Tuesday, 5 February 2008

John MartynJohn Martyn wins BBC folk honour: "Singer-songwriter John Martyn has been given the lifetime achievement award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards."

I'm somewhat ashamed to say that, although I've been aware of him for a long time, I only started to seriously listen to John Martyn's music about a year ago. He has very quickly become one of my favourite guitarists. His music transcends genres - folk, jazz, blues, rock, even some reggae, and his early use of the Echoplex pre-dated just about everyone using loops and delay effects in their guitar playing. Oh, and then there's his voice which has often been compared to the sound of the baritone sax. Go on, treat yourself and dig those John Martyn albums out!


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