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Tim Aves
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Tim Aves
Guitar, Harp and Vocals
Are you local?

Local to someone, that's for sure. Deep in the Essex Delta actually!

Where are you from, originally?

Born in Ely, Cambs, grew up nearby, but have lived in Essex for 30+ years.

What's your tipple?

Red wine.

What's your earliest memory?

Woke up this morning...

What was the first record you ever bought with your own money?

Probably "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" by Slade.

...and do you still have it?

No - unless it's buried somewhere in a box in the loft with all the other albums that won't fit in my CD player!

Any hobbies/interests?


Oh, you want to know what?  Walking, photography, reading... all disappointingly dull, really.

Do you remember the very first gig you went to? What was it like?

Embarassing... The Glitter Band and Geordie at Bournmouth Winter Gardens in about 1973. Seemed rather exciting at the time, though.

Worst job you've ever had?

The one I'm doing now - the hours are unsocial, the work is dull and pointless, they treat us like crap and it seems to get worse each day!

What's your claim to fame (not necessarily musical)?

You'd have to ask someone else that...

If you could invite 6 people (past, present or fictional) to dinner, Who would you choose?

Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kirsty McColl (it'd be the only chance to meet them) plus my dear old friends Lee Brilleaux and Ray Bartrip. God, it'd be good to see those guys again - and think of the jam we could have afterwards!

Been playing/performing long?

Since about 9 o'clock. Oh you're serious, right? First gig with a band was in 1978 - a punk band called The Rabid Corgis (somewhat anti-monarchist!) - but I was a boy soprano and chorister as a kid and my mum also used to drag me out to sing in talent contests and concert parties.

Been in any bands?

Yes, a few. The aforementioned Rabid Corgis, then a rock covers band called Vieux Chapeau (all the stuff we covered really was old hat!!!), then an original pop band called Emotion Pictures, then Automatic Slim (17 years on the road and 3,000+ gigs), then The Rockin' Armadillos (13 years and about 800 gigs), now WOLFPACK. Also any number of side projects like T-Bird Rhythm and the Tim Aves-Son Henry Band.

What first got you interested in the Blues?

Dr Feelgood.

What other types of music do you like to listen to/play?

Good new country, classic rock, some folk-roots stuff.

Favourite Blues artists?
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Muddy Waters
  • Little Walter
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II
  • T-Bone Walker
  • The "Three Kings" - Albert, BB and Freddie
  • Albert Collins
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Dr. Feelgood (up to about 1988)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Sonny Landreth
  • Rick Vito
  • Ian Siegal
  • Matt Schofield
  • 24 Pesos
  • Hokie Joint

...and on and on!

Favourite artists (any other genre) ?

Joe Ely, Steve Earle, Kirsty McColl, Georgia Satellites, Black Crowes, Spinal Tap, Zappa.

Ever been lucky enough to meet or share a stage with one of your musical heroes?

Automatic Slim toured with Dr Feelgood in 1987 - Lee Brilleaux became a friend in the years before his sad death. Played a couple of gigs recently in a band with Gypie Mayo (the best guitarist Dr Feelgood ever had IMO). Once opened for the T-Birds (in Basildon !!!) Met and interviewed Sonny Landreth (what a nice guy!).

I also get to meet, work with and interview a lot of the current crop of great Brit blues guys through the Warner Blues weekends I work at and on my radio show: 8-10pm every Sunday night on SAINT FM 94.7 (if you're within gobbing distance of Burnham) and online at www.saintfm.org.uk.

Favourite instruments and/or equipment?

It changes a lot...
At the moment. my sunburst 1983 Squier JV Strat - cost me about a third of what it's worth and although it doesn't have the F-word on the head it's the best Strat I've ever played. My USA surf green 62 reissue Strat, my 52 reissue Tele, my Squier 51 with the Hipshot bridge - shit-hot slide machine! - my Gibson Firebird....I have a few guitars!

Ampwise:  My 83 Paul Rivera Fender Super Champ (converted into head). It's an 18w amp that kills most 50w combos dead. Matchless Chieftain 2x12 combo, Fender 75 1x15 combo. My new harp amp - a Sonny Junior Four Ten, which is basically a very high spec American handwired 59 Bassman clone.

My Mackie PA. Hard to get excited about a PA, but I really notice the difference when I'm not using it.

If you had to sum up your relationship with the Blues using just one word, what would it be?

All-consuming (OK, that's two, but at least they're hyphenated!)

Who would you pick (past or present) for your dream band?

Quite happy with the guys I've got now, thanks.

Most embarrassing moment?

Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? Being forced by my mum to sing Neil Reed's “Mother of Mine” in front of an audience of pensioners, aged about 13? The numerous occasions I've bounded on stage and realised halfway through the first number my flies were undone? Or maybe the night I inadvertently ended up £40 worse off after a gig in Colchester... but then, you'd have to ask the guys from Automatic Slim about that one!

Proudest moment!

Seeing my boy Owen win Young Guitarist Of The Year, aged 15 - every single time I see the clever little bastard play, actually!

What do you most enjoy about the Blues Jam?

Reg, Terry and Stevie are great people to play with - good musicians and terrific "listeners".

If you could travel back in time to be present at one moment/event in musical history, what would it be?

Any time and any place I could see Howlin' Wolf performing in his prime. Sadly, he died long before I really discovered what he was all about.

Who would they cast to play you in the movie of your life?

No idea. Somebody thinner and better-looking, no doubt. They usually do that in movies! Failing that, how about John Goodman? He's brilliantly sweary in that marvellous HBO series about New Orleans, post-Katrina, "Treme".

Marmite: - Yes or No?

Categorically YES!

If you were invited on "Desert Island Discs", which 8 records would you choose?
  • 1. Ernie - Benny Hill
  • 2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
  • 3. Tail Dragger - Howlin' Wolf
  • 4. The Blues Had A Baby - Dr. Feelgood
  • 5. L.A. Woman - The Doors
  • 6. If You Have To Know - Lonnie Mack
  • 7. Guitar Town - Steve Earl
  • 8. This River - Sonny Landreth
...and what would be your luxury item?

A wind-up radio permanently tuned to Radio 4.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Have a good time - ALL the time.

Go on - tell us a secret!

Well I could... But then I'd have to kill you.