The tour program counts 16 pages. The first page is for record company advertisements, page 3 gives the tour dates, and page 4 a peculiar advert for the 'Moke Californian' buggy. The following pages are for John's career description, carrying six Island publicity photos. One additional page features eight review clippings and another page an advert for a 'Salute to Satchmo' jazz tour with the Graeme Bell Band. Supporting act Margret Roadknight gets a page towards the and and the booklet closes with tour production credits and a TAA airline ad.
Show scene – Leslie Falkiner
AUSTRALIA has been blessed with a flood of overseas talent this year… a deluge of artists and the money seeps away.
If there had been just a few top drawcards one might have believed that the artists toured for the love of it. But after ELO, Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs, The Beach Boys, Chick Corea, James Brown, Leo Sayer, Billy Joel, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, with Meat Loaf and The Byrds now playing and Chuck Berry and Weather Report on the near horizon, one gets a little cynical about their motives.
- adapted from an interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1977.
"Actually," admits John Martyn, "I see myself as a dignified observer of the music business."
A John Martyn album always makes for interesting and pleasant listening and his latest is no exception.
Bert 'n' John
I once worked with two Glasgow tilers who in between laying the tiles that were their livelihood, would lay a joke or two on me. In the first week I found the jokes clever but never funny and would return to mixing the cement with water and hate.
The 400-odd people at the Bert Jansch/ John Martyn concerts at the Canberra Theatre on Monday night was considering the performers' relative obscurity in Australia, a good turnout.
SO FAR SO GOOD, John Martyn, Island Records, distributed by Festival.
A RARE CONUNDRUM, Bert Jansch, Interfusion Records, distributed by Festival.
These two hardened folkies, if you haven't realised, will be performing at the Canberra Theatre on Monday night and if you appreciate the best folk music or any high-class performance then I suggest you go along.
Two men whose music was bred in the folk and blues clubs of London and Europe in the 60s are coming to Australia next month to tour together.
One of them is Bert Jansch, from Pentangle, and the other is John Martyn. Both were born in Glasgow, and both have long had an underground cult aura surrounding them.
They play two concerts in Sydney, at the Town Hall, on Sunday, August 14, and Monday, August 22.