For regional news aimed at the Northwest of England, ITV (Granada Television) brought and entertaining half hour called Granada Reports. It had different presenters, one of them being Tony Wilson with his arts round-up What's On. "He would often have interesting guests – one was John Martyn singing May You Never," recalled Alan Ashworth on The Conservative Woman.
Glasgow-born, Martyn spent later 1960s building reputation on folk-circuit with albums like (1) and (2), before (3), recorded in the U.S. A. with members of The Band, brought him to wider attention.
Solo acoustic performance, recorded Maida Vale 4 studio 18 January.
Fans of John Martyn have probably noticed that the genial songster has been a little elusive of late. We decided that it was about time we brought him out into the open and got some straight answers about what he's been up to for the last year.
Radio recording of solo gig at London, Regent's Park Open Theatre.
The gig took place 4 July 1976; Hedgehog Pie was supporting act.
John Martyn is a man of paradox. A performer who interplays a cockney brashness in conversation with his audience against an emotive warmth in his singing and fiery virtuosity in his playing.
IT WAS about November when John Martyn announced that he'd be taking a year off from live appearances in Britain.
It wasn't believable at the time; and this wasn't the first gig since the itchy-fingered Martyn's pronouncement. But the small steep-tiered Open theatre in the heart of Regent's Park on Sunday evening must be just about the ideal setting for Martyn's music.
THE news that Danny Thompson is getting back into jazz will please the many who have missed the big, fat tone of his bass during his protracted flirtations with other types of music.
By STEPHEN TURNER
John Martyn's concert at the Carlisle Hotel may have been his last in this country but it certainly will not have been one of his most memorable.
Of all the people we've seen this year, one of them, means more to us than any of the others. John Martyn; and his inclusion in Liquorice is both timely and essential. John's music is highly cathartic, and deeply emotive. His personal 'philosophy' of love as the only answer is manifested in a quite remarkable fashion within his superb songs. And coupled with this is his seemingly inborn dislike and mistrust of the music business and its nefarious activities.