Devendra, Beck for John Martyn Tribute

 

 

British
singer-songwriter passed away in January of 2009.

 

By Fred Mills

 

The terms “legend” and “influential” tend to become
meaningless with overuse, and when combined with the term “tribute album” one
typically shudders in horror. In the case of the late UK folk pioneer
John Martyn, however, we’ve got the proverbial exception proving the rule. He
died on Jan. 29, 2009 at the age of 60 and you can read our obituary along with
a personal remembrance from yours truly right here.

 

Word now arrives from Martyn’s official website (via
Pitchfork) that a tribute album is “well underway” featuring an intriguing
roster of artists – among them are Beck, Devendra Banhart, Beth Orton, the Cure’s Robert
Smith, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver, the Swell Season and two genuine left-field
entries, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Sonia Dada (who even knew the latter
were still around?). No label or release date has been announced yet bu “further
details as they become available,” says Martyn’s site. Here’s the lineup so
far:

 

Stormbringer – Beck
May You Never – Snow Patrol
Small Hours – Robert Smith (From The Cure)
Rope Soul’d or Sapphire – The Blackships (Nick McCabe and Simon Jones from The
Verve)
Go Down Easy – Beth Orton
Let The Good Things Come – David Gray
Couldn’t Love You More – Lisa Hannigan
I Don’t Want to Know – The Swell Season
One World – Paolo Nutini
Sweet Little Mystery -Devendra Banhart
Go Easy – Vetiver
Head & Heart – Vashti Bunyan
Solid Air – Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
Over The Hill -Ted Barnes featuring Gavin Clark (from Clayhill and Unkle)
Glorious Fool -The Blind boy’s Of Alabama
Anna – Brendan Campbell
Dancing – Sonia Dada
Certain Surprise – Sabrina Dinan
John Wayne – Oh My God
Clutches – Foley (Miles Davis Bass Player)
Angeline – Nicholas Barron
You Can Discover – Cheryl Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

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