John Martyn's long love affair with Ireland - and the demons that followed him here

Writer Graeme Thomson looks back at the singer's long love affair with Ireland, and the demons that followed him here

John Martyn

Graeme Thomson

I first met John Martyn, as many did, in a bar. The beer garden of Carroll's Bar in Thomastown to be exact. I was interviewing him for a British music magazine, and was on the fizzy water. He was on the cider and quadruple vodkas. It was 2005 and Martyn - the once beautiful curly-haired sorcerer who belonged to a folk-jazz-blues genre of one - had seen better days.