|September 22, 2019|
As part of the ‘Old Riverport Jazz and Blues Festival’, The Seven Wives in St Ives is very pleased to announce that, in his first St Ives gig for some time, internationally recognised ‘Harmonica Wizard’ Steve Lockwood, along with his band, will be showcasing the power and influence of his favourite and most versatile instrument, the harmonica.
Steve Lockwood has been playing for over 30 years, and he met Ed Graham 10 years ago when Ed knocked on his door to learn harmonica. Ed would often drop hints that he also played piano and eventually Steve invited him to join him on a gig. The result was electrifying and they have been playing together both as a duo and with larger ensembles, traveling around the UK doing gigs and harmonica workshops. One trip included Ed and Steve teaching 200 people at a conference in Monte Carlo. Ed not only plays meticulous piano grooves with a deft touch but also combines this with foot percussion and backing vocals, and he has been known to play counterpoint harmonica at the same time. It is like having several musicians in one incredible action-packed individual.
Dave Lockwood was introduced to the duo in 2015. It is not easy to join an established act, but Dave Lockwood amazed everybody with his tasteful, subtle touches in supporting parts, contrasted with soaring melodic solos over blues — how amazing a guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and startling technique! Steve, Ed and Dave are all experienced players and improvise with ease in any genre, from sophisticated jazz and tight funky grooves, to pop and country — the after-gig compliments are always shared out over the whole group.