Er sieht aus wie Mr. Normal, singt wie ein alter Blues-Barde und ist einer der Song-Titanen der britischen Insel. John Martyn (37), in Glasgow geboren, aktiv seit 1968, 17 meisterliche Alben, 18 Jahre Erfahrung vor und hinter der Bühne, liebt Gegensätze. Seine ebenso exotischen wie feinfühligen Genre-Fusionen brachten Kritiker und Kollegen zum Schwelgen. Das Massenpublikum jedoch wollte die stilistische Weltreise zwischen Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock und Reggae nicht mitmachen. Aber den temperamentvollen Schotten juckt das wenig. Solange er sein Bier bezahlen kann und die Clubs füllt, ist er zufrieden. Nur in einem Punkt entwickelt er Ehrgeiz: Musik!
It's pina colada time in Scotland at folksinger Hamish Imlach's house, and John Martyn (along with everyone else, by the sound of it) is feeling jolly. Why not? The 37-year-old singer-songwriter is currently riding a critical crest on the release of Sapphire, Martyn's 13th album - and clearly one of his best.
Oslo: De tynne Inneskoene er gjenglemt i Stockholm, og vinterstøvlene er for varme til å brukes innendørs. Derfor sitter han i sokkelesten i hotellbaren, mens en representant fra plateselskapet jakter på hvite tennissko i byens butikker.
John Martyn, you either love him or hate him. Nicholas Webb, an ardent fan, went along to the Dominion in Tottenham Court Road to see his latest set. Later Nick spoke to him backstage about his music and his new album Sapphire.
Cosmic John Martyn at the Dominion a fortnight ago was the first time I'd seen this beer-swilling beat hippy since I snuck in the back of the Victoria Theatre as a schoolboy in 1975 and watched him workout with double bassist Danny Thompson and jazz drummer John Stevens.
[The interview took place at Keele University]
R. The new album marks your return to Island Records, uses Linn Drums and you credit it thanks to Robert Palmer - but he doesn't play on it.
Long hailed as one of our finest acoustic guitarists, John Martyn has changed over to all-electric instruments. We set out to find why. Photos by Geoff Dann. Words by Max Kay.
Editor's note: The indented text are the Dutch comments during the interview, 'H' meaning 'host'.
H1: Vanavond in Moondogs, John Martyn. En we gaan een hele poos terug, naar zijn allereerste plaat, die verscheen [in 1968].
INTERVISTA ESCLUSIVA CON JOHN MARTYN
Consideratissimo dai critici, sregolato nella vita («bevo troppo, so che non dovrei, ma oramai è tardi per cambiare...»), Martyn è uscito con un Lp con cui rilancia la chitarra elettrica dopo anni di esperimento sull'acustica.
JOHN MARTYN's well-kept secrets unlocked by HUGH FIELDER
"SO SOUNDS think I'm an old hippy do they?" muses John Martyn as we stand in the hotel lobby waiting for the limo (the manager's estate car actually) to whisk us nearly 100 yards to the gig at Durham University 1. Well, it's raining and he'll get his track suit wet otherwise. "Nooo, that was all too wishy washy. I always wanted to be a beatnik. That seemed to have much more sparkle about it."