Archive for May 18th, 2007

John Martyn

John Martyn performed a great set at Perth Concert Hall.   I last saw him about 30 years ago in his Big Muff solo tour at The Capitol in Aberdeen, and he has certainly been through the mill since then.   Now wheelchair bound (he had to lose a leg recently) he revisited 1973 by performing his Solid Air album.    Now, I can’t say I am very familiar with the album (apart from “May you Never…”) but the music stands up really well after all this time.   

Martyn leant back in his chair, and stroked his guitars into life.   The voice sounded more gravelly than ever, and perhaps rather drowned by the band at times, but the performance was sound enough.     4 new material numbers set the scene, and showcased a very tight band:  really inventive drums, sweet fretless bass, guitar, keyboard and a sax player who brought out his clarinet on occasion.   And then we were into Solid Air itself – relaxed and extended tracks.    It was all over too soon, with some genuinely exciting moments, and an encore of Rock Salt and Nails rounded things up.

A packed Perth Concert Hall got to its feet in appreciation of a great rock legend who can still certainly do the business despite everything he has been through.

30th Jan 2009 – sadly John has passed away.   What a legend.   Obituary.

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