The CAT Club presents a long playing vinyl record: SOLID AIR by JOHN MARTYN with producer JOHN WOOD
May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
By 1973, John Martyn – still at the tender age of 25 – had racked up five albums (two with then wife, Beverly). At the age of 17 his jazzy folk had caught the ear of Chris Blackwell of Island records and while he was a favourite on the club circuit prevalent in those far off days, he had yet to really define his sound. Solid Air changed all that for good.
The real breakthrough in Martyn’s sound had really come with the previous album, Bless The Weather. The reasons were threefold: Firstly he’d joined forces with a man with whom he’d be linked for decades to come – ex-Pentangle bass player, Danny Thompson. Danny’s double bass profundities were the perfect accompaniment to John’s fine finger picking. The second was the adoption of the Echoplex tape delay machine as his weapon of choice when it came to laying down the smoky, fuzzy vibe that made Martyn such a smoker’s choice in years to come. The third was his voice. Maybe by this point he’d done enough smoking (and drinking) to really let the slurry, laid back delivery kick in, but suddenly the combination of the modal picking and almost horizontal attitude made perfect sense.
At the helm pulling this altogether was legendary producer, JOHN WOOD.
John will be here at The CAT Club to present SOLID AIR and not only talk about this wonderful album but regale us with some anecdotes about some of the incredible artists he has worked with including: Fairport Convention, Cat Stevens, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Incredible String Band, Pink Floyd, Nico and Squeeze.