Concert review

Cambridge, Corn Exchange, 21 Jan 2007

21 Jan 2007
Daily Telegraph
David Cheal

Soaring on Solid Air

David Cheal reviews John Martyn at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge

On the sleeve of his classic 1973 album Solid Air, John Martyn looks young, fresh and alive, his skin cherub-smooth, his features sharp and defined.
Today, aged 58, the Anglo-Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist is a big, big man, with a face ballooned and ravaged by time, and a body that's largely wheelchair-bound following the loss of his lower right leg through an infected cyst in 2003.

Cardiff, St David's Hall, 22 Jan 2007

23 Jan 2007
The Western Mail
Andrew Wilcox

St David's Hall, Cardiff

I suppose it may be difficult to support John Martyn. Yet somehow John Smith, tonight's supporting act, manages to cram references to Star Wars, Tim Buckley and the problems with registering your own name as a domain (http://acousticsmith.com/) into his set and pull it off with a great guitar style and a sweet deep voice that takes you back to the singer songwriters of the Seventies.

London, Shepherd's Bush Empire, 10 May 2006

12 May 2006
The Guardian
Mat Snow

* * * * *

In the 1970s, John Martyn was the master of the romantic sublime. Schooled in the 1960s folk boom, this Glaswegian went electric, made the Echoplex tape-delay device his own, and found his musical soulmate in fellow closet jazznik double-bassist Danny Thompson. Tender intimacy and booming spaciousness all of a piece, Martyn's classic albums Bless The Weather, Solid Air and One World conjured acoustic-electric moodscapes where your heart and time itself stood still.

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