It's that time of year again.. | update

posterJohn Martyn fans and friends are scheduled for their annual meeting in north Yorkshire. From June 21st to 23rd, three days of music are dedicated to the memory of the one and only John Martyn. The event, known as the Summer Gathering, will take place in Hackforth, Bedale.

There will be live bands every night. This year's line-up features Danny Thompson (yes the real one), Claire Hamill (dito), Rory Butler (keep an eye on him), Katy Spencer (rising star), Avocet, Phil Shackleton, The Solid Air band, Laura Kindelan and Calum Ingram. Very recently Sarah Jane Morris has been added to the program.
Apart from performances there will be guitar workshops and en open mic stage on the Saturday and Sunday.

This laid back event is a chance to immerse yourself in all things JM. One can kick back and enjoy the weekend with a great group of like minded souls. Personally I can't make it but meeting fellow fans at the memorial concert in Glasgow last January was a moving, impressive and pleasant occasion.
Weekend and day tickets available on the door, or may be purchased in advance from this link:

Uncut about recording Solid Air

This month, ten years will have gone by since John's passing. This, and an upcoming all-star remembrance concert in the context of Celtic Connections at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, is reason for Uncut magazine to give some attention to JM.

Their February issue features a three page article on the making of Solid Air, by Graeme Thompson. There's a lot of direct quotes from the people involved: John Wood, Dave Mattacks, Danny Thompson, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick and Tristan Fry.

Syd Kitchen: Scars That Shine

Donvé Lee
Tracey McDonald Publishers, Johannesburg, South Africa 2017 | ISBN 978-0-620-70993-4

Front cover photograph © Miguel Capelo

Syd Kitchen (1951-2011) was a South African singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet. He made a contribution to the Johnny Boy Would Love This tribute album by covering Fine Lines – one of the last musical adventures of his life. His biography Scars That Shine appeared six years later. Author Donvé Lee had promised Syd to write his life's story many years before he passed away. But she only got around doing it after his death. So we have a rather unique document here: a biography that sounds like an autobiography. Thanks to extensive research Donvé pulled it off: "It's not often you come across an autobiography that isn’t written by the subject, but Lee went out on a creative limb and, writing in first person, succeeded in capturing Syd in his own voice".

The almost final chapter is dedicated to the John Martyn tribute project and is reproduced here with permission of the author. The book got excellent reviews and is for sale on Amazon as an e-book. It is well worth a read, as there are many similarities between John's career and Syd's.

Love is the Bug

John Orme
Melody Maker

... for John Martyn, pacifist, anti-Nazi and tough little Good Guy. JOHN ORME copped a few likely quotes from the man himself on the eve of his new British tour.


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