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Wizz Jones


Legendary folk and blues guitarist Wizz Jones is the latest addition to the line-up for the Costa del Folk in Portugal this October.

Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950’s.

He then followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960’s and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a ‘right hand worthy of Bill Broonzy’!

John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz’s song ‘When I Leave Berlin’.

After almost 60 years ‘on the road’ Wizz continues to tour on the Acoustic Folk and Blues circuit. And following the tremendous reception he received at the Costa del Folk in Portugal in 2015, we’re delighted and honoured to have him back again in Portugal for our 7th Costa del Folk.