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Wonderful stories from Mr Walwyn prompted by well set questions from our very own Holly Hewitt along with a few from the audience started this special evening which due to the generosity of the man himself in donating all of his fee as well as the proceeds from any of his solo albums sold on the night raised over £400 for the ILEAP charity (a cause very close to Steves heart).
We had numerous tales/anecdotes from his days with The DTs, The Mosquitos, Chevy, Red On Red, Dr. Feelgood and many more and he also told us about his own personal musical heroes and influences.
Names dropped (in Steve's very modest way of course!) included the likes of Brian May, Kate Bush, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher and Jeff Beck with my favourite part being the fact that Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant owes Steve a support set over a game of pool bet a while back and we mean Mr Plant supporting Steve (so looking forward to that one!).
He was very generous in giving us so much info on his amazing musical life but sure there are plenty more gems that will make his proposed book for which I cannot wait.
His passion when he talked about his amazing guitar collection was a joy to behold (understand completely as I sometime get so passionate about my photography, some would say overly so!) and what a privilege that he brought along his famous Plank to show us as it is so treasured it stays safe at home most of the time.
After a short break it was live music time with of course a good dose of blues firstly Steve solo and then performing with guests local musicians and good friends Martin Cure, Sam Powell and a returning Holly.
The music matched the high quality of the talk and I particularly loved the foot-tapping cover of Canned Heats ‘Going Up The Country' and a blast from the past from my 1980's Kellys days with the Red On Red number ‘Sign Of The Times'.
Amazing stories and music to match from not just for me one of the finest blues/r&b/ rock guitarists in the country but also the nicest man in music (I always so it but it is so true) and of course one of our very own - Thanks very much Steve and thanks also to Malcolm, Holly, Sam and Martin.

***Apologies for the grainy photos but did the best I could with the more subtle restaurant lighting and apologies for no shots of Steves guest musicians who were just in too much shadow/darkness to catch in action***

Andrew Lock



Photo gallery

Less than 2 weeks to go now so here is my final update on my upcoming charity photo exhibition and sale.

Wednesday 17th October 2018

The Oak House Sports and Social Club
87 Upper Holly Walk
Leamington Spa
CV32 4JS

Kindly sponsored by Presto Music this is an exhibition of some of my favourite images from my years of gig photography consisting of 40 prints and 40 digital images and includes over 25 unpublished shots.

Bands and artists represented (with still a few to add) include UFO, Thin Lizzy, Dr. Feelgood, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Magnum, Marillion, Fish, Kristy Gallacher, Steve Hackett, Mostly Autumn, Voodoo Vegas, John Otway, Heather Findlay, Cherry Lee Mewis, Europe, Laurence Jones, Touchstone, Larry Miller, Uriah Heep, Hayseed Dixie, Robinson-Stone and several local acts.

There will be short sets by two of my all time favourite performers and good friends Steve Walwyn and Kristy Gallacher during the evening and I have put together a playlist of some of my favourite numbers by artists portrayed in the exhibition.

Every penny raised on the night will be split between my 2 chosen charities.

ZOE'S PLACE - A baby hospice based in Coventry providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years.
THE CINNAMON TRUST -The National Charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets.

There are several ways you can help donate on the night by contributing to the charities collection boxes (would be a nice thank you to my guest musicians giving their time and skills for free), the purchase of raffle tickets at £2 a strip and if you take a shine to one of the prints (A3 photo mounted) they will be for sale on a first come first reserved (paid for) basis and available to take away after 10pm or to collect later in the week for a special price of £20 each.

Apart from the prizes in the photos the raffle also includes

A mounted and framed print of any of my exhibition images or any image from my web site - donated by Regent Framing

£50 voucher towards the Tapas menu - donated by The Catalan Restaurant in Warwick

A music themed Lego frame - made and donated by Clare Plumbley

A litre of Jack Daniels and a Bt of whiskey - donated by Jeff and Sarah at The Oak House

A Bt of Jameson's - donated by David Galvin

Thanks guys x

There are hopefully more promised prizes to arrive before the day and also a big thank you to the wonderful donations in the photos to -

Magnum, The Cinnamon Trust, Julie Lock, Laurence Jones, The Classic Rock Society, The Tom O' The Wood, Cherry Lee Mewis, Jo Ash/Derecho, Voodoo Vegas, Kristy Gallacher, Matilda Pratt, Audrey Pheasey, John Otway, Hug Life Living and Robinson-Stone. (hope I have not missed anyone out).

Thanks as well of course to Jeff and Sarah at The Oak House and the club itself, my sponsors Presto Music, my wife Julie for her help with the prints, Malcolm at the Catalan for a potential offer of a small PA for the evening and everyone else that has helped including the places that kindly displayed my flyers.

Hope to se some of you there and nice and early would be advised in case it fills up (never know!) and you can also have first choice if want to buy a print and I would love time to chat with anyone about what has been a most enjoyable little hobby for the last 11 years.

Andrew Lock