John Martyn 2000s Giglist


Latest additions are marked in yellow.
If you know of any other performances, do not hesitate to send me a note...



Glasgow Walker Tour

Band: Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Jim Lampi (Chapman stick), John Giblin (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2000-05-22 Italy, Bolzano, Carambolage.

2000-05-24 Italy, Sarzana (La Spezia), Jux Tap. Wednesday 21:30 hrs, admission 20.000 Lire.

2000-05-25 Italy, San Benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno, PalaCongressi. "Grandissimo artista concerto indimenticabile" (Giuseppe Pica).

2000-05-26 Italy, Cortemaggiore (Piacenza), Fillmore.


2000-05-27 Italy, Città di Castello (AR), Teatro degli Illuminati (uncertain).

2000-05-28 Italy, Torino, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Sunday, 21:30 hrs, admission 20.000 Lire. "La Stella Più Brillante E' John Martyn."

Dislocated shoulder tour



2000-06-01 UK, Brighton, Concorde 2. Thursday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 12.50. Claire Martin supported Man In The Station and Cooltide. (I was there).

2000-06-02 UK, Leicester, De Montfort Hall.

2000-06-03 UK, Reading, Hexagon. Saturday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 14.50. (I was there).


2000-06-05 Ireland, Strandhill (co. Sligo), The Venue (small pub, 100 folks).

2000-06-06 Ireland, Letterkenny (co Donegal), An Grianan Theatre. Not so good.


2000-06-07 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street. Wednesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets € 17.50. "Strictly over 18's | John Martyn | Vicar St. | Doors 7.30pm/ Show 8pm | Wednesday 07-June-2000 | Presented by | Aiken Promotions | Evening Herald | 17.50 (inc. booking fee)". Reggie Hastings covered for John on guitar.

2000-06-08 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Limelight.

2000-06-09 UK, Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall (bootlegged). Friday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 14.50. "Cole Music Productions presents | John Martyn".


2000-06-10 UK, Leeds, Varieties (bootlegged).

2000-06-11 UK, Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's.

2000-06-13 UK, London, Shepherd's Bush Empire. Tuesday night, 19:00 hrs. Tickets £ 14.50. "Chas Cole for CMP presents | John Martyn & Band". Reviewed by The Guardian and The Independent. (Bootlegged, audience).


2000-06-14 UK, Worcester, Huntingdon Hall. "Huntingdon Hall Presents | John Martyn | Wed 14 Jun 2000 at 8.00pm." Tickets £ 14.50

2000-06-15 UK, Milton Keynes, The Stables. Thursday night, 20:15 hrs. Tickets £ 10.50. "The Stables Theatre | John Martyn | Bar opens at 7pm."

2000-06-16 UK, Maidstone, The Exchange.

2000-06-18 UK, Ebbw Vale, Beaufort Theatre.

2000-06-19 UK, Guildford, Civic Hall (bootlegged).


2000-06-21 UK, Cambridge, Junction. Wednesday night. Tickets £ 12.00. Very bad night.

2000-06-22 UK, Shrewsbury, Music Hall (bootlegged). Thursday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 14.50. "Much more than a song and dance... | Shrewsbury Music Hall | John Martyn | Thu 22 Jun 2000 8.00pm | Main Auditorium"


2000-06-23 UK, Salisbury, City Hall.

2000-06-24 UK, Glastonbury, Festival: 11 a.m. Opening act Jazzworld Stage (cancelled as intended film shooting was cancelled also).

2000-06-24 UK, Glastonbury, Festival: 11 p.m. Closing set Avalon Stage. Band had trouble with the rental car. "It was a good gig. We had a hard time though as we had to follow Rolf Harris. He got the biggest and loudest applause I heard all day. People went mad over him, they were all singing along." (Jim Lampi).

2000-06-25 UK, Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's.

2000-06-26 Scotland, Glasgow, Renfrew Ferry. Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 12.50. "The Renfrew Ferry | The Renfrew Ferry | presents | John Martyn | Monday 26th Jun 00 | 8:00 pm £12.50". "Veteran blues, R&B, folk and Celtic soul singer/ songwriter plays the first of a number of Scottish shows to support his recently-released Glasgow Walker album."


2000-06-27 Scotland, Ayr, Gaiety. Tuesday night.

2000-06-28 Scotland, Edinburgh, Liquid Room. Wednesday night, 19:30 hrs. Sold out. Reviewed The List of 06 Jul 2000.

2000-06-29 Scotland, Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree.


2000-10-28 Ireland, Kilkenny, Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. (solo benefit show for cerebral palsy).


John Martyn Winter Tour 2001

Band: Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)
Supporting act was James Yorkston. "He sent a demo cassette to folk/rock legend John Martyn asking for a support slot on the Edinburgh date of John’s upcoming tour. John heard James' cassette and offered James all 31 dates of the tour."


2001-01-24 UK, London, Jazz Café. Sold out, great evening. Van Morrison and Robert Plant in audience, claims James Yorkston.

2001-01-25 UK, London, Jazz Café. Thursday night, doors 7:00pm. Tickets £ 15.00. Sold out, Martin Winning on sax. Reviewed. "Jazz Cafe presents | John Martyn | No Under 18's Admitted."


2001-01-26 UK, Spalding, South Holland Centre.


2001-01-27 Scotland, Glasgow, Renfrew Ferry. Saturday night, 21:00 hrs. Tickets £ 12.50. "The gruff veteran singer/ songwriter with the subtle charms plays an intimate show." Good gig, bad sound.

2001-01-28 Scotland, Edinburgh, Liquid Room. Sunday night, 19:00 hrs. Tickets £ 12.50. "The Glasgow bluesman continues to enjoy something of a revival with his second appearance at the Liquid Room in a year."

2001-01-30 UK, Croydon, Ashcroft Theatre (Fairfield Hall). Tuesday, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 14.00. Fine two hour concert, bad acoustics.


2001-01-31 UK, Brierley Hill, The Robin. Wednesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 12.50 (advance), £ 13.50 (door). The show took place at The Robin R'n'B Club 1, at the back of the Robin Hood Inn, now demolished. Postal code says Dudley. "The Robin R'n'B Club 1 | At the Robin Hood, Merry Hill | Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1TD | John Martyn + Support".


2001-02-01 UK, Cheltenham, Town Hall.

2001-02-02 UK, South Shields, Customs House.

2001-02-03 UK, Beverley, Picture Playhouse.

2001-02-04 UK, Manchester (Salford), The Lowry. (Sold out, 1:40 long). Martin Winning on sax. "The poignant and beautiful Baby, Please Come Home is one of the highlights, but Martyn laughs off the uncomfortably personal lyrics: 'It really puts a spring in your step, that song.' It isn't all doom and gloom, by any means - the band have a ball with some of his funkier numbers, Martyn wrestling with his guitar and trading blows with the group's livewire saxophonist, Martin Winning.
Hilarious comments between songs and withering replies to one pathetic heckler threatened to eclipse his wonderful music, but a blistering version of John Wayne, complete with Neil Young-esque, apocalyptic guitar solos, brought the proceedings to a glorious ending." (Richard Babington)

2001-02-05 UK, Newark, Palace Theatre. (Good show, 1:30 long). "He and his band of jazz musicians played up a storm, although Martyn’s singing and banter were almost totally incoherent" (David Belbin).

2001-02-06 UK, Preston, Charter Theatre. (Sold out, 100 minutes, good review).

2001-02-14 UK, Lowestoft, Marina Theatre.

2001-02-15 UK, Southampton, The Brook. (Sold out.) Reviewed by the Dorset Echo.

2001-02-16 UK, Burgess Hill, Martlets Hall. Shortish set.

2001-02-17 UK, Exeter, Phoenix. Packed house.

2001-02-18 UK, Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's.

2001-02-20 UK, Guildford, Civic Hall. (Martin Winning on sax; bootlegged). This show was the setting for the Fonte Bund band episode of Human Remains. They sang three short songs on stage and John did a few cameo appearances.

2001-02-21 UK, Bristol, Colston Hall. Wednesday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 14.50.


2001-02-22 UK, Milton Keynes, The Stables. Sold out.

2001-02-23 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Waterfront Hall (Studio). "Wonderland Promotions pres | John Martyn | In Concert | Belfast Waterfront Hall | Studio | Fri 23-feb-01 8:00pm". "Bad memories of this one, he was a mess drinking in the bar hours before the gig. Very sad but I have a lot of great memories from great gigs" (Maurice Shannon).


2001-02-24 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street. Good show, bad soundboard, John not feeling too well.

2001-02-25 Ireland, Cork, Rock City. John rather tired again.

2001-02-26 Ireland, Galway, Róisin Dubh. Monday night. "The one and only + band". Reviewed in Galway Advertiser.


2001-02-27 Ireland, Galway, Róisin Dubh. Tuesday night. Both shows sold out two weeks in advance.

2001-02-28 Ireland, Waterford, The Forum. Wednesday night, 21:00 hrs. Tickets £ 12.50. "Forum | Waterford | Wed Feb 28th | at 9.00PM | John Martin [sic]".


2001-03-01 Ireland, Waterford, The Forum.

2001-03-20 Ireland, Dublin, The Olympia: Paul Weller invited John to join him on stage for an encore (Don't Want To Know).

Sunshine Boys Tour

With Danny Thompson; supporting act Rosalie Deighton and Carina Round replacing Kathryn Williams


2001-05-29 Scotland, Glasgow, Pavilion. Tuesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 15.50. "The veteran blues/ jazz/ folk/ call-it-what-you-want singer/ songwriter with the gruff emotive voice. Can be a bit on the soporific side, however." "Excellent gig apart from lots of guitar tuning."

2001-05-30 Scotland, Aberdeen, Music Hall. "Superb."'

2001-05-31 Scotland, Inverness, Eden Court Theatre.


2001-06-01 Scotland, Dundee, Caird Hall. (cancelled).

2001-06-02 UK, Newcastle, Opera House. 'Fantastic evening.'


2001-06-03 UK, Sheffield, City Memorial Hall. Sunday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 16.50. 'Extraordinary' (The Guardian). John: 'Well, it's nice to be wherever we are, and if we've been here before, it's nice to be back.'

2001-06-04 UK, Telford, Oakengates Theatre. 'Good show, crap crowd.' (80-90 people). Bootlegged.

2001-06-05 UK, Leeds, Varieties Theatre. 90 minutes, almost sold out, broken toe again. 'Excellent.'

2001-06-06 UK, Manchester, Bridgewater Hall. Wednesday night, 7.30pm. Tickets £ 16.50 (stalls). "John Martyn | plus special guests | Danny Thompson & Kathryn Williams." Almost sold out, great acoustics. 'Superb, brilliant.'


2001-06-09 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange. Saturday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 15.50. "John Martyn & Danny Thompson | Plus special guest | Kathyrn [sic] Williams" 'Fantastic show.' 'Words fail.'


2001-06-10 UK, Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's.

2001-06-11 UK, Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's. (cancelled).

2001-06-12 UK, Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's.


2001-06-13 UK, Leicester, De Montfort Hall. Wednesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 15.50 (stalls), £ 13.50 (circle). "John Martyn & Danny Thompson | With special guest Kathryn Williams." 'Another great night.' 75 minutes, venue half full.

2001-06-14 UK, Worcester, Huntingdon Hall. "John Martyn & Danny Thompson | Thu 14 Jun 2001 8.00pm | Huntingdon Hall Presents | Huntingdon Hall [sic]." Tickets £ 16.50. A second ticket mentions supporting act Kathryn Williams.


2001-06-15 UK, Kings Lynn, Corn Exchange.


2001-06-16 UK, London, Finsbury Park, Guinness Fleadh (16:20 hrs, Irish Post stage). Saturday afternoon. Good 45 minute effort with sound trouble in two inches of mud. Tickets for the festival were £ 35.00.


2001-06-16 UK, Milton Keynes, The Stables. Saturday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 19.50. "John Martyn, Danny Thompson & Katherine." Venue full; 'absolutely wonderful' and 'superb' evening; supporting act Carina Round. "Fab gig, solo from Danny Thompson was great. And I finally heard Spencer the Rover live!" (Dave Crawford).

2001-06-17 UK, Greenwich, Borough Halls. John was 'truly hot'; 'he can still do it' and: 'The guys are telepathic'.

2001-06-20 UK, Basingstoke, The Anvil, supporting act Carina Round. Wednesday night, 19:45 hrs. Tickets £ 16.50. Less than half full, John looking good in a suit again and 'well and truly on form.'


2001-06-21 UK, Salisbury, City Hall.


2001-06-22 UK, Reading, Reading Concert Hall. Friday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 16.50. 'Very enjoyable evening.'


2001-06-23 UK, Hackney (London), The Ocean. 'Wonderful stuff and what a sound from just two people.'

2001-06-24 UK, London, Shepherd's Bush Empire. Sunday night, 19:00 hrs. "Chas Cole for CMP presents | John Martyn and Danny Thompson". Tickets £ 17.50. 'Magic right from the start.' (partly bootlegged).


2001-06-25 UK, Brighton, New Concorde.



2002-02-28 Ireland, Waterford, The Forum Theatre.

John Martyn Summer Tour

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Jim Lampi (Chapman stick)
Supporting act Eva Abrahams
Cancelled due to seriously infected foot. So these tickets were actually never used. Cancelled gigs include


2002-06-09 Scotland, Glasgow, Renfrew Ferry. Sunday. Postponed until 20 Oct 2002.

2002-06-22 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange. Saturday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 16.50. [cancelled]


2002-06-27 UK, Milton Keynes, The Stables. Thursday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 19.50. [cancelled]


Autumn Tour 2002 (October November)

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Jim Lampi (Chapman stick)

Cancelled due to health problems, caused by a serious car crash in mid August. Among the cancelled dates were


2002-10-18 Scotland, Edinburgh, The Liquid Room. [cancelled]

2002-10-19 Scotland, Aberdeen, Music Hall. [cancelled]

2002-10-20 Scotland, Glasgow, Renfrew Ferry. Sunday, tickets £ 14.50. [cancelled]


2002-11-05 UK, Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall. Tuesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 15.50. [cancelled]


9 April Admitted to hospital for two months for surgery and revalidation.



2003-11-07 Ireland, Leap (Cork), Connollys of Leap (with Spencer Cozens and John Giblin on acoustic bass). "John Martyn | with Spencer Cozens | Conollys of Leap, West Cork | Friday 7th Nov 2003 | doors 5.30pm * over 18's | ticket 20 euro." 80 minutes; BBC crew present. "Show plagued with technical problems and feedback, but truly magical." (Laurent Olszer).


2003-11-08 Ireland, Leap (Cork), Connollys of Leap (with Spencer Cozens and John Giblin on acoustic bass). 110 minutes. In 2012 an audience recorded video registration popped up, with a soundtrack of CD origin.


One For The Road Tour 2004 (April May)

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), John Giblin (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)
Supporting act Eva Abrahams
Short (30 minutes) first set, longer (90 minutes) set after break with acoustic section in the middle. Old material with the exception of Could've Told You Before I Met You. Larger than life walking stick.



2004-04-24 Ireland, Waterford, The Forum Theatre. Saturday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets € 25.00. "Scottish Singer Songwriter back for 1 night only". So-called blinder: "The show he put on was comparable to the old days" (Paul Coleman).

2004-04-25 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street. Sunday night, 20:30 hrs. Tickets £ 35.00. "Aiken Promotions present". "You could hear a pin drop when he played May You Never" (Desmond Shiel).

2004-04-27 UK, Basingstoke, The Anvil. Tuesday night, tickets £ 20.00. Supporting act John Smith. "Packed audience, standing ovation."

2004-04-28 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange. Wednesday night, tickets £ 20.00. "Enthusiastic near sell out audience."


2004-04-30 UK, Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre. Friday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "Great form, laid back set." Reviewed by the Dorset Echo.


2004-05-01 UK, Bristol, Colston Hall (tickets £ 20.00). "Real treat, standing ovation, capacity crowd."

2004-05-03 UK, Milton Keynes, The Stables (tickets £ 20.00). Sold out; "Great night, good form; warmly and politely received."

2004-05-05 UK, Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall (tickets £ 20.00). Venue too big, half to three quarters full. "First set tentative, second much better."

2004-05-06 UK, Croydon, Fairfield Halls (tickets £ 20.00). "Truly exceptional evening."

2004-05-08 UK, Manchester (Salford), The Lowry (tickets £ 20.00). "Not a drink to be seen on stage."

2004-05-09 UK, Newcastle, Opera House (tickets £ 20.00).

2004-05-10 Scotland, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall. Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "Veteran jazz/ bluesman, back with a new album On The Cobbles." "Enters to a huge roar; truly fantastically fabulous second-half performance."

2004-05-12 UK, London, Queen Elizabeth Hall. With support. Wednesday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 15.00 (rear stalls) and £ 24.50. "Magical evening of music." (bootlegged).


2004-05-13 UK, Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall (tickets £ 20.00).

2004-05-14 UK, Leeds, Irish Centre (tickets £ 20.00).

2004-05-16 UK, Liverpool, Royal Court (tickets £ 20.00). "One of the tightest, sweetest sessions in years." And: "A stunner."

2004-05-25 UK, London, BBC studio: Later With Jools Holland (broadcast 28 May). One For The Road and Johnny Too Bad with Spencer Cozens, John Giblin, Arran Ahmun.

Irish Summer Tour (with band)

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2004-07-03 Ireland, Downpatrick, Ballydugan Mill. Tickets £ 20,00, limited to 500. John tops bill of second Get Down With The Blues Festival. Open air show in the Ballydugan courtyard starting at 15:00 hrs until after midnight. Other acts: Rab 'Coolhand' McCullough, Rev Doc and the Congregation, the Ronnie Greer/ Kenny McDowell Band, The S**t Hot Helicopters, The Answer and Brownstone.

2004-07-08 Ireland, Culdaff, Mac's Backroom Bar. Thursday. Series of shows in the Earagail Arts Festival.

2004-07-09 Ireland, Castlebar, The Royal Theatre. Friday, tickets € 20.00.

2004-07-10 Ireland, Headford, Campbells Tavern. Saturday night, supporting act Noely McDonnell (sold out).

2004-07-11 Ireland, Headford, Campbells Tavern. Sunday afternoon, 15:00 p.m. Extra show, supporting act Noely McDonnell who claims he saw John Prine in the audience.

2004-07-12 Ireland, Boyle, The Moving Stairs.

2004-07-15 Ireland, Limerick, Dolans Warehouse. Thursday night. "Arguably the 'best' act ever to come to Limerick" (their words).

2004-07-16 Ireland, Wexford, Riverbank House Hotel. Friday night, 21:30 hrs. Tickets € 20.00.

2004-07-17 Ireland, Cork, Half Moon Theatre. Saturday night, tickets € 30.00, all seated.

Autumn Tour

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2004-10-09 Northern Ireland, Newtownards, Queen's Hall (Headlining Ards International Guitar Festival). At this festival John was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetimes contribution to the world of guitar. Previous recipients include John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Henry McCullough and Louis Stewart. Presenter Stuart Bailie remembers: "His band was in pre-warned so we interrupted his gig at a strategic time to make our homage. John didn't know what was going on and he gave me a look of pure malice. It was terrifying. But when he realised what we were trying to do, his demeanour changed abruptly and he started to weep."


2004-11-08 UK, Southend, Cliffs Pavilion.

2004-11-10 UK, Plymouth, Pavilion. "Nice banter with the boys on stage went over a lot of heads." (Freddie Bates).

2004-11-11 UK, Cheltenham, Town Hall. "Excellent show, John seemed to enjoy himself and he was well-received." (Martin Cowan).

2004-11-14 UK, Derby, Assembly Rooms. Venue not full but "Phenomenal evening; Rock Salt & Nails nearly brought the house down." (Mike Hayes).

2004-11-15 UK, Preston, Guild Hall.

2004-11-17 Scotland, Glasgow, Carling Academy. Wednesday night, 19:00 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "CMP present | John Martyn | Support on stage 7.30pm | Carling Academy Glasgow | Wed 17 nov 2004 7:00 pm." "Martyn's health has not been great in recent times and he now walks with a huge witch doctor's stick, but that hasn't stopped him sending out the mellow vibes of his folk/ blues back catalogue." Venue about half full but "What a night! The Big Man on top form. He obviously loves what he does and so do we." (David Spence).


2004-11-18 UK, York, Grand Opera House. "Awesome absolutely awesome." (Andy Bulleyment)

2004-11-20 UK, Cardiff, St Davids Hall. (Colin Tully joined on sax). Venue full. Supporting act Dean Johnson. "Brilliant from first song to last" (Ian Thatcher).

2004-11-21 UK, London, Shepherd's Bush Empire.

2004-11-22 UK, Portsmouth, Guildhall.

2004-11-25 Northern Ireland, Derry, The Nerve Centre. Thursday night, 20:00 hrs.

2004-11-26 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Elmwood Hall.

2004-11-27 Ireland (Kildare), Ballymore Eustace, Poulaphouca House.

2004-11-29 Ireland, Galway, Róisin Dubh. Monday night, 20:30 hrs. Tickets € 30. Show sold out two weeks in advance.

2004-11-30 Ireland, Galway, Róisin Dubh. Tuesday night, 20:30 hrs. Tickets € 30.


2004-12-02 Ireland, Ennis, Glór.

2004-12-03 Ireland, Killarney, The Granary.

2004-12-04 Ireland, Clonakilty, De Barras.


Spring Tour 2005, with band; supporting act Ian McNabb

The usual suspects Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2005-05-08 Ireland, Thomastown (Kilkenny), Carroll's bar. Sunday, tickets € 20.00. "John Martyn & His Band | plus support by Invein & Benny". Warming-up for the tour; "fantastic, very intimate" (Paul Flynn).

2005-05-09 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street. Tickets € 31.50. 'Sensational' and: 'Unforgettable evening' (Paddy Woods).

2005-05-11 UK, Norwich, University of East Anglia. Wednesday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "The Union of UEA Students | Committed To The Equality Of Opportunity For All | The Union of UEA Students presents | John Martyn + Very Special Guest Ian McNabb | Wednesday 11th May 2005 | Doors 7:30pm | £18.00 adv | More on the door | Over 14's only".

2005-05-13 UK, Croydon, Fairfield Hall. Tickets £ 20.00.

2005-05-14 UK, Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre. Tickets £ 20.00.

2005-05-15 UK, Basingstoke, The Anvil. Sunday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "John Martyn plus very special guest Ian McNabb". 'Welcome return to top form' (Pip Taylor).


2005-05-17 UK, London, Shepherd's Bush Empire. Tickets £ 22.50 (bootlegged). Amazing band apparently rather loud.

2005-05-18 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange. Tickets £ 20.00.

2005-05-20 UK, Salisbury, City Hall. Tickets £ 20.00.

2005-05-21 UK, Bristol, Colston Hall. Saturday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "CMP Entertainment present | John Martyn | plus very special guest, Ian McNabb". "Finished set with John Wayne and I've never heard it played so well... a real show stopper... well it did stop the show." (Edward Turfrey). John forgot the words to May You Never.


2005-05-23 Scotland, Aberdeen, Music Hall. Tickets £ 20.00. 'One word: phenomenal.' (Louise).

2005-05-24 Scotland, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall. Tuesday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "Following the release of his new album On The Cobbles, this is a chance to see this Scottish songwriter perform unashamedly romantic music with hints of folk and jazz." "Shivers run up from my chest, up to my head and down my spine." (Gaz). Bootlegged.

2005-05-26 UK, Newcastle, City Hall. Tickets £ 20.00. With band, theatre half filled.

2005-05-28 UK, Manchester (Salford), The Lowry. Tickets £ 20.00, Saturday 7:30 pm. "Plus very special guest." "Great evening and good to see the old bugger still as brilliant as ever!" (Frank Fitzpatrick).


2005-05-29 UK, Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall. Sunday night, 08.00pm. "John Martyn plus very special guest Ian McNabb." Tickets £ 20.00. "It was an honour to be there" (Andy).


2005-05-30 UK, Leeds, Irish Centre. Tickets £ 20.00. 'Tremendous show, it created an entrancing groove' (Mark Robinson).

Irish Summer Tour 2005, with band

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2005-07-27 Ireland, Dundalk, Spirit Store.

2005-07-28 Ireland, Culdaff, McGrory's (Back Room).

2005-07-29 Ireland, Newbridge, Riverbank Arts Centre.

2005-07-31 Ireland, Birr, Kinnitty Castle. John was on the bill of the Dancing With Lunasa open air festival, '12 noon to 12 midnight'.



2005-08-01 Ireland, Galway, Róisin Dubh. "John was in flying form - in excellent voice, with great playing all round. A magic night, with lots of laughs and good humoured banter between John and an adoring audience." (Peter Corrigan).

2005-08-03 Ireland, Cork, Opera House. Band impressive but John not too. Several people walked out. Supporting act and first meeting with UltanJohn.

2005-08-04 Ireland, Limerick, Dolans Warehouse. Supporting act UltanJohn.

2005-08-06 Ireland, Wexford, Riverbank House Hotel. Saturday, 9.30pm. Tickets € 20.00. 'Great time, brilliant gig' (Gary & Paul Byrne).


2005-08-26 Scotland, Mallaig (Morar), Feis Na Mara 2005 (The Mallaig Music Festival, on the Morar Games Field). John is on the bill with Alan Thomson for this Friday and Saturday. Other bands listed as well (bootlegged).

2005-08-27 Scotland, Mallaig (Morar), Feis Na Mara 2005 (The Mallaig Music Festival). With Alan Thomson (bootlegged).

Autumn Tour, with band

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2005-11-18 Ireland, Leap (Cork), Connolly's of Leap.

2005-11-19 Ireland, Leap (Cork) Connolly's of Leap.

2005-11-22 Ireland, Clare, Glor. Admission £ 25.

2005-11-23 Ireland, The Naul (co Dublin), Seamus Ennis Centre. "The venue is tiny (holds about 100). Terrific night, full 90 minute set without a break (and without an encore)." (Liam Stewart).

2005-11-24 Ireland, Louth, Spirit Store. Tickets £ 32,50.

2005-11-25 Ireland, Antrim, Spring And Airbrake.

2005-11-27 Scotland, Glenfarg (Perth & Kinross), Bein Inn. Tickets £ 40.

2005-11-28 Scotland, Glenfarg (Perth & Kinross), Bein Inn.

2005-11-29 Scotland, Glenfarg (Perth & Kinross), Bein Inn.

2005-11-30 Scotland, Glenfarg (Perth & Kinross), Bein Inn.


2005-12-01 Scotland, Glenfarg (Perth & Kinross), Bein Inn.

2005-12-03 United Kingdom, Carlisle, The Basement (Fisher Street). "Tickets £ 20 advance, £ 25 door, £ 35 with meal." The Basement was formerly called Front Page.


Spring Tour, with band

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)
Supporting act John Smith


2006-02-17 UK, Buxton, Opera House. Opening night Festival of Live Music. Full house, superb band, good singing and fine guitar work. 100 minutes, no encore. Interesting May You Never with band sneaking in verse by verse. Tickets £ 22,50 and £ 25, 'no discounts'. Reviewed Record Collector.


2006-04-17 UK, Buxton, Opera House.

2006-04-24 UK, Milton Keynes, Stables.

2006-04-25 UK, Cheltenham, Town Hall.


2006-04-26 UK, Basingstoke, The Anvil. Wednesday night, 19:45 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. John's opening line: "Well as there's no demand for one-legged trapeze artists, I'd better do this." "The power went on the stage gear in the second half and John played a couple of beautiful acoustic numbers. Just the best ever." (Kevin Harmon-Smith)

2006-04-28 Scotland, Glasgow, ABC. Friday night, 19:00 hrs. Tickets £ 20.00. "Following the release of his last album On The Cobbles, a chance to see the respected Scottish songwriter with the husky tones and folk and jazz musical inflections.."

2006-04-30 UK, Manchester (Salford), The Lowry. Sunday night. Tickets £ 20.00.



2006-05-02 UK, Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall.

2006-05-03 UK, Wolverhampton, Robin 2. Wednesday night, with support. "The Robin 2 presents | John Martyn + Support | Wednesday 3rd May 2006 | Doors Open 7:30 pm." Tickets £ 20.00 (advance), £ 22.00 (door). "Ticket valid for 14 year old + accompanied by an adult."


2006-05-05 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange. Sound trouble.

2006-05-06 UK, Holmfirth, Picturedrome.

2006-05-08 UK, Cardiff, St David's Hall. Colin Tully on sax present.

2006-05-10 UK, London, Shepherd's Bush Empire. Bootlegged. Colin Tully on sax present.

2006-05-12 UK, Bristol, Colston Hall. Colin Tully on sax present.


2006-05-14 UK, Newcastle, Journal Tyne Theatre.

2006-05-15 UK, Leeds, Irish Centre.

2006-05-17 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street.

2006-05-26 Scotland, Ayr, Town Hall (Festival Club). Participating in Robert Burns Festival burns an' a' that!. Friday night, 19:00 hrs. No support act, tickets £ 12.50 (advance), £ 14.00 (door).


2006-08-11 UK, Cropredy (Banbury, Oxfordshire), Fairport's Cropredy Convention. With band on the Friday night. Bootlegged.

2006-08-13 Italy, Sarnico (Bergamo), Piazza Venti Settembre. Open air concert with Spencer Cozens, Alan Thomson and Arran Ahmun. Sunday night, 21:30 hrs, admission free. "JOHN MARTYN A SARNICO. Per la rassegna 'World Music Festival del Sebino' suona il cantautore scozzese John Martyn. La manifestazione si inserisce nella programmazione di 'Estate a Sarnico 2006'. Piazza XX Settembre, Sarnico, provincia di Bergamo, ore 21.30, ingresso gratuito." The show could just be finished before the rain. Someone made a nice video with a mobile phone. Also existing: an hour long soundboard recording and an excellent complete 12 track audience recording.



2006-09-09 UK, Newport (Isle of Wight), Robin Hill Country Park. Bestival was 8, 9 and 10 September, John and band played the main stage Saturday afternoon at 2:45 pm.

2006-09-11 UK, London, Barbican Hall. Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 23.50. On his own birthday John performs Solid Air in the Don't Look Back series. 2,000 seats sold out. Reviewed The Guardian, The Independent, Record Collector. Spencer Cozens, Alan Thomson, Arran Ahmun and Martin Winning (sax).


Irish Winter Tour


2006-11-19 Ireland, Wexford, Whites Hotel.

2006-11-20 Ireland, Limerick, Dolan's Warehouse.

2006-11-22 Ireland, Grange, Barry's Public House. Tickets € 35.

2006-11-23 Northern Ireland, Derry, Sandinos. Supporting act Keith Harkin and Cat Malojian, tickets £ 15.

2006-11-24 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Spring & Airbrake. Supporting act Don Mescall. Bootlegged (1:48).



Solid Air Tour, with band

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)
Supporting act John Smith


2007-01-21 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange.

2007-01-22 UK, Cardiff, St David's Hall.

2007-01-25 UK, Birmingham, Symphony Hall. Thursday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 24.50. "Chas Cole for CMP presents | John Martyn | plus support | The Solid Air Tour". Bootlegged (1:42).

2007-01-27 UK, Manchester (Salford), The Lowry. Saturday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 24.50. "John and the band were in fine form in front of a sell-out audience." (David Peatey)


2007-01-29 Scotland, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall (main auditorium). Performance of Solid Air during Celtic Connections. Monday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 18.00-£ 24.00; sold out. Reviewed in various Scottish papers. "He has a very bad cold, accompanied by a spluttering cough. The cold is so bad he informs us that 'last night I prayed for death'. He sooks copiously from a dark liquid by his side. Ann thinks it might be coca cola, but from where I’m sitting it is more like dark rum and coke WITHOUT the coke. Between songs he quips, 'I read recently that I am a living leg-end. Are these people taking the piss?'" (Alistair).


2007-01-30 UK, Gateshead, The Sage. Tuesday evening, 19.30 hrs, admission £ 25.00. "John was playing the Solid Air album, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. By then his health was poor, and he had lost part of his right leg and was in a wheelchair. But his spirit and voice were still great, and the concert was simply spell binding" (Anonymous).



2007-02-01 UK, Sheffield, City Hall.

2007-02-03 UK, London, Roundhouse. Saturday night, tickets £ 24.50. Recording of Solid Air: Live At The Roundhouse DVD.

Spring Tour, with band

Foster Paterson (keyboards), Martin Winning (sax), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)


2007-04-09 Scotland, Perth (Glenfarg), Bein Inn (warming up gig), with band. Monday night, tickets £ 40.00. "Mundell Music Presents". "Excellent rendition of Lookin’ On which featured solos from all the Band members" (Bob Cunningham)

2007-04-15 UK, Southampton, The Brook. Sunday.

2007-04-16 UK, London, Royal Albert Hall. Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 26.50. Supporting act John Smith. "Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment presents John Martyn Plus special guest John Smith". Solid Air revisited and Foss Paterson returning on keyboards.



2007-05-13 Ireland, Thomastown (Kilkenny), Murphys Bar (with band and support act). Sunday, tickets € 25. "John and his band plus guest perform in aid of a local charity" (James Quirke).

2007-05-14 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street. Monday night, 20:30 hrs. Tickets € 40.00. "Aiken Promotions present | John Martyn | The Solid Air Tour 07 | Vicar Street". Reviewed Record Collector of August. "He remains as animated as he ever".


2007-05-17 Scotland, Perth, Perth Concert Hall. 36th Perth Festival of the Arts, 16-27 May 2007. "Two guests on stage -sax player from last tour (Martin Winning) and also "The best guitar player I’ve ever heard" (JM) Frank Usher. John was clearly moved and speechless at a standing ovation after Rock Salt & Nails; eventually saying one more song, then Never Let Me Go; which had a second standing ovation as he was wheeled off-stage." (Bob Cunningham)


2007-05-19 UK, Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre. "Voice problems from about the third number. John didn't seem well. Obviously temporary." (Ian Barnett)

2007-05-21 UK, Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall. "John on top form with the band playing well together." (Kevin Bell)

2007-05-22 UK, Basingstoke, The Anvil.

2007-05-24 UK, Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre. Reviewed in Bournemouth Echo.

2007-05-26 UK, Isle of Skye, Broadford, Music Festival (Ashaig Airstrip). Day ticket £ 50.00. John played for about one hour, Saturday on the Non Stop Stage. "He seemed relaxed and chatted to the crowd who were very receptive. His rendition of May You Never went down a storm." (Claire McAuslane). Other acts on this stage Mark Olson, Barry Peters, Gecko 3.

2007-05-28 UK, Buxton, Opera House. Monday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 24.50. "The Complete Solid Air." "Band excellent as ever, the inclusion of Foster Paterson being an added bonus. Sound quality overall was superb, standing ovation at the end" (Keith).


2007-05-30 UK, Croydon, Fairfield Halls. Admission £ 24,50. (Bootlegged)


2007-06-01 UK, Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall. Friday night, 20:00 hrs. "CMP Entertainment presents | John Martyn - Solid Air Tour 2007". Admission £ 24,50 and £ 29,50 (boxes).



2007-07-21 Ireland, Thomastown (Kilkenny), Bridgebrook Arms. John Martyn turned up to play a few songs in support of a fundraising gig for the Irish Cancer Society. Don't Want To Know is one of them. "It all kicked off slightly later than advertised, around 5:30pm. A wonderful evening of music ensued with performances from Reverie, Luca, Paul Derby, Vickers Vimy, Dara and an unexpected last minute guest artist the legendary John Martyn, who turned up for the gig when he heard this important charity would benefit. It was a magical evening of fantastic music with over 70 people in attendance. Over five hundred euro was raised through the generosity of the audience and the acts." (Mark O'Toole)


Small Autumn Tour, Ireland

Arran Ahmun, percussion
Rather short set (about one hour)


2007-09-14 Ireland, Drogheda, Arts Centre.

2007-09-16 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Rotterdam Bar (100 seats). Supporting act John d'Arcy. Sunday night.

2007-09-17 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Rotterdam Bar. Monday night, tickets £ 18.00.

2007-09-18 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Rotterdam Bar (all sold out). Tuesday night, 20:30 hrs. " presents | John Martyn | (acoustic) plus support | Rotterdam Bar | Tuesday 18th September | Doors open 7.30pm Showtime 8.30pm | Tickets £18.00 | Limited Seating | Over 18s only".


2007-09-20 Ireland, Grange, Barry's Public House (cancelled). "We were at the gig in Grange in Sligo, which was called off at the last minute as John had been rushed to hospital. We stayed on as his support act, Clive Barnes, did a full set." (Michael McGahon). John was quickly out of the hospital again but had to cancel the rest of the tour for health reasons.

2007-09-21 Ireland, Rooskey, Shannon Key West Hotel (cancelled).

2007-09-22 Ireland, Headford, Campbell's Tavern (cancelled).

2007-09-24 Ireland, Cork, Cyprus Avenue (cancelled).

2007-09-25 Ireland, Cork, Cyprus Avenue (cancelled).

2007-09-27 Ireland, Carrig On Bannow, Colfers Pub (cancelled).



2008-02-04 UK, London, The Brewery. Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award on BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards night. With Spencer Cozens, Alan Thomson, Arran Ahmun, Martin Winning and special guest John Paul Jones on mandolin. "The climax of the night was the Lifetime Achievement Award to John Martyn, presented by long standing friend Phil Collins. "At last I’m a celebrity," joked the Scotsman as he and his superb band kicked into Over The Hill and an amazing version of May You Never, greeted with rapturous applause from the hall which had the big man, and many others, beaming."


2008-06-16 UK, London, The Brewery. Mojo Honours List winners presented; John won the Les Paul Award.


2008-07-14 UK, Liverpool, Echo Arena. Monday night, 20:00 hrs. Tickets £ 28.50. Liverpool Summer Pops show; support act for Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings. "A Chas Cole CMP Production | Summer Pops 08 | Bill Wyman / John Martyn".


2008-07-15 UK, Leeds, The Grand Theatre. Support act for Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings. Admission £ 24.50 and £ 28.50.
"I counted it as a 10 song set at just over an hour, far too short! All songs were played well, again heavily based on Solid Air. The place was only about half full too, with a good respectful audience." (Kevin Bell)

2008-07-17 UK, Kendal, The Brewery Arts Centre. Tickets £ 35. "The concert was truly moving and emotional. The Brewery is a small intimate venue which was packed. JM did all the usual classics and you just felt ike it was a privilege to be there." (Paul Farley).


2008-08-10 Ireland, Kilkenny, Kilford Arms Hotel. Part of the Dysart Festival that was struggling with disappointing ticket sales for the originally intended location of Dysart Castle. John was eventually scheduled for the main stage in the so-called Club 51 on a Sunday afternoon.


2008-10-09 USA, New York, Joe's Pub. 11:30 PM show with Danny Thompson. Part of Joe's Pub's 10th Anniversary Celebration. Reviewed in the New York Times.

2008-10-10 USA, New York, Anspacher Theater. Solo performance during exclusive Joe's Pub 10th Anniversary Gala. "A Tribute to Judy Collins; featuring Judy Collins, Jimmy Webb, John Martyn, Mary Gauthier, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Eric Andersen, and more."

2008-10-27 Ireland, Kilkenny, Kytelers Inn Beer Garden. "Bank Holiday Marathon Gig 3pm to midnight featuring Acousticats, Revolver, The Fundamentals, Myp Et Jeep, James Delahunty, Pete Fagan & The Scene, April’s Hip-Hop Troupe, Froud, Gill & Phil, DJ Amos, Na Fianna and the legendary John Martyn." John sang in fact two songs as closing act of the Rockfall Festival.

Grace & Danger Tour 2008

Spencer Cozens (keyboards), Martin Winning (sax), Alan Thomson (bass), Arran Ahmun (drums)



2008-11-07 UK, Brighton, Brighton Dome. Support act Jersey Budd. Admission £ 20.50.

2008-11-09 UK, Oxford, New Theatre (bootlegged, falsely attributed Carling Academy).

2008-11-10 UK, London, Barbican. Admission £ 27.50; sold out.

2008-11-12 UK, Birmingham, Town Hall. Admission £ 24.50.

2008-11-14 UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange. Friday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 24.50. "The band was superb, especially on Lookin On, fantastic drum solo from Arran Ahmun. John was as usual mostly unintelligible but hey it's about the music. Some of the G&D songs (Sweet little mystery, Hurt in your heart, Baby please come home) were gutwrenchingly delivered, quite upsetting really! The voice warmed up as we went along and was best by the time we got towards the end. After Cooltide, "One down..." and at one point he just exclaimed 'Horlicks' to general hilarity. Brilliant stuff, but no new material." (Diary note from John Hawkins).


2008-11-16 UK, Manchester (Salford), The Lowry. Sunday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 24.50. Bootlegged twice.


2008-11-17 Scotland, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall. Monday night, 19:30 hrs. Tickets £ 22.50-£ 24.50. "The respected Scottish songwriter with the husky tones and folk and jazz musical inflections plays songs from his classic album, Grace And Danger, as well as new material." "Glasgow's Concert Halls | Main Auditorium | Chas Cole for CMP | Presents | John Martyn | Monday 17-November-2008 | Venu opens 6:30pm | Show start 7:30 pm." Tickets £ 25.50 Arena stalls.


2008-11-19 UK, Newcastle, City Hall. Wednesday night, doors open 19:00 hrs. Tickets £ 24.50.


2008-11-21 UK, Cardiff, St David's Hall (bootlegged).

2008-11-23 UK, St Albans, Alban Arena. Support act Jersey Budd. "John Martyn In Concert | Arena | Doors 7.30pm | Plus Support | Sun 23 Nov 2008 8.00pm." Tickets £ 24.50. Bootlegged; last ever performance in UK.


2008-11-25 Ireland, Dublin, Vicar Street (bootlegged). "Aiken Promotions presents | John Martyn | Vicar Street | Doors 7:30/Show 8:30 | Tue 25-Nov-08 [...] Over 18's ID required."




2009-01-29 Ireland, Kilkenny. End of the road.

2009-02-01 Ireland, Kells (Kilkenny). Memorial service at St. Mary's Church (12.30pm).

2009-02-02 Ireland, Dublin, Newlands Cross Crematoriam. Cremation at 3pm on Monday. "No flowers. Collection during Service."



2009-03-02 Scotland, Largoward (St. Andrews), The Inn at Lathones. Part of the "Fifestock Music Festival | 17th February until 10th March | 22 days of Music Heaven! | Individual concerts from Legendary Artists all in front of a maximum capacity of only 50 people per night. Come and experience the most intimate GIG in Scotland today | The Inn at Lathones, Largoward, St. Andrews." Other artists billed were Denny Laine, Steve Gibbons band, John Jorgenson, String Driven Thing, Henry McCullough, Benny Gallagher, Hugh Cornwell. Tickets £ 75, capacity 50. (unconfirmed, alas).

2009-03-03 Scotland, Largoward (St. Andrews), The Inn at Lathones. Part of the Fifestock Festival. Tickets £ 75, capacity 50. (unperformed).

2009-03-04 Scotland, Largoward (St. Andrews), The Inn at Lathones. Part of the Fifestock Festival. Tickets £ 75, capacity 50. (unperformed).



To commemorate John's passing, several concerts have been organised over the years. A remarkable occasion was the ten year anniversary, organized and compered by Danny Thompson, with three members of John's band present. The hall was sold out completely, giving testimony to John's undiminished popularity. Several reviews of this unique show have been included in the Reviews section.


2019-01-27 Scotland, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall.