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Chicago-based guitarist to play the blues in St Albans

Chicago bluesman Davy Knowles will be appearing live at The Horn in St Albans

Chicago bluesman Davy Knowles will be appearing live at The Horn in St Albans

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A Chicago-based blues guitarist will be swapping the Windy City for St Albans city next week.

Davy Knowles will play The Horn on Tuesday, July 3 as part of a short run of six UK live dates.

Following the release of Davy’s all-acoustic 1932 EP, which was recorded entirely on his treasured 1932 National Triolian resonator guitar, the Isle of Man-born guitarist will headline the Victoria Street music venue the night before playing London’s Shepherds Bush Empire as the special guest of Supersonic Blues Machine.

Davy learned to play guitar from listening to guitar legends such as Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Peter Green and John Mayall.

The Manx musician’s journey since has seen him tour with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.

Joe Satriani has called him “my favourite modern bluesman”.

Throughout this career, though, Knowles has kept ‘the blues’ close to his heart.

He said: “I love the guitar as an instrument, it’s so versatile and endlessly challenging, but whilst I will try play any style to meet that challenge, blues is the music I first fell in love with, and I have always connected deeply with it.”

“I enjoy playing the historian, and am fascinated by all facets of the genre, from the earliest field recordings, to the more recent guitar gods that electrified and supercharged this music.

“It’s from all along this timeline that I like to draw influence from.”

Tickets for his St Albans gig cost £12.50 in advance and £15 on the door.

• Visit The Horn website at www.thehorn.co.uk/full-listings/2018/7/3/davy-knowles for tickets.

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