Upstairs @ The Brewhouse & Kitchen
Thursday, 9th June, 8pm
Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950’s.
He then followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960’s and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a “right hand worthy of Broonzy”!
John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012, Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz’s song, When I Leave Berlin.
In October 2019 Wizz was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
With a career now spanning more than sixty years, Wizz is officially retired but as with this appearance at Islington Folk Club, can occasionally be tempted to come and play.
The Brewhouse & Kitchen is at 2a Corsica St, London, N5 1JJ. Entrance on Highbury Corner. Admission: Members £6; Unwaged or student members £4; Non-members £8; Unwaged or student non-members £6