John 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. After Sarah Jane Morris, who is releasing a CD with John Martyn covers, recently also keyboard master Foster Paterson agreed to come.
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), vocalist Sarah Jane Morris, Katy Spencer (rising star), Avocet, Phil Shackleton, The Solid Air band, Laura Kindelan and Calum Ingram.
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:
And if you cannot make it, consider making a donation to facilitate this unique tradition.