Buddy’s the Bluesbreaker

3 December 2011 - De Tamboer, Hoogeveen
3 December 2011 - De Tamboer, Hoogeveen

THERE’S a name for all you blues aficionados to ponder – Buddy Whittington.

A former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Buddy has the accolade of “possibly the greatest Bluesbreaker of them all” given to him by no less than John Mayall himself.

This praise takes on more significance when you realise that his name comes before other stars such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout and Coco Montoya.

Born in 1956, young Buddy grew up listening to his sisters’ records.

Among the music that influence the young shaver were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Who, The Yardbirds, Slim Harpo and, of course, John Mayall.

It was while supporting John Mayall, with his own band, that Buddy was formally asked by the blues legend to come and join him.

He did this and worked closely with Mayall for 15 years before heading for the spotlight.

Buddy’s first, eponymous, album inspired him to break out on his own, playing self-penned music.

During the last few years he has toured extensively through Europe playing venues throughout the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Italy.

The Buddy Whittington Band plays the Ferry in Glasgow on Sunday.