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Paul Tidiman, our new music director, was on hand to help direct performers and poets, dancers and storytellers of all types.
We had 30 or so guests and 19 for our group lunch. It was fabulous and fun!! Much respect. karla
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|Buddy Paul Tidiman - Herme Waits|
- Jorge Champez - Enrique Portolés
|Alvaro Dìez &|
Alejandro Quevedo Zamora
|Danny Boy Sanchez - |
& Paul Tidiman
|Stephan Markgraf |
& Simon Taylor
|On the right - Suzy Campbell |
& Simon Campbell
|photo by - Sven-Erik HagenSkedsmo Bluesklubb in Lillestrøm, Norway|
SWW - We had a piano in our house as probably most did in the 60s. It was like one of my toys. I would spend hours messing around, making up tunes on it.
My elder Cousin was a great piano player. He showed my elder Brother how to play the left hand part of Ray' Charles's "What I Say". He in turn showed me.
So over the years, from that first lesson, I taught myself to play a basic R&R / R&B style of piano. I was around 9 / 10 years old.
One day, coming home from school, I passed the "Commodore Cafe" on Canvey island. The juke box was playing, "I Hear You Knocking" by Dave Edmunds. Even at 11 years old it really moved me! I loved that sound so much.
photo by Flo Cat
We didn't have a record player in our house until I was at least 12 or 13. My Sister bought one, so my Dad went to Woolworths and bought a few LP's off the rack for us to play.
Amongst them was a boogie-woogie piano one namely "Boogie-Woogie Explosions" by Precious Clarence Turner and a blues compilation, “This Is Blues”.
From these two records I learned most of the piano I now play and heard the blues harmonica that I desperately wanted to learn.
My Dad bought me a Chromatic harmonica for a Christmas present and I spend a good few years trying to play like the Sonny Boy Williamson / Junior Wells tunes that were on that record.
It wasn't until I was 17 that I found a blues diatonic harmonica in our local music store. I bought it and the music I wanted to play came so much quicker and easier with the right instrument.
SWW - Finland is a great country to play in fact, all of Scandinavia is. It has a long history of appreciation for "roots music". Many of the jazz and blues greats have toured there over the years. The standard of musicianship is extremely high too.
SWW - Wilko is a Canvey lad just like me. We both live in the Leigh-On-Sea /Westcliff area now.
Wilko & Roger Daltry & Steve "West" Weston
When I play a local show, more often than not Wilko comes along to watch. When he decided he wanted some harp on his recording he contacted me.
As far as the session goes, I put my part on last. It was an overdub and all went very quickly. I haven't been asked to play any more shows with the band.
I can't do overblows.
I have a Fender Bassman and a Deville [both 4x10].
I've never had the chance to try different valves. I did mess around with the pre amp ones for a while. I tried the lower gain ones that many players rave about. It wasn't for me.
I also had some mods done to my Bassman when I first had it. I had them all taken off and now my amps are just stock.
I used crystal mics for over 25 years but they started to let me down and I no longer trust them. I love the sound and tone of a good crystal but now my regular mics are the Shure CM / CR type.
I always use a delay pedal and sometimes an AFB+ by Kinder. The amp on the Wilko/ Daltrey session was a Quilter transistor amp.
SWW - I played every year at the "Mijas International Blues Festival" since the very first one. It's still not confirmed if it will go ahead this year. Even if it does I will not be on it as I am playing in Norway that weekend.
All my European dates are with "Mud Morganfield" this year.
|"My Great Friend Steve West Weston. One of the best of the Best. |
He's also a great Showman" - Larry Mud Morganfield - photo by Ken Ansted
SWW - I enjoy every show I play.
Tommy Moberg of Trickbag & Steve West Weston
Playing along side "Mud Morganfied" is fantastic! To be playing all those classic "Muddy" songs is a harp players dream not forgetting Mud's great original songs too!
I've just played a "Blues Cruise" in Norway with "Steve Guyger" and "Mitch Kashmar" who are two great harp players / singers. That was a real honour!!
A large part of my work is with the Swedish band "Trickbag". They are a fantastic band and every player is up there with the best.
Finland's "Tomi Leino" is truly gifted musician. He plays guitar / harp / drums / piano / bass / sings. The man has so much talent.
The Wilko/ Daltery shows were a great experience. Playing at the Albert Hall is high on the list for all performers.
Paul Garner, who has been the guitarist in my own band "West Weston's Bluesonics" for over eight years now can only be described as a genius musician. We never rehearse and I can throw a new song idea at him on stage and he will instantly pick up on it and play wonderfully.