Solid Air Malt

The Story of Solid Air Malt

Solid Air MaltbI moved to Scotland in the year 2000. At the time my favourite malt whisky was 21 year old Springbank and all things Springbank were alright with me. One of the bottles I bought included an offer to invest in a cask of Springbank. I decided to see if my best friend Andy Miller would be interested in sharing the purchase. Andy and I are friends from school and best man at each other’s wedding etc. Taking account of cost and quantity, we signed up for a 50 Litre (11 gallon) first fill Oloroso sherry cask. The cask was actually filled in May 2001.

Our plan was to see it mature for at least 15 years if not 16, which would coincide with our 60th birthday year and we could then have it bottled for our respective retirements.

In early January 2009, I received a call from the distillery saying that due to the small cask size, an increased rate of evaporation had occurred. The alcohol level (ABV = alcohol by

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Promo Release for Late Night John

New promotional release for the promo section.

Released in early May 2004 in a printed plain white record company sleeve this advanced review copy of the Late Night John compilation was distributed for promotional purposes to music journalists. Produced in very limited numbers, this particular release was accompanied by a one page press release;

Late Night Promo“JOHN MARTYN
LATE NIGHT JOHN
10TH MAY 2004

CAT. NO. 9813651 BARCODE 0602498136515

Ballad Of An Elder Woman / Fly On Home / Parcels (John & Beverley Martyn) / Stormbringer (John & Beverley Martyn) / Bless The Weather / Head And Heart / Solid Air / Don’t Want To Know / So Much In Love With You / You Can Discover / Call Me Crazy / Small Hours / One World / Hurt In Your Heart / Angeline.

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Record Store Day – Cocain / London Conversation

John Martyn RSD (Front Cover)Cocain / London Conversation (Island Catalogue Number 472-010-5)

Universal Music have announced this 7 inch single of Cocain (the original song title as opposed to Cocaine) that will be released to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday 18th April 2015.

This single will be available exclusively from participating stores only.

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Gavin Clark

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of the incredibly talented Gavin Clark.

On Monday 16th February in the morning, Gavin Clark shockingly passed away at the age of 46. A peerless songwriter and poet, Gavin is infamous for his work with Sunhouse and Clayhill, and had collaborated heavily with UNKLE. He is also much loved for his musical collaboration with visual director Shane Meadows on films such as Somers Town and This Is England, plus the recent live re-scoring of Dead Man’s Shoes.

Gavin and Ted Barnes recorded Over The Hill for the Johnny Boy Would Love This tribute album.

Gavin’s family announced on facebook, “We are heartbroken and so sad to have lost him. As a family we scattered his ashes at this, his favourite beach in Devon last weekend.

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Sandy Denny Biography

This fantastic new biography of Sandy Denny by Mick Houghton is released on 5th March by Faber and Faber.

unicornI’ve Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female British singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy emerged from the passionate, hard-drinking folk scene of the sixties – a world of larger-than-life characters such as Alex Campbell, Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, Anne Briggs and her future husband, the Australian singer Trevor Lucas. She then laid down the marker for folk-rock when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968, recording three albums with them before her shock departure in November 1969 just ahead of the release of the last, the seminal Liege & Lief.

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Nick Drake – Remembered For A While

drake71QXG2pSyELNick Drake – Remembered For A While is a fantastic new book celebrating the life and music of Nick Drake. Press release;  “This is not a biography. It is, rather, an attempt to cast a few shards of light on Nick Drake the poet, the musician, the singer, the friend, son and brother, who was also more than all of these. We hope it will accompany all those in search of an elusive artist, who was as indefinable as the morning mist.”

Superbly presented with copies of hand written lyric sheets and never seen before photographs. Further information here.

 

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