Phil (Big Dez) Fernandez
Phil (Big Dez) Fernandez With The Cinelli Brothers
Sunday 12th Dec brings an end to the 2021 Blues sessions with the visit of guitarist Phil (Big Dez) Fernandez with the added bonus of supporting musicians including the Cinelli brothers Marco (guitar and vocals) and Alessandro (drums) with Derek White.
Big Dez has been treading the boards for over 25 years across Europe and subsequently North America, mixing soulful, funky blues with traditional foot tappin’ blues grooves and rock ‘n’ roll. He took several trips to the USA which helped him to create an electric blues style few this side of the Atlantic can match. He plays Albert Collins-esque icy guitar licks and has a striking, powerful personality and voice, often likened to Omar Kent Dykes. Big Dez learned how to play the blues during a multitude of jam sessions and playing jobs in Chicago and Texas with the likes of Luther Allison, WC Clark, Billy Branch, Chicago guitarist ‘Killer’ Ray Allison, Mike Cross, Tracy Conover, Alan Haynes and harmonica player Paul Orta. He has also played alongside Texas legend Uncle John Turner (drummer with Johnny Winter & Lightnin’ Hopkins), Lucky Peterson and recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds bassist Preston Hubbard and US sax virtuoso Sax Gordon.
“Fernandez is heavily influenced by Albert Collins and Chicago blues; Fernandez’s slashing guitar combines Albert Collins’ icy tension with Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson¹s metallic crunch, and vocals like Omar Kent Dykes” Blues Revue USA
Hope we can make this a rousing blues send off to a very strange year.
We start at 4.30pm and the door charge is £12