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Aussie blues lord bringing his brand to Marchington venue

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A ‘ONE-MAN blues army’ is set to invade a music pub near Uttoxeter.

Welsh-born Australian singer-songwriter Gwyn Ashton is set to appear at the Dog and Partridge, in Marchington, on Sunday from 7.30pm.

Ashton has been credited with bringing blues ‘into the 21st century’ through his work in a trio.

His band fuses traditional blues with country, jazz and reggae, bringing a host of effects and loops to his songs.

Ashton also regularly explores lap and bottleneck slide guitar styles, layered beneath solful, melodic vocals.

However, he will appear on his own in a stripped-down acoustic set at the Dog on Sunday.

He will perform using a host of acoustic instruments, including a resonator and 12-string guitar.

And the talented blues man will keep rhythm with a mic’d-up stomper as a bass drum.

Inventive use of a loop pedal allows Ashton to layer up harmonies and melodies.

He said: “I love being able to entertain as a solo performer.

“It’s really a different mindset doing it all on your own and I use a stomper as a bass drum, an octave pedal, run guitar loops and play harp and sing down a bullet mic.

“It’s really organic and I like to take it to the streets, much in the same way the old blues guys did in the 1930s, but with a little electronic help.

“I like the metallic, nasty sound of an old steel guitar, overdriven through tube amps. It’s the best sound in the world.”

The great British bluesman Tony McPhee said of Ashton: “He uses his pedals so well and, using a harmonica mic with an SM58 is sheer genius.

“The bass drum and a great PA makes a one-man-band that is following in the path of the late great Duster Bennett”.

More information on Ashton is available online at www.gwynashton.com/#!solo/cdze or by calling the Dog and Partridge on 01283 820394.

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