With its many leaves and branches, the English folk scene is traceable to a few gnarly yet enduring taproots. Along with the Watersons and Davy Graham, guitarist Wizz Jones is one of them. Jones was paramount in influencing virtually every acoustic guitarist and folk scenester who came after him in the U.K.
Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Wizz learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho in the late 1950s.
He then followed the time-honoured buskers' trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960s and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a 'right hand worthy of Broonzy'!
John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz's song 'When I Leave Berlin'.
Furthermore, in October 2019, Wizz was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards held at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
With a career now spanning 60 years Wizz continues to tour on the Acoustic Folk and Blues circuit, usually solo but sometimes with his Son Simeon on Sax, Flute and Harmonica