■ JOHN MARTYN (City University, London, Thursday): Part folk singer, part rock and roller, John Martyn will titillate your ear and give food to your soul. The rock musician's nightmare is an acoustic musician who has mastered the use of electric guitar playing.
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Rerecorded version of terrific song with background vocals.
BRONCO, headed out on their latest nationwide tour of mainly student centres, when they topped a bill at Leeds Polytechnic1 which proved a big artistic, if not quite a financial
This is an obscure performance and in fact probably the oldest TV recording made of John.
Artists listed are Bell & Arc, John Martyn.
Henry Pond reports: "I saw John on OGWT in a session which I think must have been earlier than the 13th March 73. He was playing solo, the tracks were Bless The Weather and (I'm guessing) Glistening Glyndebourne. I still have the (mono) cassette somewhere complete with background whistle where I recorded the program via microphone in front of the TV speaker."
Bless John Martyn. Here's an album to delight from one end to the other, and there's not a wet spot during it either. Except...
MUSICIANS are generally expected to progress, and 'progress' often means change.
The resulting preconceptions as to what a musician should be doing and where that should be leading to is sometimes the very thing that blocks his path. John Martyn, for instance, has for some months been holding the reins of acoustic and electric music. Since the two styles sound so diverse it's a wonder that he has not concentrated entirely on the latter, the newer aspect of his playing.
When we eventually met in Regent Street later that afternoon, I found John to be as elated and as ebullient as ever about the release of his new album Bless The Weather.
John Martyn's family are very proud of him. And to show that they are, they travel great distances to see him when he does big concerts like the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
John Martyn's albums never cease to amaze me.
For an artist whose appeal is still strictly limited, this is surprisingly commercial