Ged Wilson Biography
“This is music only a fully grown man could make…”
That’s the way Ged Wilson describes his act of solo acoustic contemporary blues. Raised along the Irwell Delta in Manchester and now relocated in Cheltenham, Ged is a veteran of the British Blues boom of the 60’s. He cuts his original tunes from the world around him viewed through his northern biased kaleidoscope. With his upbeat guitar styles he weaves some slide, rack harp and laconic humour into his funky one man medicine show.
Ged Wilson has made many radio appearances and had his music played around the world. His albums have been appreciated by a global audience and his third studio album “Tonight at Noon” released 29th April 2016 had a promo track “Ain’t That a Shame” featured on the Paul Jones blues show on BBC Radio 2. Ged’s previous studio album “What’s Going On?” was listed in the top 100 albums worldwide for the year 2013.
Ged has toured the nation, played the blues festivals and music venues across the land, including the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival main acoustic stage, The Skegness Rock & Blues Festival and Maryport Blues Festival to name but three.
“Wilson is clearly gifted in composition, vocals and lyrics, but also knows how to create a specific vibe in combining those elements…”
– Alice Neiley USA
“…I thought that was very nice indeed I hope you enjoyed it…”
“Wilson is an accomplished bluesman with the keen sense and insight to make every song unique instead of the same old doldrums…”
– Kelly O’Neil USA
Ged’s live performances are an attempt to create and intimate a live band sound whilst playing solo stripped back music. The use of different guitar styles and tunings, vocal ideas, guitar pedals and foot stomping percussion keep the audience engaged with an upbeat performance. A mix of contemporary blues with a hint of old style, crossing jazz, soul, funk boundaries with a touch of laconic humour. Although Ged does not take himself too seriously he is very serious about his music and delivering a performance for his audience.
Ged sees his role as a curator for the Arts, having inherited the music he feels the need to nurture it before passing it on to the next generation. By referencing his influences from the 1970’s he can blend the raw truth of Lightnin’ Hopkins with Miles Davis moods and sprinkle the funky lyric delivery of Gil Scott-Heron and distil this fusion down into his own sound.
There are plenty of challenges today in the world of music as listening habits have changed, technology moved on and the birth of independent artists, but Ged is up for the challenge of keeping his dream alive of getting his music out there. When it comes to a legacy, Ged likes the idea of under the radar cult status of someone like Nick Drake who’s legacy has gone on to inspire many budding musicians long after his passing.
“maybe that’s how I will be remembered in years to come, to quote a line from the 70’s jazz rock band ‘IF’, …I want it said when I am gone I moved the world just one step on…”