Stamford Guitar Festival
Sat 5th June - Stamford Arts Centre
Other Americans who appeared in Lincolnshire over the past week included Gary Lucas who was the guitarist in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band in the early 80's, and Geoff Muldaur who played in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Paul Butterfield's Better Days group as well as in collaborations with his then-wife Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt and Jerry Garcia. Both Gary and Geoff appeared at the 7th Stamford Guitar Festival, Gary who had performed an acoustic set on the opening evening added electric guitar to his set on the second night, making full use of feedback during his mainly instrumental pieces on Fender and electro-acoustic guitars. His set also included some authentic blues playing on National steel guitar.
Geoff Muldaur first appeared at this festival a few years back, this year saw his long awaited return. Geoff's light guitar playing is ideally suited to country blues and his delightful set featured songs from the likes of Blind Willie Johnson, Sleepy John Estes and John Hiatt, as well as some fascinating stories.
Saturday night's show commenced with a well received set of acoustic blues and folk from one of Britain's pioneering blues musicians, Wizz Jones. His informal performance also provided some insight into the various tunings he uses. The night was brought to fine climax with an appearance by Little George Sueref and The Blue Stars. A slight diversion from the usual guitar festival fare, as Little George is best known as a fine harmonica player! A later than planned finish due to a late start at the beginning of the evening meant that some of the audience had drifted away by the time the band took to the stage at just after 11.30pm, and their set like the others was limited to just 45 minutes with no encores. Still it was earlier than last time we attended the festival as there were no late night jam sessions in the bar, (to our knowledge!) this year.