Discussion in 'General' started by intimate gigs, Jan 29, 2009.
Sad to report that John Martyn has sadly past away last night.
Terrible news. No mention of it on the radio yet.
Oh, sad! :bored:
It has not been released to the press yet.
It's very said indeed. I got his "Ain't no Saint" boxed set for xmas this year and it's wonderful, I have really been enjoying working through it.
...may you never lay your head down without a hand to hold, may you never have to sleep out there in the cold....
Ain't No Saint
He sure wasn't! But what a legacy. A completely different animal from our Roy but probably even more important in my life. His music had that emotional connection direct to my heartstrings and guts. He didn't have Roy's facility with lyrics and when he sang them he made much of what he sang unintelligible but the feeling was there in trumps. Oddly enough, I'm listening to some very elegiac music by a group called "Grouper" at present, downloaded from eMusic. Very atmospherically suitable.
Another sad loss, of a major contributor to 20th Century music! RIP
Very Sad to hear that !!
Out of the 100's ( or maybe 1000's ) of gigs I've been to ... I still rate one by John Martyn as easily been in my top 5 ... can't remember when it was exactly ( could be 10 years ago ) but he played in the Acoustic Tent at one of the London Fleadh's and it was absolutley peeing it down outside ... so the tent was crambed ... but he played an amazing funky set ( not much singing ) that just blew most people away ( including the people who were just there to get away from the rain !! ).
And another gig, that was apparently very good ( damn! ) was back in 1987(ish) when I was a student in Sheffield ... and I used to go to a locals pub virtually every night for a year ... but one night I decided I couldn't make it ... cos I just HAD to get some homework done !! At the end of the night ... one of my mates came round and said that he'd just been to our local ... and some guy had just turned up with a guitar and started playing in the front room ... I asked who it was and he said "no one that I'd heard off ... just some guy called John Martyn" - you can imagine how peed off I was !!!!
I'm sorry to hear this news.
I only saw him play one time, a couple of years ago at Cropredy. It was a fine gig, and I was overjoyed to have finally seen him after being an appreciative listener for so many years.
Actually, it wasn't the first time I saw him - I remember passing his tour bus in a van on the M6 some time in the late 80s. He was stood in the front talking to the driver, and as we overtook I leant out of the passenger window and waved at him. He didn't wave back. (I wasn't driving by the way. The guy driving our van was a Hell's Angel. Which is irrelevant).
The only time I saw him I think was Portsmouth Guildhall when he was first starting to be famous mainly through the success of his song May You Never and that lovely first album with Beverley Martin. Never forget him trying to balance a bottle of beer on the speaker on stage next to him very carefully!
I saw him in the early 90's, can't remember the exact year in the Glasgow Pavillion. It was just him and a keyboard player. The sheer power of his performance blew me away. His later stuff never managed to live up to the early stuff, but was still 10 times better than most of the young pretenders.
Such sad news. But now I hope himself and Nick (Drake) will play the music of the cosmos together.
John Martyn OBE forum
Some geyser on here even mentions Sir Roy..
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John Martyn - In Session
The Independent ran a good one for him today.
So sad, so sad.
Despite his reputation, when we took the daughters to the Stansfield Suffolk 'n' Good Strawbs fest. in '93 (when they were Very Impressionable), he delighted them by not only signing their programmes, but also teasing them about their names.
And now Bill Frindall too.
Was watching the BBC doc and live show tonight that went out on the weekend. It struck me how back in the 70s when he was speaking he sounded like a Cockney Londoner, but in later years more the Glaswegian...:confused1:
I would imagine it must be difficult for a singer to cover his songs, because of his style of slewing the words together. Couldn't Love You More is a great song, but hard to vocalise.
He didn't only do home counties drawl and Glaswegian either. He did an excellent Yorkshire accent for a while in that documentary. What a treat it was and what a delightful character, at least in his latter days.... Still my favourite musician bar none.
More reminiscences :
i guess you could get really, really pissed and you'd get pretty close....
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