Blues for a better life: five bluesmen for the advanced listener
Dom Martin, a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Belfast, Ireland, talks about the essence of Blues and non — obvious masterpieces.
In the summer, Dom Martin, a well — known singer, guitarist and songwriter from the British Isles, came to Moscow for the first time for the British Blues Invasion festival. He even performs live on the BBC! He is not even thirty, but it is believed that this young musician is a follower of the most ancient Blues archaic. Indeed, half of his set is usually acoustic, classic Delta songs, fingerstyle, “bottlneck” and all the other signature Blues chips of the 30s.However, in fact, he is not a Blues purist or an authenticist. A person can play in different ways, and his author’s music is advanced Blues with intersperses of other styles.”The Blues is alive and well, thanks to people like me,” Dom declares without false modesty. “Yes, we don’t release hits, and we don’t get shown on TV, but it doesn’t matter, that’s not the goal.” And this is said by a musician who has already performed at probably all the important Blues festivals on the Islands and in continental Europe. “There’s just a lot of shitty music, pop music, where there are no musical instruments — everything is done on computers! And I am often asked: “why do you love the Blues, play it? He’s depressive!”,- says the House.These questions never cease to surprise the musician, because he finds his creative high in the bitter irony of the Blues and in the fact that this music was not born in the literal sense of a good life. “Some musicians play the Blues very fun, joyfully. But this is absolutely not the case! Blues is originally the music of people who are not free, oppressed. In America, the whites oppressed the Negroes, and we Irish have been harassed for centuries by the English bastards.” This is the historical connection. And such a credo.It is clear that Dom Martin’s occupation has turned over hundreds and thousands of Blues records. And often finds masterpieces. “I love Robert Johnson, he is very important to the history of the Blues, but I don’t understand why he is considered the most outstanding — so many great musicians played in his time! But only he remained in my memory-perhaps because of the legend that he sold his soul to the devil…”And this is who Dom Martin advises to listen to from, so to speak, cult,” known-unknown ” musicians.John Martinthe first thing the House calls its almost namesake-John Martin (John Martyn).”John was very ill, his leg was amputated. But he continued to perform. He played and sang while sitting in a wheelchair. I went to his concert in Belfast and it was awesome!”One of John Martin’s songs, “May You Never”, was covered by Eric Clapton himself (it was included on the 1977 album “Slowhand”).Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezerjohn prine Is now a 72-year-old veteran of American folk. Acoustics, protest songs — all that is famous for the notorious “folk-revival” of America in the 50s. Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezerrory Gallagher ” Where without it? For Ireland, he is a very significant person. To this day, the International Rory Gallagher Festival, a festival named after him, is held in his home town of Ballyshannon, and his relatives are involved in it. I played there, ten thousand people came!””I recommend his early band Taste-the 1970 album “On the Boards”. “Railway and Gun” is my favorite song from there. He was only 22 years old at the time, but he wrote such strong songs — he was already an established musician. Amazing!”Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, Martin”Well, I advertise myself. Last year I released the EP “Easy Way Out” and now I’m preparing a full-fledged album.””It’s not going to be pure Blues, and I’m not trying to copy anyone-not Clepton or Joe Bonamas — I’m not trying to write a hit and get on the charts. I want to be honest about my personal life. All the songs are originals, each one contains my personal story.”Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, Buchanan”I would say that he has to listen to everything! A legend, an incredible guitarist.””Hey Joe” in his performance is not like anyone else’s. There is also the brilliant ” Roy’s Blues — – find a concert in Texas on Youtube. It blew my mind — I’ve just never seen anyone play guitar like that!»