Eight Years

Eight years ago today (29th January 2009) the world lost the most innovative singer-songwriter and guitarist it had ever known.

John’s passing was announced to the world here on his website, “With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning.”

We are fortunate to have the wonderful legacy of music that John left us. On this, the eighth anniversary of his passing, our hearts reach out to John’s family and loved ones. We all miss ‘Our John’, in our own personal way, but their loss is so much greater than ours.

Be still, be still inside your heart
Try forever, just try…
Be sweet forever
Forget me never
You know the Lord is true.

Raise a glass to ‘Our John’, put your favourite album on and celebrate “the cool bit” – the music.

I don’t want to know about evil, only want to know about love.

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Budget Compilation

May You Never: The Essential John Martyn was released by Universal Music on 25 November 2016. A budget priced compilation of previously released album tracks, alternate takes and mixes.

This imaginatively titled ‘essential’ compilation from Universal (following 2013s Sweet Little Mystery: The Essential John Martyn) includes 58 songs over 3CDs in a fold out digipack and is part of a series of releases in the same format that includes Status Quo, Dusty Springfield and Diana Ross amongst others.

Nothing new here for the majority of John fans. Further details in the discography section.

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Happy New Year

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With very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. Joy, peace and love.

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Caught On The Hop

Incredibly it is 20 years since John released his album And. In this article Mark Cooper reviews the album and briefly interviews John.

Caught On The Hop

John Martyn, now label mate with Portishead, has been checking out the Chicago house scene, and revising his wardrobe. Mark Cooper salutes his return to eccentricity.

JOHN MARTYN – AND on Go! Discs
Martyn’s debut for Go! Discs home of Paul Weller, Portishead and Gabrielle.

AndOne of the great maverick stylists of  British music, John Martyn has been out on a limb in recent years, marooned first by some increasingly safe albums for Island in the mid ’80s and then by a deal with Permanent, who appeared to hide everything he recorded. Latterly, he seemed doomed to play out his middle age on an endless circuit of Britain’s town halls and arts centres, raging at his long suffering fans and churning out increasingly perfunctory readings of the likes of May You Never. Fortunately, Martyn’s finally been picked up by a label which fosters home grown talent, and promptly returned his best work in many a moon.

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Volker

volker88It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Volker Bredebusch, promoter, friend and perhaps most of all a massive fan of everything John Martyn!

Volker promoted and tour managed for John in Europe for many years and also recently helped Beverley by organising a tour of Germany. Volker had an infectious enthusiasm, a great sense of humour and an encyclopedic knowledge of music!

He had beaten cancer once but it returned early last year with a vengeance, “life brought another unexpected surprise at the very start of the new year, after a sudden thrombosis in my right leg I couldn’t move and finally at the hospital they found a tumor beside my liver. So after 7 years without, I’ve got the C Blues again, well well well,  I’m with the experts now in Essen and they’re known to be among the best in Germany for this. Let’s see what they can do, I will hold my head up high and keep on moving, hoping the slow train doesn’t come around the bend too soon..”

Volker lost his hard fought battle with cancer on 5th September. Our thoughts are with his family, particularly Jürgen and his ‘almost family’ Ian. Rest in peace Volker.

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Will Young Cover

Will Young has recorded a cover version of John’s classic One World on his new EP entitled Summer Covers. The Beatles and Joni Mitchell also feature.

Wonder what John would make of it?

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