only answer is manifested in a quite remarkable fashion within his superb songs. And coupled with this is his seemingly inborn dislike and mistrust of the music business and its nefarious activities.

Group Scene

Stephen Turner
The Hastings and St Leonards Observer


AS the post-Christmas-back-to-work depression slowly evaporates and the spectre of 1975 slinks out through the back door, is there anything on the horizon to brighten up this gloomy scene?
The short term answer is yes – the John Martyn concert at the Carlisle next Friday.


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