The John Martyn Project is a special project comprised of Blythe Pepino, Kit Hawes, Pete Josef, Sam Brookes, John Blakeley and Jon Short, six artists coming together to celebrate the music of John Martyn. Each brings their own story and connection to John’s music which adds to the fabric of the overall experience of the project.
"This is unlike anything I've heard before” - Folk Radio
"With his keening tenor vibrato sailing effortlessly into the upper register, there's something of Tim Buckley about Sam Brookes” - Andy Gill, The Independent
"[Kit] plays with dazzling virtuosity" - Ethan Johns
Featuring singers Blythe Pepino (Mesadorm/Vaults), Kit Hawes (Yola/Seth Lakeman), Pete Josef (Rag 'n' Bone Man/Roni Size) and Sam Brookes . A special project where six artists come together to celebrate the music of John Martyn and his contemporaries. Each brings their own story and connection to John's music which adds to the fabric of the overall experience of the project. The diversity of different musical paths of the musicians recreate the many different aspects and eras of Martyn’s music and is delivered in a sensitive and poignant manner. In the wake of a special sold out show in 2018 at the Jazz Cafe in London the project was cemented with a UK wide tour in 2019. 2020 saw the project tour major concert venues in The Netherlands and in 2021 the group became a firm fixture on the festival circuit. 2022 will see the group diversify to bring you a musical journey through the much loved and lesser known John Martyn compositions as well as some tunes from his contemporaries.