Derek Brimstone

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b. 29 August 1932, Islington, London, England. Having taken up classical guitar during the 50s Brimstone drifted into the folk scene, and was almost 30 years old before he sang professionally for the…
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b. 29 August 1932, Islington, London, England. Having taken up classical guitar during the 50s Brimstone drifted into the folk scene, and was almost 30 years old before he sang professionally for the first time. There followed a three-year period of ‘floor spots’ in folk clubs all over London, culminating in a residency in a Luton club. Appearing at the first Cambridge Folk Festival in 1965, Brimstone was subsequently featured in Melody Maker. His style of blues and ragtime, played on guitar, and occasionally banjo and piano, interspersed with touches of humour, has continued to prove popular with audiences. Southern Music have published two of his tutors;Easy Pickings 5-String Banjo (1967), andClawpicking Guitar Made Easy (1968). After over 25 years on the road he has reduced his live performances and only occasionally tours.