Solo / One Man Band
Eddie talks about his solo act here:
“When I am playing solo I can connect with the audience in the most personal way – lyrics can be heard, and an emotional intimacy is established. Here the singer-songwriter in me can happily be satisfied. Plenty of my songs explore the quieter side of life or deal with the inner feelings of love and loss for example. But the addition of percussion enables a transformation into the catalyst for a pocket-sized party. Then, playing acoustic or electric, I can whip the audience into a dancing frenzy with a harmonica fox chase or a Mississippi-style boogie. I love writing, recording and performing in both roles.”
He is considered one of the leading one man bands, using foot and hand percussion –suitcase bass drum, snare, tambourine and shakers – where appropriate to the arrangement of the song, while playing guitar and rack-harmonica.
An acknowledged master of blues guitar and harmonica, he has been studying since the age of 16, and still takes inspiration from new avenues of exploring the great blues heritage.But he writes from his own heart and soul, looking out on his contemporary world with intelligent reflection, rekindling the spirit of classic blues and moving the legacy forward in the most fresh and personal of ways.
He has released 3 solo albums which have all been internationally acclaimed, and has performed solo at major festivals clubs and theatres round the globe and jook joints in Mississippi and Memphis. In addition, Volume 1 of his retrospective double album “Blues Took Me by the Hand 2014” reviewed his solo recordings and went straight in at No 1 of the Airplay Direct International Download Radio Charts.
Eddie has won and been nominated for numerous British Blues Awards as Acoustic performer and in 2016 was one of only 4 Finalists in The European Blues Awards for Solo/Acoustic act.
“Eddie continues the traditional lineage of British blues players stretching back to Alexis Korner in the late 1950s, [and] manages to play the blues with an unswerving respect to the genre, but at the same time bringing something new and vibrant to the music“. R2
“songs of quality played by one of Britain’s foremost talents” Blues Matters
“The most remarkable Blues musician of his generation” Blues in Britain