Tour Programs

More Than Souvenirs

On several occasions, tour programs were sold to the public. These full colour booklets have become very rare now. They contained pictures, merchandise, band members, and also essays about John's music. Of course the new record proves his best up to date but in general these were good stories.
John also got biographical sections in several festival programs, like Glastonbury 1986, Cropredy 1987 or the 1999 Guinness Fleadh. The same goes for the 1982 Six Of The Best concert program, the Genesis reunion for Womad in the Milton Keynes concert bowl.

Sunshine Boys Tour 2001

John Hillarby
Tour program

John Martyn, Danny Thompson.

The first decent tour program in years was sold for £ 7,00 at the merchandise stand during The Sunshine Boys Tour (May-June 2001). The sixteen page booklet contains stories about John Martyn and Danny Thompson and came accompanied with a nice five track sampler CD.

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Fleadh 1995

Various
Tour program

The Fleadh 1995 was the sixth festival in its kind. There were two stages, the Main Stage and the Time Out stage.
Headlining acts were The Beautiful South, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor and Saw Doctors.
John had a spot on the Time Out stage from 18:15 to 19:15 pm. He also got some attention (half a page) in the 32 page full colour tour program that was issued for the occasion. The text about him is reproduced here.

Cooltide Tour 1991

Chas Keep
Tour program

The tour program counts 12 pages and contains mainly interview and review quotes about John, a discography and short biographies of the band members. It was compiled by Chas Keep who has vivid memories of the project (see bottom).

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The Apprentice Tour 1990

Chas Keep
Tour program

The 12 page program features the tour dates, tour credits, the (uncredited) Chas Keep story, his discography and three biogs for the band members. Copies were priced £ 5,00. Both the story and the discography served as basis for the 1991 Record Collector article.

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The Foundation Tour 1987

Anonymous
Tour program

The program has 12 pages and is entirely in black and white. It features an itinerary, an anonymous essay Laying the foundations, an illustrated discography, a paragraph on support band Cry No More and another on the available merchandise. Also there's an advert about the Cacophony vinyl rerelease of Live at Leeds. The program carries mainly promo pictures. One interesting picture shows John jamming with Eric Clapton at the Island Birthday party; this must have been the 25th anniversary on July 4th 1987 at Pinewood Studios. The tour lasted through September and October 1987. The title of the album is misspelled Foundation; also the album fails in the discography.

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22nd Cambridge Folk Festival

Anonymous
Tour program

Twenty Second Cambridge Folk Festival

Last year we had our 21st anniversary and now the Cambridge Folk Festival is heading for its quarter century. I have been associated with it as organiser for the Cambridge City Council for every one of those years - you could say that the Festival and I have, like good wine and good brandy, matured together.

Piece By Piece Tour 1986

Brendan Quayle
Tour program

The program (36 pages) consists of the booklet that accompanied the Piece by piece box set, but has 14 pages extra with mainly tour information and adverts. It also features an album discography. The Brendan Quayle piece is essential reading; the story has been recycled on several CD liner notes, especially of the Serendipity sampler. But this version is longer and has some quotes about the Danny Thompson era that apparently were censored later on.

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