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‘Played my first paid gig in 1966 – £5 – was a good venue, Paul Simon had played it in 65 but he was paid 12 guineas.

It all started for me when I heard a Howling Wolf EP and then in 1965 I saw Rev Gary Davis

Big Bill Broonzy was my first idol (as I could play a lot of his numbers).  Repertoire is varied nowadays, but I still perform Willie Mae and 5’ 7” on a regular basis after 50 + years of professional performance.

There are various recordings Blues from the Aire Delta in 1982, North Country Blues in 1997 and in 2017 Blues Around Midnight.

I’ve been playing and singing the blues for over 50 years and with more and more feeling that I have a good reason to do so as I age and life presents its various scenarios.  The fingers may have slowed …. but the voice still works.   At my age it’s always good to be able to sing “Woke Up This Morning” .  As I’ve got older I’ve found the applause lasts a bit longer and is louder’.  Have played clubs, pubs, bars, concerts, festivals – wherever there is a good atmosphere and someone in the audience appreciates the performance.

Shire Oak Room – Tickets £8/£6 available from HEART reception and website (use Book Now icon below)

 


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