Short solo set and interview, broadcast a few weeks later.
In these days of sonic overkill, it's hard to imagine one man with just an acoustic guitar keeping the attention of a crowd for very long.
Mohawk and Martyn at the Bijou
For the few who attended the Bijou Cafe's Monday evening show, two more unusual performers could not have been presented. Both John Martyn and Essra Mohawk have unique styles and both have achieved at least cult following over the years.
This collection of tracks from previous Martyn LP's is an acoustical gem of mostly folk-flavored material
Paris - "Orange '75", a three-day rock festival billed as Europe's largest live music event this year, has been planned
As a guitarist, Glasgow-born John Martyn is undeniably one of the finest in Britain. As a guitar innovator, he's one of the very few. Having embarked on a recording career at the ripe old age of eighteen (with London Conversation), he's since recorded seven albums in as many years (including Stormbringer! [Island, ILPS 9113], with his wife, Beverley), the latest of which, Sunday's Child [Island, ILPS 9296], was released last December.
Every second album, Scotland's John Martyn produces a masterpiece or near-masterpiece which reflects the potential vitality of the esoteric 'folkie' in contemporary popular music.
Martyn may be the first truly total-electronic musician. Not only his synthesizer and clavinet -both of which he plays expertly- are weirdly amplified, but his voice as well.
Scotland's Gifts to Music
Scotland doesn't seem to have spawned a flood of pop music artists known in the United States. But Glasgow, in particular, has been the birthplace of a few notable acts, and this week we will focus on two of them.
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
There is a fine use of the moog, but when the album is compared to his last attempt, Inside Out, Sunday's Child can be left in the record rack.