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Martin Allcock

Jethro Tull: 1989-1991
Albums:
20 Years Of Jethro Tull (1988), Rock Island (1989), 25th Anniversary Box Set (1993),
Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1991 (1995), Jethro Tull In Concert Live At The BBC 1991 (1995)

Instruments: keyboards

Maartin Allcock is a multi-instrumentalist known mostly as a bass player and guitarist born in Manchester in 1957. After studying music at Huddersfield and Leeds he toured with Mike Harding in 1977. He moved to Brittany for a while, returning to play some live dates with Robin Williamson before training as a chef and working in the Shetland Islands. In 1981 he returned to music with The Bully Wee Band, a celtic folk group. After this broke up he toured in UK, Ireland and Europe with Kieran Halpin until he was invited to join the re-forming Fairport Convention as lead guitarist in 1985, touring extensively in UK, USA, Europe, Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong & Bermuda. Also in 1988 he was asked to join Jethro Tull on keys which he stayed with for four years, touring in North & South America, Western & Eastern Europe, Turkey and Estonia. He played keys with The Mission as well in 1991 and so managed to be in three groups at the same time!
During this time he started his studio career in earnest, playing on over 120 albums. His recorded work includes bass on Beverley Craven's Top 3 hit "Promise Me", and Robert Plant's album "The Fate Of Nations", which featured a song which he co-wrote and played all the instruments on (apart from the vocal obviously), "Colours Of A Shade".
In 1990 he released a solo album, "MAART". He produced Ralph McTell's album, "Sand In Your Shoes". He has made 6 albums with Dan Ar Braz, recorded the music for the BBC2 TV series "40 Minutes", writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 drama and a McTell/Allcock composition, "The Islands", was used throughout the series "Billy Connolly's World Tour Of Scotland".
He left Fairport Convention at the end of 1996 because he'd been on the road for eleven years and needed a change. In 1997 he formed acoustic power trio WAZ! in which he played bass, bouzouki and guitar and sang. In1998 he played lead guitar with Midge Ure including a gig in, er, Belgrade(!) and recorded, with double bass supremo Danny Thompson, music for the TV series, "Births, Marriages And Deaths". They also recorded together for the Jimmy McGovern Channel 4 drama, "Dockers".
Maart has also written music for a Sony Playstation game which came out in Japan in July 1999, "The Book Of Watermarks", and painstakingly transcribed two songbooks for Fairport Convention, and one each for singer-songwriters Allan Taylor and Kieran Halpin. Maart appeared at the SwarbAid benefit concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall in 1999, where he performed sets with Beverley Craven, Ralph McTell, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention and Beryl Marriott!! He also appeared with Midge Ure in Vienna, performing the song "Vienna"!
In October 1999 Maart recorded his second solo album, OX15, with guest appearances from Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Indian girl singer Najma Akhtar and other past and present members of both Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention. Maart has recently been recording with (separately) Ralph McTell and Mike Harding as well as recording with The London Chamber Orchestra for Lenny Henry's BBCTV series, "Hope And Glory", From March 2000 onwards he will once more be touring with Kieran Halpin.
Since the turn of the year (millennium?) I've been getting busy. Promoting my new solo CD, OX15, recording with Ralph McTell for his new album, recording an album of Beatles songs with Tina McBain, gigging with WAZ!, making the odd appearance with the Fairports, transcribing Kieran Halpin's songbook and recording TV music with the London Chamber Orchestra. The rest of the year is looking good too...
I've been out and about promoting my new album, OX15. I've been on BBC radio in Stoke, Shropshire, Hereford & Worcester, Scotland, Humberside, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Manchester, West Midlands, Derby, Sheffield, Bristol, Oxford, Newcastle and soon Merseyside (25th April). Also I've been on Mike Harding's roots and acoustic Wednesday night programme on BBC Radio 2. I've done newspaper interviews throughout the country and I'm getting fantastic feedback.


Appearances


1976
Plexus, Plexus, Look LKLP 6175
1978
Graham Shaw, I Am The Minstrel, Tradition TSR 030
Mike Harding, Captain Paralytic And The Brown Ale Cowboys, Philips 6641 798
1979
One-Eyed Jack, Take-Away, Pennine PSS 154
Plexus, Life Up The Creek Hill & Dale HD 004
1983
Damien Aked [producer], Thin Ice, DAMC 001
Harvey Andrews [producer], Me Mom, Dingles SID 335
Charles Anthony [producer], Breakthrough, Button BTN 106
Annie Lewis [producer], Lass With The Delicate Air, Button BTN 109
Gary Knight [producer], Cry Wolf, Button BTN 110
Tied Logs [producer], Bluebell Polka, Button BTN 111
Dennum [producer], Getting On Well Golden Boot, DM2
1984
Five Cents [producer], Older Women, Dingles DIDCO 501
Tied Logs [producer], Trumpet Hornpipe, Button BTN 118
1985
Veritas [producer], Song For The Starving, ?
Kieran Halpin, Live And Kicking, Celtic Music CM 021
1986
Fairport Convention, Here Live Tonight, FOFC 1 (Australia)
Kipper Family, The Crab Wars, Dambuster DAM 017
Fairport Convention, Expletive Delighted, Woodworm WR 009
Mark Germino, London Moon & Barnyard Memories, RCA PL 85852
Fairport Convention, More Live Tonight, FOFC 2 (Australia)
1987
Fairport Convention, Cropredy Capers, Intech 001 (Video)
Ralph McTell, Bridge Of Sighs, Mays TPG 009
Fairport Convention, Meet On The Ledge, Island IS 324
Fairport Convention, The Other Boot, Woodworm ?
Simon Nicol, Before Your Time, Woodworm WR 010
Fairport Convention, In Real Time, (Live '87) Island ILPS 9883
Fairport Convention, In Real Time, Island Video IVA 001
1988
Martin, Doug & Sara, Reelin', Munro MDS 01
Mark Germino, Caught In The Act Of Being Ourselves, RCA PL 86608
Fairport Convention, The Third Leg, Woodworm ?
Jethro Tull, 20 Years Of Jethro Tull, Chrysalis TBOXCD 1
1989
Fairport Convention, Red & Gold, New Routes 002
Jethro Tull, Rock Island, Chrysalis CHR 1708
Ralph McTell, Love Songs Collection, Castle CCSLP 219
Kieran Halpin, Crystal Ball Gazing, Ringsend Road KHLP 1
Various, Master Craftsmen, Nico Polo NPCD 003
1990
Simon & Sylvia Nicol, Singing Games For Children, Telstar 3001 (Video)
Sally Barker, This Rhythm Is Mine, Hannibal HNCD 1356
Beverley Craven, Beverley Craven Epic, 467053
Various Circle Dance, Hokey Pokey, ConeD
MARTIN ALLCOCK, MAART (solo album), Woodworm WRCD 012
Steve Ashley, Mysterious Ways, Lighthouse LH001
Dan Ar Braz, Songs, Keltia KMCD 14
Frank Wise Schoolchildren, We Wish You A Merry Xmas, MPO FWS 001
1991
Fairport Convention, The Five Seasons, New Routes NR 005
Fairport Convention, Live Legends, Castle Vid CMP 6013
Dan Ar Braz, Frontieres de Sel, Keltia KMCD 23
Kieran Halpin, Mission Street, Round Tower RTM 31
Various, All Through The Year, Hokey Pokey HPR 2002
1992
Fraser Nimmo [producer], Everybody's Tears, Projection SRT 91C
Beryl Marriott, Weave The Mirror, Woodworm WRCD 016
Ralph McTell, Silver Celebration (25 Years), Castle CCS 329
Ralph McTell, The Boy With The Note, Leola TPG CD11
Dan Ar Braz, Les les de la Memoire, Keltia KMCD 32
Dan Ar Braz, Reve de Siam, Keltia KMCD 33
Dan Ar Braz, Xavier Grall chante par Dan Ar Braz, Keltia KMCD 34
The Mission, Masque Phonogram, 512 121
Jerry Donahue, Neck Of The Wood, Road Goes On RGFCD 011
Simon Nicol, Consonant Please Carol, Woodworm WRCD 021
1993
Robert Plant, Fate Of Nations, Fontana 514 867-2
Jethro Tull, 25th Anniversary Box Set, Chrysalis CDCHR 6004
Ralph McTell, Alphabet Zoo, Road Goes On RGFCD 016
Beverley Craven, Love Scenes, Epic 474517 2
Fairport Convention, 25th Anniversary Live, Woodworm (2CDs)
Beth Neilsen Chapman, You Hold The Key, Reprise 9 45233 2
Anthony Thistlethwaite, Cartwheels, Acre 002CD
Various, Giving People Choices, AACD 1001S
Various, Tanz & Folkfest Rudolstadt '92, Hei-deck
1994
Santino de Bartolo [producer], Europa, Radio Marconi CD 291071
Chris Barlow [producer], Makes Me Wonder BCCDS001,
Mrs Ackroyd Band, Gnus and Roses, Mrs Ackroyd Records, DOG010
Ralph McTell, Slide Away The Screen, Road Goes On RGFCD 021
Martin Barre, A Trick Of Memory, ZYX 20282-2
Dan Ar Braz, Theme For The Green Lands, Keltia KMCD 48
Ashley Hutchings' Big Beat Combo, Twangin' 'n' a-Traddin', HTD CD24
Freeway Jam [producer],Pictures Don't Lie, Magnolia CD001
Christy Hennessy, Lord Of Your Eyes, WEA Ireland 4059-97586-2
1995
Fairport Convention, Jewel In The Crown, Woodworm WRCD 023
Jethro Tull, Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1991 , BBC WINCD 070
Ashley Hutchings, The Guv'nor's Big Birthday Bash, HTD CD 39
Various [with Allan Taylor], Songs Of Fabrizio di Andre, Dischi Ricordi
Allan Taylor, Faded Light, TCD 005
Ralph McTell [producer], Sand In Your Shoes, Transatlantic TRA 119
Billy Connolly, Musical Tour Of Scotland, Tickety-Boo 529 816-2
1996
Judith Durham, Mona Lisas EMI 7243 8 37129 2 2
Fairport Acoustic Convention Old.New.Borrowed.Blue Woodworm WRCD 024
Hamish Imlach More And Merrier (last album) Lochshore CDLDL 1238
Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle All Under The Sun Flying FishCDFF 663
Ron Lister Bluegenes Amara 108CD
Fraser Nimmo [co-producer] Heavy Weather Speug 0019
Santino de Bartolo Navigando Radio Marconi CD 270460
Various The Best Of British Folk Rock Park CD36
Dave Swarbrick Folk On 2 (50th Birthday Concert) Cooking Vinyl/BBC Mash CD1
Dave Whetstone The Resolution Monkey's Knib MKRCD410
1997
MARTIN ALLCOCK MAART (solo album re-release) Amara 109CD
Chris Leslie The Flow Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD20
Various (w. The Mandolin Allstars) The Acoustics Collection Acoustics CDACS 030
The Simon Mayor Quintet Mandolinquents Acoustics CDACS 034
Chris Haig English Folk (library music) Media Music JW 2097
Various (w.The Deep Sea Ensemble) Georgia On My Mind Deep Sea Sea D 8001
Rob Armstrong Silver Horizon KM1197
Various (solo track) Raise The Roof DEDD1
1998
WAZ! WAZ! (debut album) Cooking Vinyl CD143
Fairport Convention The Cropredy Box Woodworm WR3CD026
Fairport Convention Cropredy 98 WRCD031
Fairport Convention Close To The Wind Mooncrest CRESTCD035
Dave Pegg And Friends Birthday Party Woodworm WRCD027
Rad Segrt Behind Closed Doors RCD HIB CIA
Various (w. Tom Leary) Celtic Melodies Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD24
Various (w. McTell & Thompson) Georgia On Our Mind Deep Sea SeaD 8001
Steve Gibbons The Dylan Project Woodworm WRCD029
Freeway Jam Life In The Old Dogs Yet Magnolia CD002
1999
Various (w.WAZ!) Huntingdon Folk 2
WAZ! Fully Chromatic WAZCD2
Fairport Convention Cropredy 98 Woodworm WRCD031
Births Marriages & Deaths Soundtrack BBC Records
John Carter Clean The Page A New Day Records ANDCD31
Andy Guttridge Twice In A Blue Moon A New Day Records ANDCD36
Dockers Soundtrack Channel 4
MAARTIN ALLCOCK OX15 (solo album) A New Day Records ANDCD38
2000
Kieran Halpin Jangle SOS Records SOS012
Tina McBain Silly Love Songs ERE Records ERE3101
Nigel Stonier English Ghosts A New Day Records ANDCD42
David Hughes Recognised TFCCD2004 (CD ep)
Ray Hearne Broad Street Ballads No Masters NMCD17
Ralph McTell Red Sky Leola Music TPGCD17
Hope & Glory Soundtrack BBC Records
Sally Barker Another Train-The Compilation Hypertension 0192HYP
Various (solo track) The Churning Of The Milky Ocean A New Day Records ANDCD45
2001
Emily Slade Shire Boy Rustic Thorn Records RUSTCD04
2002
Kieran Halpin Back Smiling Again SOS Records SOS014
Alistair Russell A19 Glade Records GLDCD0202
John Wright Dangerous Times Big Sky CDBS104
In the pipeline…
Blue Tapestry Live Album
The Soulminers New Album
TV Soundtracks
All titles written by Nick Bicat except "Forty Minutes", music by Dave Brook and Maartin Allcock
Framed, 1992, starring Timothy Dalton
Forty Minutes, BBC documentary series (early 1990's)
Dockers, starring Ricky Tomlinson
Birth, Marriages & Deaths, 1999, starring Ray Winstone
Hope & Glory, 1999-2000, starring Lenny Henry (2 series)
NCS Manhunt, 2001-2002, starring David Suchet (2 series)
Micawber, 2001, starring David Jason
There was also a series of short films in the early 1990's for BBC2TV(?)
of excerpts from different books to encourage people to read more.
The music was all written by Nick Bicat but more than that I can't remember…

Film Soundtracks
The Bass Player, 1998, directed by Denis Lawson, starring Jim Carter. Music by Nick Bicat
All Or Nothing, 2002, directed by Mike Leigh, starring Timothy Spall. Music by Andrew Dickson
Possession, 2002, directed by Neil LaBute, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Music by Gabriel Yared