Folk & Original Voices Night at The Prince Regent - tonight, 8pm
Herne Hill Music Festival presents FOLK & ORIGINAL VOICES at The Prince Regent tonight - Thursday the 17th! This is a rare chance to see a living legend with a career spanning 56 years and still counting - Mr Wizz Jones. Named after a Beano comic character (Wizzy the Wuzz) by his mum, Wizz Jones has been performing, writing and recording songs with such greats of British singer songwriting as Pentangle's Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and Davey Graham (together with whom he is credited with developing the finger-picking guitar style adopted by so many contemporaries from Paul Simon to Jimmy Page). Strongly influenced by the US White Blues trend of the late 50s and early 60s - the likes of Rambling Jack Elliot, Big Bill Broonzy and John Mayall - Wizz is himself is sited as an influence on the playing the likes of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and other frontrunners of the British Blues. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of the last of the greats of the original British Folk Revival! www.wizzjones.com
Wizz will be supported by folk guitarist (and now mandolinist too!) Dave Ellis with collaborator Boo Howard. Dave has played with Boo (vocals and sometimes electric bass) in the group The Reactors and their electric duo Brave Lucy … and now simply as Dave Ellis & Boo Howard since 1979. Lucky for us they still love to play together, now as a purely acoustic pairing around Dave's intricate guitar style and Boo's mellow vocals. They'll play songs from their latest (2013) album "Eye On The Sky" and will also perform with Liz Simcock, who also has a new album coming out - "Friday Night Train Home". Over the past 15 years Liz has built a staunch following with regular appearances at folk and acoustic clubs throughout the South East. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Liz was early spotted as a rising new talent of the English folk revival. Although Liz often appears solo she says her "dream" backing band are Dave Ellis & Boo Howard! They often play venues as a trio and feature together in new music videos shot in Jackson's Lane to promote Liz's new album. What will we see tonight?
By Adrian Birch