Saturday 5th August 2023
Wizz Jones – Acoustic Guitarist, Singer Songwriter and Bluesman
Influential folk and blues guitarist Wizz Jones is admired and emulated by some of folk and rock’s greatest players. He was originally inspired by hearing such great artists as Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot at a blues club hosted by Alexis Korner and as a teenage troubadour Wizz learnt his guitar licks from contemporaries such as Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950’s.
Both Eric Clapton and Keith Richards plus a few more famous faces 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’.
Having been presented with a life-time achievement award at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards in October 2019 Wizz is now officially retired at the age of 84 but can still be tempted to cross the Tamar for his annual gig at The Acorn!