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In 1971/ 1972 I was Social Secretary at Brighton Poly. John did a solo gig at the Friday Night Club. If memory serves me it was during February 1972. He was outstanding and everyone had an excellent time.


A couple of things are not right, I know because I was present at the gig of 3-11-1991 at Tivoli Utrecht. Support act was Calvin Russell but John didn't want to play after Calvin so John opened first. I was there and there was no pulling the plug. Had a chat with him after the show, his son was also there.


From your concert listing:
1982-10-23 UK, London, Hammersmith Odeon (perhaps Dominion). With band, supporting act Any Trouble. "Extra show by public demand." Tickets £3.50-£4.50.
This gig was at the Dominion, Tottenham Court Road, London - I was there and remember Any Trouble was supporting John and his band. I taped both artists although unfortunately my tapes have since been lost.


I can add one gig to John Martyn's history. While supporting YES on tour in 1974, he played on March 2nd, 1974 at the Louisville Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. It was my first-ever YES concert... and my birthday. That YES concert was a magical night. I doubt anyone in the audience had even heard of John Martyn. He was the perfect opening to the evening.


He definitely did two gigs in Les Cousins post the Central London Poly gig with Loudon Wainwright III [30 October 1971, ed.]. I know because I was there for both, and the first time I ever saw him was by chance when I went to the Loudon gig. The first one was possibly still in 1971 but more likely in 1972. The second one was on the closing night when Les Cousins closed its doors for the last time [April 1972, ed.]. That night he was in a seriously, in earnest, awesome, riveting mood to play out Les Cousins. That night was simply, amazing... I remember it well. I was 16 years young at the time and I nearly missed the last tube on the nearby Northern Line, the gig ran on so late. Just got there in time, by shear luck - phew! I had no clear idea at what time the last tube left Tottenham Court Road. All I knew was that No Way was I leaving Les Cousins before the end...


John played at Birmingham University Students Union in the Christmas term 1970. This would therefore be between early October and mid-December. Your gig guide has massive holes for late 1970 - I hope you can find more details about this gig, so you can fill at least one!


I saw John, with Danny Thompson, at the Woughton Centre, Milton Keynes, in 1986 (it could possibly have been early 1987, but I don't think so). It was a seated gig, with no support, probably a warm-up. The material was very similar to the German concert CD release from that time. Any clues as to the exact date?


Hi - only just discovered your wonderful site. Brilliant. BUT I have a problem - probably of my memory! I went to see JM and full electric band at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester in the early 80's and take this to be either the 23/10/81 or 20/09/82 gig. I even got back to the after gig 'party' as I was with Susie Stockton from the pro-folk organisation 'Perform', who knew him. It was a bit flat afterwards and he was keen to know if I'd enjoyed the gig. I said I had but it was actually a real disappointment - hardly any of the subtlety and jazzy-folky feel I had loved at previous gigs in the 70's.
My recollection is that his record company (Island? WB?) were trying to break him as a major rock act and it just wasn't happening. The nadir for me was a song with a repeated word ('Brazil'?) as the hook. However -and this is really the point of my query!- I then went a few years later to see him and it remains one of the very best gigs I ever went to - a real return to his very best with all the classics. But as for details, 30 years later I can only assume my memory is lacking as I can't see it on the gig list. I thought it was a trio with Danny Thompson and a black guy on percussion and it was at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and that it was in the middle-ish 1980's. I also thought I'd been told that he was broke and was doing these almost unofficially to get some cash together. Any help? Whatever the actual facts, it was a totally brilliant gig!


I was very interested in your comment about the Amsterdam, Paradiso gig in May 1983. I was the drummer for Well Brian who was support that night. I lost touch with the band when I left for Scotland in 1982. Would you by any chance have any info about the singers name or a way to contact them again? The singer/ writer was Bas Ebble though that's probably not how it was spelled. As I am Scottish, you will understand Dutch wasn't my fist language.


Hi, I'm curious about a gig which I saw in Canterbury - circa 1978/79? I'm very sure about the gig as I hitched down there from Lincoln Art College with a friend and stayed with my brother (who was at Kent/Canterbury Uni). What made the gig so special was that he'd invited Steve Tilston to play the first set, someone I'd just discovered a few months earlier - he'd just brought out Songs From The Dress Rehearsal I think? After Steve Tilston, John played a first set solo and then brought on a band to play a few tunes 'from a forthcoming album'! I don't know the members of the band, but it was -I think- just bass, guitar and drums, although I may have forgotten someone I'm almost sure there was no keyboards.
Thanks in advance for any info.


One entry in the giglist looks interesting: 1977-02-11 UK, Canterbury, Kent University. "Kent Ents '77 presents | John Martyn | + Guest support | at the Odeon, Friars, Canterbury | Friday February 11 at 8pm." This ties in well with the release year of Songs From The Dress Rehearsal (1977). And the upcoming album must have been One World of course.

I have never seen so much passion, or feeling put into music by any other performer, I still cry when I see him singing in his wheel chair.

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