Slide away with a master at Luton gig

John Emils music has been used on several TV programmes
John Emils music has been used on several TV programmes

The haunting and rootsy sound of the slide guitar comes to Luton next month when a master of the instrument visits the town.

American slide blues and roots guitarist John Emil will bring his celebrated style to the Bear Club in Luton on Saturday September 10.

John aims to “take the lost art of slide guitar in a new direction,” and creates a unique style by integrating country, blues, folk, bluegrass and lush Hawaiian sounds into his repertoire, with influences from the likes of Delta bluesmen Son House and Blind Willie Johnson

His instrumental tracks have been used by American TV shows Dateline, The Voice, ESPN and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.

John has given show-stopping performances at major music festivals including the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Festivals, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the 2012 Bangor On Dee Blues Festival in the UK and the 2012 Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands.

The show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10. Visit www.the-bear.club to book.

John’s show is one of the highlights of a string of shows coming up at the Bear Club. Future performers include dynamic young pianist Hezron Springer and his band, playing jazz fused with bossa nova, rock, metal, salsa, Latin and more.

Visit www.the-bear.club for more information.