"I remember John dancing around with pleasure," recalls Scullion vocalist Sonny Condell. "We didn't know how it would work out. John could be a hard man. But our experience of working with him was the reverse of that. It was a lovely time."
It's a nice idea, to go back to roots and search out the acoustic fledgling days of John Martyn and all that followed.
Around about 1999/ 2000, Belfast-based film producers Lyn and Eleanor McMullan began to film many feet of footage of the musician John Martyn playing with his band of the time, whose members were: Spencer Cozens, keyboards, Arran Ahmun, drums, John Giblin, bass, and Jim Lampi on that peculiar twelve string guitar-like of his called the Chapman Stick.
In short, for anyone who recognises striking and bold contemporary music when it jumps up at them, this is a rich find indeed.
Hundreds of mourners flocked to the small town of Kells in County Kilkenny at the weekend to attend the funeral of world-renowned folk musician John Martyn.
John who had been living in Thomastown with his partner Theresa, died on Thursday last week.
MARTYN (Wollangrange, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny) Jan. 29, 2009, John (Muscian) (formerly of Roberton, Langside, Glasgow); deeply missed by Teresa, Bari, Spencer, Wesley and Eimer, sister Jules, brother David, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Reposing at his home. Service at St. Mary's Church, Kells, Co. Kilkenny at 12.30 o'c. tomorrow (Sunday). Cremation in Newlands Cross Crematoriam at 3 o'c. on Monday. No flowers. Collection during service.
Publish Date: 31st January 2009
Published in: Irish Independent
The interview was shot at The Jerpoint Inn (Thomastown), conducted by Bryan Kolupski and edited to a 7 minute film with musical intermezzos. The subtitles come in pretty handy in spite of the occasional mistake.
John's early inspiration
I listened to a guy called Davey Graham, he still remains one of my heroes. He was a real mover when it came to guitar playing. I think bohemians have a strange way of playing, they really do... Listen to a guy called George Spence; very very erratic and strange but very organized which is great. It has to do with the vocal phrasing and the guitar phrasing, being right behind each other. Anyway, that's no more than you need to know, I suppose, really...
What influences John's music
The Bottom Line:
Début CD single by Irish duo featuring Big John on vocals.
Two live tracks and a bonus video included.
UltanJohn are Ultan Conlon and John Conneely from Co. Galway, Ireland.
John Martyn, Singer and musician
Where are you?
Anywhere, at any given time. At this moment, Kilkenny.
Favourite items of clothing?
Djellaba, dhoti, three-piece suit, things mostly oriental.
The Bottom Line:
Unofficial release of a Irish broadcast with good atmosphere.