Festival organisers are busy preparing for the second John Martyn Tribute Festival due to take place this weekend in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. The tribute festival to John Martyn will see acts such as James Yorkston, Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Jacqui McShee (Pentangle), Mundy, Iarla O’ Lionaird and more travel to the town Martyn spent the final years of his life.
All of the artists on the line up will be joined by John Martyn’s long time band and tributes to the folk legend will be performed over the two – day festival. Festival organiser, Eva Lynch, a close friend of the Scottish singer has been receiving messages from fans and friends of John Martyn, each one paying tribute and telling their memories of the folk singer.
“I met a lovely Scottish man in Inistioge on Thursday called Jim Brown, whotold me about how he used to live in the same village as John 15 or so years ago, one day John arrived down to the local with David Bowie and Phil Collins. I’d say that was some night.” said Miss Lynch.
Others remarking about how much Martyn’s music means to them. “The first time I heard John Martyn singing, a new world opened for me , it was 1975 and I was in second year! The words to May You Never rolled over my mind like a cloud floating on a summers day. Where I first heard his music with my best friend from school as we pondered what life would bring us. We just celebrated her 50th birthday. I want to thank you John for the memories and the music,” said Karen Heffernan.
“According to John, one of his favourite songs of all time was ‘Susan’s House’ by The Eels (in particular the intro which he was often humming). So every time that he came into Murphy’s in Thomastownnand I was there, it became customary to put the song on full blast and we’d be singing along to our hearts content. Happy memories of a true gentleman that it was such an honour to know ,” said Catherine Finan from Thomastown.
The second tribute to the Scottish folk legend takes place in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny this Saturday and Sunday (September 15 and 16). Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie. For more information visit www.facebook.com/thejohnmartyntributefestival