We learned today of the sad news that Maartin Allcock had passed away after several months of battling the final stages of liver cancer. Maart’s work with Tull starting in the late 80s was memorable for his joy and exuberant commitment to music of all kinds – even ours. His time with the Fairports and his various collaborations with artists too numerous to mention here were marked by his skills in mastering several instruments and tackling many genres. He leaves behind a treasure trove of recordings and a feast of memories.
Ian Bramble, The Brasenose, Cropredy, December 1 Ian Bramble’s career thus far has been remarkable – and his return to The Brasenose is likely to prove emotional. Ian has played all around the world in different bands, with BB King clamouring for his autograph, and Ian taking over from Johnny Depp as guitarist for The Popes, originally formed by Shane MacGowan. But he still says his most memorable gig was with John Coghlan on drums, the original and founder member of Status Quo, and Maart Allcock on bass, in The Brasenose.
Ian will give his pay and money from CDs and downloads to Macmillan Cancer Support and support to musicians with arthritis.
Playing with Ian will be Spencer ‘Kansas’ Richards on harmonica, Pete ‘The Knife’ McNamara on violin, Nicky ‘Nice’ Bramble on vocals and Richy ‘Machine Gun’ Hoy on lead guitar, with Ian on slide guitar, piano and vocals. The gig follows the death of Maart Allcock, who played for Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull; Ian last played with Maart at the Brasenose last year. Details: www.brasenosearms.com.
Album Reviews British Folk Music Latest Editor's Picks MAARTIN ALLCOCK: OX15 by Johnny Whalley 23 August, 2021
Maartin Allcock – OX15
Talking Elephant (TECD460) – 2021
As Maartin Allcock said his final farewells to us all from the stage at Cropredy in 2018, no one needed a crystal ball to predict that his musical legacy would continue to entertain and astound for years to come. Now, Talking Elephant has helped that process by re-releasing OX15, Maart’s second solo album, first released in 1999 and unavailable for a long time. By the late nineties, he’d already completed stints with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, collecting a strong personal following that stayed with him as he built a “solo” career developing the one-off, or more regular, collaborations that had long been his forte. For several years around the time of OX15’s first release, Maart lived in North Oxfordshire, alongside a plethora of musicians from various backgrounds, including many fellow folk-rockers. Fertile ground indeed for the development of Maart’s collaborations, so much so that he used the area’s postcode, OX15, as the album title. Also, in the liner notes, attaching a postcode to the names of any contributors resident there or in neighbouring districts.
OX15 opens with Daichovo Chara, an instrumental piece Maart developed from a Bulgarian dance tune. So, from the outset, the album reveals some trademark facets of his music, an interest in Eastern European music leading to a fascination with unusual time signatures. This may have been surprising to those in 1999 who had become used to him as the member of Fairport who edged them towards a rockier version of folk-rock. But, twenty plus years on, it’s exactly what we would’ve expected of him. This opening track also makes it clear there will be few limits to the array of instruments used, either by Maart or his collaborators. To this track, he brings his two staples of electric guitar and keyboards. Joining him are Chris Leslie on fiddle, Simon Mayor, mandolin, Troy Donockley, uilleann pipes and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Chris and Gerry appear on many of the album’s tracks and, while there’s an obvious connection through Fairport, Maart left that band as Chris joined and didn’t overlap at all with Gerry. But there was still the Oxfordshire link to ensure they joined the album. Simon and Maart had recently been playing together in a mandolin quartet and Troy, while always very much in demand as an uilleann piper, hadn’t, as far as I can tell, previously recorded with Maart.
Track 2, Whenever We See In The Dark, marks a debut for Maart, his first-ever song. Not the first time his voice had been heard on record, but his first venture into song writing, and he was particularly pleased that Ian Anderson added his flute to the arrangement. As you’d expect, given Maart’s reputation as a multi-instrumentalist, OX15 is predominantly an instrumental album with just two further songs. Chimes at Midnight features Maart’s wife Gill on lead vocal with Maart backing her. The final song, A Dream, is a collaboration between Maart and Najma Akhtar, British-born of Indian descent, Najma takes the vocals with lyrics partly in English and partly in Urdu while Maart gives the song a layered arrangement, largely playing electric and acoustic guitars but enriched with a variety of keyboard sequences and by Troy Donockley making a second appearance, his low whistle underlining Najma’s voice.
Maart was always willing to add playful elements to his music, and Crash Polka is a perfect illustration. He’d bought a Roland keyboard that had various sound effects built-in and strung a few together on a cassette along with a guitar riff. When it proved popular with his neighbours down the pub, he tidied it up, adding a drum track from Gerry and a slightly more serious cello line from an old school friend, classical cellist, Anna Frazer. Equally playful, though slightly less bizarre, is the tune set that pairs The Allman Brothers Jessica with the traditional reel The Wind That Shakes The Barley. When Maart recorded this, he played the drums, percussion, bass, and piano parts all from his MIDI guitar and then, for the version on this album, he added a stunning fiddle duet from Chris Leslie and Chris Haigh that really is the icing on the cake.
For all the variety present on OX15, and I haven’t even mentioned the tunes he originally wrote for the Sony Playstation, it still only illustrates a tiny fraction of the outstanding music he produced over his 42 years as a professional musician. So there’s plenty of scope for further retrospectives; let’s hope they’re in preparation somewhere. For now, OX15 makes a very welcome start, particularly for those of us not fortunate enough to own a copy of the original release.
World Music Central.org YOUR CONNECTION TO TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY WORLD MUSIC, INCLUDING FOLK, ROOTS, GLOBAL MUSIC, ETHNO AND CROSSCULTURAL FUSION NEW CDS Reissue of Maartin Allcock’s OX15 Album World Music Central News Department September 13, 2021 No Comments English Folk musicfolk-rockMaartin Allcock Maartin Allcock’s “OX15” is available again through the Talking Elephant label. “OX15” was the second Maartin Allcock album. It included guests such as Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway from Fairport Convention and Ian Anderson and Clive Bunker from Jethro Tull.
Maartin Allcock was a multi-instrumentalist who played for 11 years with iconic English folk-rock band Fairport Convention and four years with progressive rock band Jethro Tull. He appeared on many of their studio albums. He later performed and recorded with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).
Maartin died just 5 weeks after appearing at the Annual Fairport Festival in 2018.
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