More musicians have been added to the bill for the second annual John Martyn Tribute Festival.
The event takes place across September 15 and 16 in Thomastown where the influential folk singer and songwriter spent his final years.
Carroll’s Bar will host the event for which the confirmed lineup includes Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Leslie Dowdall (inTuaNua), Ultan Conlon, The Man Whom, Kevin Power, Rob Doherty and Deetrich.
Now more names have been added. Among them Mundy, Iarla O’Lionaird, Jacqui McShee (Pentangle), Philip Donnelly, Doug Morter and Chris Campbell (Belfast) will join Martyn’s long-time band on stage over the festival weekend.
With a career spanning decades, Jacqui McShee is one of the co-founding members of British folk/ rock/ jazz band Pentangle. Alongside Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Danny Thompson, Pentangle was quickly flagged, along with Fairport Convention, as one of the earliest and most influential folk rock bands to emerge from Britain. McShee is a long-time friend and huge fan of John Martyn and in 1994 released About Thyme, an album featuring special guests including the folk legend.
Mundy, aka Edmond Enright, is an avid fan of John Martyn, having followed his musical career for some time. The Offaly-born musician has performed for US President Barack Obama and supported the likes of Alanis Morrissette, Neil Young and David Gray, along with producer Tommy D.
Doug Morter is the founding member of folk-rock band Hunter Muskett. Morter was also the lead singer of Then Came The Wheel, John Martyn’s ’80s band comprising Foss Paterson, Arran Ahmun, Alan Thomson and Martin Winning.
Dublin native Phillip Donnelly is a guitar player and singer who blazed a trail as a top musician in Hollywood and Nashville. Philip, also known as The Clontarf Cowboy, was referred to as The Boss on the guitar by John Martyn, a fine compliment given Martyn’s own skill on the instrument. Philip is currently working on a new album called Beyond the Pale, which will feature contributions from John Prine and Crystal Gale, and has recently been performing with Republic of Loose front man Mick Pyro.
Having performed his own Sean-nós song at last year’s concert, West Cork native, Iarla Ó Lionáird will join the John Martyn band at this year’s festival. Both Ó Lionáird and Martyn have a strong connection to the musical hub that is Thomastown, having both lived there for many years and their paths most definitely crossed at a session or two in the town.
One of the youngest musicians to join the lineup and potentially coming in as one of John’s biggest fans is Belfast musician Chris Campbell. Chris has spent the past year playing shows in Canada, the US and across Ireland and has supported acts such as Frank Turner, Mick Flannery and Nathaniel Rateliff. “It’s a privilege to be involved in a festival that celebrates such a phenomenal songwriter and musician. 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 and I am looking forward to performing my tribute to the man himself,” Chris said.
Finally, Ben Mac Caoilte is a Kilkenny vinyl DJ and life-long fan of John Martyn. At this year’s festival, Ben will play a selection of John’s music from London Conversation to Heaven and Earth entirely on vinyl.