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5 minutes with Bluesy

"Never forget your roots and never forget who your real friends are"

Good morning Bluesy, thank you for taking some time to talk with us today!

Please introduce yourself, tell our readers who you are and what it is you do.

I'm a professional musician based in Luton. I play guitar, Bass, Blues Harp and Vocals. I perform a Motown & Soul Tribute and a Reggae Tribute. I'm also the Bassist in a Blues band "Gin House Delta".

How long have you been in the industry? Where did it all begin?

I've been in the music industry for about 35 years. It all started at school with a standard covers band. I then played Bass with a band "Pressure" who were signed to Cherry Red Records (and still selling on there greatest hits album) We toured Europe and played all the major Venues up and down the country. I then formed "Black Water" we recorded an Album that sold really well and again went on tour. I worked with a lot of well known musicians after that, Paul Carrack, Joslyn Brown, Belinda Carlisle, Luther Vandross and loads more. I've been really lucky in that sense, I think people know when you have a genuine love of music, it rubs of on everyone around you. I was also involved with "Live At Abbey Road" which was an incredible experience. Working with Peter Van Hook (Drummer with Mike & The Mechanics and producer) I learnt so much, he's a true gentleman and he knows the industry inside out.

You have been in the industry for 35 years, this is a great achievement, what have been some of your highlights so far?

I think when we were first signed up it was an incredible feeling to finally be acknowledged. Live At Abbey Road, just being in there and chatting with Mike Harrison about the Beatles, I also got to play the keyboard they used on Sgt Peppers. Recording at Shepperton Studios, They were filming there as well so when we had a break you could sit outside and watch all the actors at work. Not sure what film was being made but they were using a cast of about 20 midgets (I hope that's politically correct) who decided they'd rather be in the studio with us. Playing at the old Marquee and signing my name on the wall under Mick Jaggers. God there's been so many good times its hard to put it all down in words.

So you play in a Blues band but also currently do a solo tour of reggae and Motown soul, where so far have you taken both of these and what are your plans for the future?

The Motown and Soul act is my main source of income now, its great going over all those classic songs. I record all my own tracks now in my home studio, you really don't appreciate how good the Funk Brothers were until you try playing those tracks. The Reggae set came because I love all the old classic 60's reggae and no one else seemed to be doing it. I grew up with all that music in Portobello Road and when I'm on stage I try to recreate that feeling. I recently played my Reggae set at the Party In The Park in Dunstable. The crowd seemed to instantly start dancing, its a great feeling to be able to get so many people dancing and smiling in one groove. The Blues band (Gin House Delta) are 5 guys just playing for the love of it. We'll be out gigging in the near future but at the moment we're the house band on Jam nights we've set up. We wanted to provide a stage for musicians that don't have the opportunity to go out and play live with a full band. So far its been really good and the range of musicians seems to be from 16 to 80 which just goes to show music has no boundaries. Ill be performing at the Notting Hill Carnival which I've done before and love going back to my home town. The Motown and Soul set I get to perform 2 or 3 times a week so it keeps me busy. I've been offered the chance to perform in Europe but I'm afraid I miss my children to much now so I try to stay close to home. I do tend to tour abroad for about 4 or 5 weeks of the year but I think that's enough for me, I love my home and family to much to leave them for to long. As for the future, I'm really happy right were I am, I'm playing a wide range of music and I'm still in contact and performing with major artistes. I've managed to make a living in the industry without relying on anyone else and hopefully I can carry on doing exactly that.

If you could give some advice to any budding musician, what would it be?

Enjoy every second of it. Steer clear of all the dealers and hangers on. Believe me if you get anywhere in this business those types will be onto you like tramps on a sandwich. Never forget your roots and never forget who your real friends are. Sounds simple but you'd be amazed how easily you can get sucked into this business.

If people want to find out more about you, where can they go to do so?

I normally send people to or . Its mainly my Reggae stuff up on there but its a good way to get hold of me or they can always Email me Better still keep your eyes open in the press for any of my gigs and pop down to see me.

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