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

John Martyn for beginners: 3 albums and 5 tracks

First of a series following from my Inspirations series, where I’ll offer a beginners’ guide to some of the artists I love. Three albums and five tracks. A virtuoso musician with a voice to melt the coldest of hearts. (John Hillarby) Three albums Solid Air (1973) The definitive John Martyn album, where he found his … Read moreJohn Martyn for beginners: 3 albums and 5 tracks

Ye Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style

The banks of the river Doon

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. I’m using the thumb-slap technique that was the mainstay of Martyn’s acoustic work, the most celebrated example being May You Never. In this song I’ve dropped the E string down … Read moreYe Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style