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New York, Bottom Line, 8 Sep 1993

8 Sep 1993
New York Times
Jon Pareles

Pop and Jazz in Review
By JON PARELES

John Martyn The Bottom Line

The blues is a touchstone for John Martyn. In the blues, he found music that transmutes pain into beauty, music that initiates select listeners into a secret world of loneliness and danger. But he didn't become one more blues imitator. Instead, he forged a highly individual style from British folk songs, jazz, soul and his own eccentricities: music with pinpoint syncopated vamps under hazy, free-form vocals, in songs that contemplate death and mourn lost love.

Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, 7 May 1989

7 May 1989
Glasgow Herald
Allan Laing

Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow
ALLAN LAING
John Martyn

APPARENTLY there are two John Martyns. There is the electric John Martyn and there is the acoustic John Martyn. Actually, there is a third John Martyn. There is Iain McGeachy, former pupil of Shawlands Academy, who went off to London in the 1960s to find fame and fortune as a folk singer and guitarist called John Martyn. He was back in Glasgow last night to deliver his customary measured performance to an audience who, judging by the age differences, were old and new friends.

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