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More acts on board for 2nd John Martyn festival
Musicians flock to Thomastown to pay tribute to the folk legend
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 22 Aug 2012
New additions have been announced for the 2nd John Martyn tribute festival including Mundy, Iarla O'Lionaird, Jacqui McShee (of British folk/rock/jazz band Pentangle), Philip Donelly, Doug Morter and Chris Campbell will join John Martyn's long time band on stage over the weekend.
All guests have a special link to John Martyn. Jacqui McShee is a long time friend and fan of John Martyn, who released her ‘About Thyme’ album in 1994 featuring John Martyn as a special guest. Doug Morter is the founding member of folk-rock band Hunter Muskett and was the lead singer of Then Came The Wheel, John Martyn’s 80’s band.
Dublin native and guitarist Phillip Donnelly was referred to as “The Boss” on the guitar by John Martyn. And Iarla Ó Lionáird has a strong connection to Martyn and Thomastown as both lived there for many years.
One of the youngest musicians to join the line up is Belfast musician Chris Campbell. “It’s a privilege to be involved in a festival that celebrates such a phenomenal songwriter and musician," he said. "I was sold from the moment I heard “Couldn’t Love You More”. Martyn is one of the greats, an influence to so many songwriters including myself & I am looking forward to performing my tribute to the man himself.”
Kilkenny vinyl DJ and John Martyn fan Ben Mac Caoilte will also play a selection of John’s music from London Conversation to Heaven and Earth entirely on vinyl at the festival this year. Other participating artists include Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Leslie Dowdall (inTuaNua), Ultan Conlon, The Man Whom, Kevin Power, Rob Doherty and Deetrich.
When? Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September
Where? Carrolls Market Yard, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Tickets: Day tickets are available for 25 euro from Ticketmaster