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John Hunt Four O’Clock Afternoon Blues And Swing (John Hunt/21st Century Blues Legends)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

John Hunt has a DIY philosophy which shows in the insane but ingenious home made guitars he’s constructed from papier-mâché, broken instruments and an old shelf. On a rickety stage made of trestle tables, he rambles and fumbles with his cannibalised equipment, seeming like he’s just woken up. His eloquence is in his music, however, and in the 21st century blues he’s made his own. It’s an enjoyable set full of cheeky lyrics and electronic distortion, catchy riffs and feedback; a powerful juke-joint sound built on up-tempo slide-guitar, and a singing voice so gritty it could have been trawled from the Mississippi. Though it’s put together from spare parts, Hunt’s style undoubtedly works.

The Jazz Bar, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 Aug, 4.00 pm (5.00 pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp208.
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