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November 18, 2011


Martin Adamson

He was discovered by Lomax - unlike the other 60s blues guys he had never recorded before. In fact, he never had been a paid musician at all or heard himself sing - there's a famous photo of him listening to a tape playback for the first time.


I saw Fred in the Swansea folk club early 70's. His electric guitar wouldn't work so he simply picked up the warm up artists acoustic guitar. The audience, about 20 of us had often heard it played so when Fred started I thought - "This is impossible! that box can not make those sounds" and when he finally got his own guitar going it was even more electric. Easily the best blues artist I ever saw.

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