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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 29 Jan 2009 11:11 pm

May you never…….

Its sad news that we have today lost the musically ethereal and eccentrically blurry John Martyn. He was a larger than life character – he lived life full on, head on and often off his head. His wonderful music crossed the divide between folk and blues and is a marvelous legacy. He was a beautiful soul who once said “I don’t want to know about evil, I only want to know about love…”

He was, in every sense, a bon viveur and only 60 when he went. His music was an emotive soundtrack to the most astonishing times of my teen years and indeed beyond. Like me he was also a fan of jazz, particularly in later years, and a huge fan, again like me, of Jan Garbarek. I saw him live several times, first in the early 70’s when I was only 15 and most recently in the 90’s – when I WASN’T in my teens! Its always sad when someone goes who has touched our lives – especially through the arts – but as my friend Deb has just said in a text – John’s passing feels a bit weird somehow.
I can feel a delve into the vinyl and CD archive coming on.
You cane see an interview with him here – at the 2008 BBC Folk Awards hen he got a Lifetime Achievement Award. As ever, amusing, irreverent and on good form.

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