Some time ago we were mightily impressed with an album called The Tumbler by a Glasgow-born folksinger/ guitarist named JOHN MARTYN. John, a quiet sensitive boy, wrote gentle songs of love and birds, flowers and trees, and he sang them to his guitar as he travelled the country. Then he met Beverley who came from Coventry and who also sang pretty songs. They fell in love, married, and now they're making music together. All of which brings us to this new album Stormbringer on Island ILPS 9113. It's by John and Beverley and it's an attention-grabber from beginning to end.
Is John Martyn still a folk singer or not?
This is a totally irrelevant question and one which I'm glad I didn't bother to ask.
The first L.P. from John and Beverley Martyn together is called Stormbringer! and is released on Island this month.
Storm by Bev and John
JOHN MARTYN is really Iain McGeachy, from Langside, Glasgow.
70 minutes; broadcast between midnight and 2 am.
John appears with Harold McNair on flute. Only occurence of Different From The Book.
John did a few songs but apart from one fairly muffled sounding recording of The River, there are no known surviving tapes.
|01||The Easy Blues||Jelly Roll Morton||2:42|
|02||Fairy Tale Lullaby||J. Martyn||2:38|
This is a rare and early version of The Easy Blues as it would not surface on record until four years later, on Solid Air.
The material was identified by Alan Bershaw in 2017.
ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY Folk Club, who last week brought to the Union a number of top- class performers in different branches of folk music and, according to Treasurer Neil Cameron, may even have made a slight profit on them, are to continue the good work this term.
John appeared on this program several times but it is unclear in what capacity. No tapes have been preserved. The apparent concept of this show is rather similar to that behind the Transatlantic Sessions from the nineties.
Country Meets Folk was an old Light Programme show and first aired in July 1967. It was a replacement for the half hour A Cellar Full Of Folk.
Both programmes were produced by Ian Grant. Host was Wally Whyton, assisted by Jim Lloyd who presented the folk and country news.
Big night for the Blues
A rave is in store for Glasgow's folk and blues fans in the Woodside Halls tomorrow night. The star of the show, titled BLUES FOLK, is John Martyn, a young Glasgow singer-composer whose songs have made a big impact on the national folk scene. Many well-known performers including Julie Felix are considering John's songs as possible recording material.