Artists

Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones
Biography

Ralph McTell began his career by hitch-hiking around Europe with his guitar, emulating his hero Woody Guthrie. In the mid 60s he worked at a Cornish campsite, being maintenance man by day, entertainer by night, where he graced the stage at the ‘Folk Cottage’, a tiny barn in Cornwall that hosted an impromptu club, before eventually settling on the ‘streets of London’. During this period, Nick Drake’s last public performance was supporting Ralph at Epsom college. It was in 1969 that Ralph came to widespread attention though, thanks to an appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival where all the audience sang along to the now classic anthem ‘Streets Of London’, thus launching a long term career penning and performing beautiful acoustic and folk politically conscious songs.

Wizz Jones has been playing his own brand of folk-blues since the late 50’s and still can be relied to put upon a fine show of old and new tunes mixed in with anecdotes and Wizz’s unique sense of humour.

Some of the best blues, contemporary and traditional acoustic guitar music around is attributable to this man who is at the roots of the English folk and blues scene.

‘… the most underrated guitarist ever…’ (Bert Jansch).