Andrew Bazeley and his skill at conveying the sound and the spirit of the old acoustic blues have drawn gasps of admiration wherever he plays: whether it’s the Son House/Charley Patton slide style (played on an authentic 1929 National) or the melodic fingerpicking style of players like Willie McTell and Robert Johnson (on his 1918 Gibson). But his range is broader: the hokum songs from Bill Broonzy and Memphis Jug Band can be heard alongside the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and even the soul classics of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. He’ s even been known to include The Who and some reggae in his set!
He’s shared his passion for and knowledge of the blues with hundreds of eager students over the years: from forty-minute talks for school groups to a full 8-session lecture series for WEA students. While normally focusing on aspects of blues history and music, he has also covered The History of the Guitar, using his own collection as illustrations.
He has also been in great demand from intermediate players, who want to develop their basic skills and learn more about acoustic blues and bottleneck styles, fingerpicking, slide and blues techniques www.andrewbazeley.com