Summer Gathering coming up..

The 2024 Summer Gathering will be a special one, as this is the tenth edition. It will take place mid June, the weekend of 15 and 16, at Mickleton Village Hall, Barnard Castle. Some very interesting artists have been booked and bass player Alan Thomson will also be present. From my own experience I can highly recommend the company.


Ticket price is £40 for the weekend; day tickets are £25 but who would not want to stay a little bit longer with the finest folk in town.
Tickets can be purchased via ticketsource and of course at the venue during the weekend itself.
More information can be obtained on Facebook at the John Martyn Group.


Glasgow Gathering

Best way to reminisce about the big man

Traditionally during the last weekend of January, John Martyn fans get together in Glasgow for a so-called winter gathering. The upcoming one is to take place Saturday 27 Januari 2024, at the Clutha & Victoria Bar, 159 Bridgegate. Expect some interesting artists to perform and a lot of inspiring, friendly company.


Ticket price is only £10. Tickets can be obtained via this link:
And of course at the venue during the weekend itself. More and latest information can be found on Facebook at the John Martyn Group.


Vinyl reissues on Proper

1 Oct 2023
Jim Wirth

A boyish 18 when he left Glasgow, Martyn didn't complete his Jekyll & Hyde switch from blond cherub to snarling, menacing, jazz-folk demon until the early 1970s, but these vinyl reissues of his first four records capture his determined efforts to lose his innocence.

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Rather odd find

coverWhile searching for an old concert in Barnstaple, I stumbled upon a remark by DJ Wendy May: "After extensive touring and some John Peel sessions they eventually signed to Phonogram and made an album in 85, which featured the legendary John Martyn on guitar." She is referring to a band called the Boothill Foot-Tappers. They made exactly one album that surfaced October 1985: Ain't That Far From Boothill. It was released by Mercury (MERH 76) and John is indeed credited for Guitars on a track called Stand Or Fall (side B, track #3).
No idea why this track was never mentioned in the older discographies before. It has been included here in the Collaborations section and I also found a review.



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