Concert review

Amsterdam, Melkweg, 10 Apr 1980

12 Apr 1980
Stan Rijven

John Martyn, ongeïnspireerd

door Stan Rijven

AMSTERDAM — Het draaien van een joint en een plaat van John Martyn blijkt voor velen nog een twee-eenheid te vormen. Zijn muziek leent zich daar dan ook voor aangezien hij een meester is in het toveren van klankreeksen waarin een dromerige sfeer wordt opgeroepen.

Falkirk, Burns Bar, 9 Jan 1980

28 Jan 1980
Sandy Bell's Broadsheet
Sandy Colquhoun

SANDY COLQUHOUN of Falkirk writes:
The Burns Folk Club, Burns Bar, Vicar Street, Falkirk, has got off to a flying start (on January 9) with Hamish Imlach providing a cracker of a night – John Martyn dropped in and did a floor spot.

On January 16 Kentigern played to a full house, thus filling us with hope for the future. […]

John Neil Munro clarifies: Sandy Bell's is a famous pub/ folk venue in Edinburgh. The broadsheet was out fortnightly with news from folk clubs around Scotland.

Melbourne, Dallas Brooks Hall, 19 Jul 1978

19 Jul 1978
The Age
Mark Daly

His fingers didn't leave his hands


John Martyn grits his teeth, rocks back on his chair and rolls his guitar across his knee as a wave of sustained notes surges through Dallas Brooks Hall. The scene is Wednesday night's concert. He is playing Inside Out [sic], a stunning combination of virtuosity on amplified acoustic guitar involving the use of Echoplex, wah-wah pedal, stereo projection and lyricism. The concert, a blend of folk, rock and Caribbean influences, was a success.

London, Rainbow, 21 Nov 1977

3 Dec 1977
New Musical Express
Steve Clarke

John Martyn

PRESUMABLY, John Martyn, who's been around so long even his most devoted followers must take him for granted, doesn't give a monkey's toss about Making It In A Big Way, but there's still no excuses for the performer's lackadaisical attitude at the Rainbow last Monday.1
That the gig was still enjoyable, if hardly stimulating and occasionally dull (when Martyn, augmented by electric back-up, failed to extract any inspiration from his musicians on several pieces of rifferama), is a measure of Martyn's talent rather than his personality.

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