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Blues at Root Of Work

Blues at Root Of Work

Who: The Travelling Bluesman
Where: Cricketers Arms
When: Thursday June 17, 2004

THE name says it all for THE TRAVELLING BLUESMEN. PHIL EDGELEY, KURT WILLIAMS and ERIC BLUES are on the road and will present an evening of blues and folk-based acoustic guitar at the CRICKETERS ARMS HOTEL on Thursday night.

The trio teamed earlier this year after crossing paths at various blues festivals around the country.

Edgeley met Blues at the BERRY FESTIVAL in 2003 and they were later introduced to Williams at the NEWCASTLE BLUES FESTIVAL in February.

Although each artist has his own distinct sound, there was an immediate recognition among the three that led to The Travelling Bluesmen being formed.

The show will feature a solo slot by each member followed by a jam session from the three.

British-born Edgeley grew up playing acoustic guitar and was influenced by greats such as ROBERT JOHNSON, FRED McDOWELL and SKIP JAMES and contemporary artists like CHRIS WHITLEY, HARRY MANX and JEFF LANG. ``My original songs draw on all of these influences and more, dealing with multifacets of my own life,'' Edgeley said.

His guitar techniques include fingerstyle, various open-tunings and slide, using a wide range of dynamics.

Like Edgeley, Williams wears his influences on his sleeve.

The singer-songwriter infuses heartfelt slide work with tough musical arrangements topped by a playful vocal style which is reminiscent of NICK CAVE and CHRIS ISAAK.

Eric Blues draws on many influences with his music, including the great bluesmen of the 30s and 40s.

He picked up the 1233 ABC NEWCASTLE MUSIC AWARD for Best Blues Artist in 2003.

Tomorrow night's show starts at 7.30pm.

Entry is free.

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