On Tuesday 30 October, three guitar legends from the folk world will come together for a one-off night at The Apex; this rare event sees John Renbourn joined by Wizz Jones and Clive Carroll.
There are few artists with more claim to being a 'musician's musician' than Wizz Jones, who has been playing his own brand of folk-blues since the late 50's. Some of the best contemporary and traditional acoustic guitar music is attributable to this man, who is at the roots of the English folk and blues scene, and has been cited by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Ralph McTell as an important early influence. Inspired by Big Bill Broonzy, Rambling Jack Elliot, Alexis Korner and Ewan MacColl, he learned his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho during the late nineteen fifties. He followed the time-honoured buskers' trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early sixties and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style and an eclectic repertoire. Now, after more than fifty years 'on the road' Wizz can be relied to put upon a fine show of old and new tunes mixed in with anecdotes and his unique sense of humour.
Founder member of the legendary band Pentangle, John Renbourn is a virtuoso guitarist playing a fusion of ragtime, jazz, country, blues, classical, mid-European and pre-Renaissance music he explains "An interest in Early Music has remained with me, not least in my approach to arrangement".
Relative youngster, Clive Carroll is a world class acoustic guitarist and composer. He attended London's Trinity College to study composition and guitar, graduating in 1998 with a first class honours degree. However, all the time he was playing the works of Bach, Dowland and Albeniz on a nylon string classical guitar, the lure of the steel string instrument was working its charm. Soon after graduation, Clive was given the opportunity to play at a gig with UK guitar maestro John Renbourn, who, on hearing him play, immediately suggested that Clive record an album. After tours with John and also Tommy Emmanuel, Clive become known in his own right and was even booked by Madonna for a private party! 'Probably the best and most original young guitar player in Britain' - Acoustic Guitar.
The show starts at approximately 8pm. Tickets are £17 (with £15 concessions) from the box office on 01284 75800 or via the website - www.theapex.co.uk.