One Weekend To Remember..

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The second John Martyn Tribute Festival to be held at Thomastown the weekend of 15 and 16 September promises to be a highly interesting event. Organiser Eva Lynch has been quite busy putting names and places together. The program stretches over three days and tickets (25 euro) are available online through ticketmaster here. My advice is to buy a weekend ticket in Ireland for 40 euro; in this way you save 10 euro and you get a lot more fun. There are free concerts too in various places.

Another Hastings Surprise..

Glen Veness has posted another JM at Hastings video, this time from 1992. It starts with John visiting the Lord Nelson pub. Then he plays Big Muff on a free beach concert. With a band, of whom we recognize John Giblin on bass and Spencer Cozens on keyboards. The saxophone player is probably Jerry Underwood and Jeff Allen the most likely candidate for drummer. It was a charity gig for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The audience (especially the dancing children) are as amusing as the music. The date remains a mystery, as with the 1991 Big Muff video. I have an August 1992 reference to a free beach concert in the giglist but apparently that had been cancelled. So we have another sweet little mystery to solve.

Making Signs..

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We all know John will not be forgotten by his fans. Some people make an effort to enhance the memory further.

Some people are trying to put a blue plaque above the door of the house John used to live in during the Hampstead period. They are still thinking about which house would be best: Pilgrims Place or Denning Road. Bob Cunningham writes: "There is no rush as the earliest a plaque can be put up is Jan 29th 2019. There is a 10 year gap period. Personally, I think the Blue Plaques are a long lasting tribute to people who lived in London; and JM probably wrote Solid Air while living in Hampstead." So we will have to wait some more.

Jim McKnight, who knew John well, got another idea. He had this plaque made and installed in the Scotia Bar, Glasgow on 18 February 2012. "It is placed under Hamish Imlach's, which has been on the wall since Hamish died, as Hamish was John's mentor." Nice touch.
The Scotia Bar (established 1792) is the oldest pub in Glasgow; 112-114 Stockwell Street.

One World... One John (DVD)

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28 Feb 2012
The Bottom Line

Tell Them totally revisited.

A film by Lyn & Eleanor McMullan featuring John Martyn

Along with interviews, rehearsal footage and a bonus track (Sergeant, Sergeant).

About half of the material on this DVD is unreleased. A lot of stuff is familiar from the Tell Them video, however much of the behind the scenes and impromptu rehearsal footage of the original VHS tape has been deleted.

DVD: LSM 4014

Hastings surprise..

Every once in a while some unique material pops up on YouTube.
This clip was published by Glenn Veness and features live footage of a spontaneous beach concert that took place in Hastings in 1991 so during the Cooltide era. I don't have an exact date, yet.

Glenn: "John was drinking in the Lord Nelson with the fishermen when, after a few drinks, they talked him into playing on the beach. He played all afternoon for free, and went round with a wellington boot collecting money for local charities. This is a great track from that afternoon called Big Muff."

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