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John Martyn in concert, St Ives, Cornwall

John Martyn in concert, St Ives, Cornwall



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John Martyn in concert, St Ives, Cornwall

John Martyn (1948-2009), singer, songwriter and guitarist, in concert at the St Ives September Festival, Cornwall. Date: 1980

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1980 Closed Concert Eighties Eyes Festival Guitar Guitarist Ives Martyn Microphone Musician Performer Singer Songwriter


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John Martyn, the renowned British singer, songwriter, and guitarist, is captured in this evocative photograph as he mesmerizes the audience during his performance at the St Ives September Festival in Cornwall, 1980. With his eyes closed and focused intently on his microphone, Martyn immerses himself in the music, his fingers dancing gracefully over the strings of his guitar. The image transports us back to the 1980s, an era of rich musical history and innovation, where the raw power of live music could captivate and inspire. John Martyn, born in 1948, was a pivotal figure in the British folk and blues scene, blending traditional roots with progressive experimentation. His unique voice and virtuosic guitar playing set him apart from his contemporaries, earning him a devoted following and critical acclaim. This photograph encapsulates the essence of his live performances, which were known for their raw emotion and improvisational flair. The St Ives September Festival, held annually in the picturesque coastal town of St Ives, Cornwall, has been a celebrated fixture of the British cultural scene since its inception in 1975. The festival showcases a diverse range of music, arts, and literature, attracting visitors from around the world. This photograph of John Martyn performing at the festival is a testament to the enduring power of live music and the magic that can be created when an artist and their audience come together in a shared moment of inspiration.

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