Blood, Sweat and Cheers

Vivien Goldman

The agony and the ecstacy on tour with John Martyn. First aid by VIVIEN GOLDMAN.

JOHN MARTYN rivets attention performing. You'd be wrong in assuming that just because he's one-man-with-a-guitar he doesn't make every crevice of the stage swing.

Up To Date with John Martyn

Andy Childs
ZigZag magazine #70

Only six weeks or so gone, and already it looks as if 1977 is going to be a cracker of a year for rock music! In the month of January alone we had superb albums from Spirit and David Bowie plus the exceptional music of Ry Cooder and his band at the Hammersmith Odeon, and February promises long-awaited albums from Neil Young and Roy Harper, with the latter about to return to the road with his new band Chips.

What's On (1977)

Granada Television
25 Feb 1977

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.


The NME Book of Rock 2

Nick Logan, Bob Woffinden
W.H. Allen & Co, London 1977, ISBN 0 352 39715 2

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.

Player Of The Month

Beat Instrumental

John Martyn

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.

July Wakes Festival

Tour program


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.


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