Ye Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style (live)

The banks of the river Doon

UPDATED 09/11/2018 Following my post about  John Martyn I was thinking about where I’d used his guitar style most, and it was probably this Robert Burns song. Here’s a live video, recorded at home where you can follow the guitar style if you’re that way inclined. Also updated: the Now page Here’s the studio version … Read more

Island Samplers – more than your money’s worth in old pence

Island sampler You Can All Join In front cover

In the early 1970s, inspired by the success of CBS’s The Rock Machine and The Rock Machine Turns You On, many record companies started putting out budget-price samplers. Island Records made some of the most popular samplers, and the Island samplers are still regarded with affection and listened to today. Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Traffic, … Read more

John Martyn – the wounded giant

John Martyn

This is part of a series of posts about the musicians who’ve inspired me. Today it’s about the wounded giant that was John Martyn. You know John? One summer when I was at Glasgow University, I worked lunchtimes in Glasgow’s first vegetarian restaurant, Gemini, on Sauchiehall Street. Sometimes after my stint I would stay and … Read more