Those who are restless
Seeking their solace at night
drift in time sweet time
small hours (1977)
please fall in love with me (1981)
John Martyn passed away in County Cork, Ireland in 2009 at the relatively young age of 60 but he packed several lifetimes into a career that began in the late 1960’s in which he explored different musical genres -folk/blues/jazz/ambient/rock – whilst retaining his own unique style and personality. Like some but not all great artists/performers, Martyn’s music seemed to be inextricable from his own lifeforce and it felt like he poured everything of himself into every recording and performance, as if he would cease to exist or function without musical expression. His wild, emotive performing style could sends shudders down the spine of less committed artists.