John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man. His magnetic raconteur style and guitar skills spurred him on to tour the globe and entertain crowds at illustrious festivals such as SXSW and Glastonbury to name but a few; his enigmatic stories relayed through his trademark howling vocals; think Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits.
Introduced to Sarod Master K. Sridhar at the age of 5 when he stayed with his family, John’s music has a distinctly eastern feel, with influences from Shridar as well as through his own travels through Asia. With bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White and traces of the fingerpicking of John Fahey. All mixed with a dash of psychedelic 60’s rock laden with Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of Sridhar and Indian raga; John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions freely hand picked tunes from the Mississippi to the Ganges.
Support on the night will come from local favourite and rising star Jamie Brewer.