Thursday, 29 January 2009

john martyn

Very sad to hear the news of John Martyn's death today. To be honest I wasn't that surprised, given his lifestyle I am amazed he lasted this long. Martyn created a unique vocal and guitar sound with his blend of folk, rock and jazz influences. I remember his regular appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test in the 1970s and have some on dvd. Had the privilege of seeing him play at Durham Uni in the early 1980s. He sat on his seat surrounded by a band of gifted young musicians and worked his way through a classic set and a couple of crates of Holstein Pils. Martyn was awarded the OBE in the New Year honours list.

Favourite tracks:
  • Solid Air
  • Bless the Weather
  • May You Never
  • Stormbringer
I'll be listening to John on the ipod tonight with a single malt and the lights down low.

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