John's wife, Beverley, has given up working with him in the clubs because she is too busy being a full-time mum to their two children. She still works on his albums and may well return to music when her children are a little older. She appeared on John's latest album Bless The Weather and there are plans for her to do a solo album when she gets the time.
"Beverley is anxious to work again. Being a good singer is a heavy thing, but being a mother is heavy, too. The two together don't always work. I feel the same about this album as I did about the last one, Stormbringer, except this one is a little purer."
"Also, I didn't have the hassles with this one. With Stormbringer I had to travel to the States to get the musicians I wanted –like Harvey Brooks and John Simon– primarily for a rhythm section. The track Just Now is the best thing I've done I think."
However, John had planned on doing something different with this album had he had a bigger budget to work with. But as Stormbringer didn't break sales records, the budget was kept to two thousand pounds.
"I might have done an electric album. That doesn't mean I don't dig Bless The Weather, I do, but I may do the next album with electric instruments. I've been using them since the last album and it provides more scope. There isn't much adaptation, I just have to sing louder. With acoustic music, you can only do a few things a few ways but with a wider tonal quality, there are more possibilities."
Although he isn't really a typical singles artist, a single has just been brought out of his song May You Never. John isn't ecstatic about it and thinks that it will probably just do nothing.
Although John did a few of the songs from the album at the QE hall, he generally tries not to emphasise his album in the way that many artists take the opportunity of plugging a record.
"Sometimes I consciously avoid pushing the album. The people in the audiences are sharp and they can suss anyone that's up there just to make a quick one. Everybody should have a good time at concerts."
"The music industry in general is looking for a shot in the arm, a new era, a new Beatles, but they are trying to manufacture one. It doesn't work trying to do that. As to the BBC's programmes on Radio 1 – I don't hate them, but I resent them. I think, for instance, that they should devote a whole show to ethnic folk music because it's important. It's not the only music for me by any means, but I started out doing folk."
At the moment, John is half thinking about finding a bass player and a drummer, but wants to make sure he gets exactly the kind of musicians he needs.
"It's a matter of finding the right people. You have to consider what you like playing and also you have to keep a certain looseness so that ideas can be worked out. There are a few artists I really admire, although I wouldn't say I wanted to play like them. I respect John McLaughlin and Nick Drake, because they are good guitarists. I'd like to be able to play as well, but not she same."
John has been taking a lot of work lately, but mainly around the South of England, within travelling distance of his home in Hastings. However, there is a chance that he will be doing some work in the States in the New Year and before then he will be going to Belgium and Holland for 10 days.
1 This show took place Friday 10 Sep 1971 and John was supporting act to Sandy Denny (as was Duncan Browne).
Disc and Music Echo was a London based weekly music newspaper that was incorporated into Record Mirror 1975.