John Martyn Tribute Festival. Details announced

John Martyn Tribute Festival. Details announced



Thursday 26 July 2012

– Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Ultan Conlon, The Man Whom and Deetrich
– Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September

The first batch of artists to play The John Martyn Tribute Festival were announced last night (Wednesday 25 July) at the Dublin launch party of the festival in the cities premiere music venue, The Workman’s Club.

Artists such as Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), John Martyn Tribute album contributor Ultan Conlon from Galway, multi instrumentalist and producer The Man Whom, Kilkenny songbird, Deetrich (Reekus Records) and Waterford musician Kevin Power will descend to Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. The two day festival follows on from a hugely successful one day event in 2011. Each artist will be joined by Johns long time band over the festival weekend to perform songs from decades of John’s career such as ‘May You Never’, ‘Over The Hill’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ and more along with their own original material.

Speaking at the launch festival organiser, Eva Lynch stated “We are delighted to extend the festival to a 2 day event this year and very excited to be bringing so many new acts to Thomastown, where John spent the remaining years of his life. This is the first of a number of announcements we plan to make in the lead up to the festival”.

Ultan Conlon, The Man Whom and Deetrich performed live at The Workman’s Club and paid tribute to the legend, John Martyn. Last year, Glen Hansard, Paddy Casey, Iarla O’ Lionard and Mick Hanly amongst others performed at the festival on the day of John’s birthday, September 11.

Remembering last year’s event, The Man Whom (Ian Doyle) said “My most enjoyable gig ever. To share a stage with John’s band was a master class in musical intuition. It was terrifying but equally exhilarating and welcoming. To meet the man’s lovely, kind and gentle partner Teresa, to eat at his table and sit on his toilet will forever be one of the most surreal experiences of my life”.

With a limit of 1500 tickets over the 2 day festival, it is expected to sell out rapidly, so make sure to pencil Friday 27 July into your diary, the day festival tickets go on sale.

The John Martyn Tribute Festival takes place in Carroll’s Market Yard, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September. Tickets are available via (on sale Friday 27), Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny and The Book Centre, Kilkenny. Visit for more details.