He’s one of our national treasures...that eccentric style won many fans over the decades since Wilko Johnson first made a name playing with Dr Feelgood in the 1970’s.
Heavily influenced by legendary guitarist Mick Green from ’60s rockers Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Wilko employs a finger-style, chop-chord strumming action, which he describes as the ‘stab’ - this allows for chords and lead to be played at the same time.
With this economic sound, coupled with the black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the era.
His influence was felt in bands up and down the country, and later in the emergent punk revolution - Joe Strummer of the Clash bought a Tele after seeing Wilko play.
But Wilko is also known away from the music scene - his acting debut as mute executioner Ilyn Payne in Game of Thrones – a role he won by perfecting his “cold hard stare” – introduced him to a new generation of admirers.
Wilko also became something of a miracle man when he survived terminal cancer. He faced his illness head on and went on a farewell tour, and only got a second opinion when he was weeks from death; he underwent radical life-saving surgery after his pancreatic cancer was judged to be less severe than doctors first thought.
Now he is coming to play live courtesy of the De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Motofest 2016.
His gig is on Saturday August 13 at 7pm.
He will be supported by The Wave Pictures who returned to DLWP earlier this year with a brand new, vinyl only album called A Season in Hull, out on their own label Wymeswold Records.
The album was recorded on acoustic guitars in one room, with a bunch of their friends, live in to one microphone on singer Dave Tattersall’s birthday, January 28 2015. The songs were written as quickly as possible and the recording captures that moment in all its spontaneous glory. As Tattersall elaborates: “That’s what this is - a one-microphone happy birthday recording.”
Tickets £22.50 advance, £25.50 on the door, on 01424 229111 or www.dlwp.com.