Cerys Matthew can’t get enough of Scott Wainwright. She’s forever pushing him on her BBC Radio 2 Blues show and with good reason. He’s very much the real deal, but he’s also very much someone who isn’t afraid to blur boundaries when he sees fit. I doubt that greats such as Robert Johnson would have been able to pull a bit of beatboxing out of their battered hats with quite the same elan as Wainwright. Yep – you heard correctly – this fella likes to spice his sets with chunks of hip-hop, as well as gospel, country and – get this! – even a bit of Beefheart. He’s a great raconteur too, down to earth and funny with it, which always helps the bonhomie flow. Opening for the great man will be another great man in the form of Ian Bartholomew who is a member of Teesside based folk band Peg Powler. They released their debut album, ‘Northern Lines’, in July 2016 and it moved Bob Fischer of BBC Tees to froth: “Beautifully dark and twisted folk music with a macabre streak a mile wide.” Get to it!
Scott Wainwright + Ian Bartholomew, Saturday 28 March, Claypath Delicatessen, Durham City, 6pm, £10/£8. facebook.com/downbytheriverdurham