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Sunday evening blues with CW Stoneking at The Black Box

Aussie blues man CW Stoneking plays The Black Box on Sunday June 17

AUSTRALIAN blues singer-songwriter CW Stoneking will play a rare solo show at The Black Box in Belfast on Sunday June 17.

The son of an American schoolteacher with a passion for music, Stoneking grew up in Australia's remote Northern Territory and fell in love with the blues as a teen.

He has so far released three albums of original material in King Hokum, Jungle Blues and his latest, Gon' Boogaloo, which appeared in 2014 and saw him favouring the electric guitar over his signature 1931 National Duolian dobro, the same instrument Blind Boy Fuller and other blues legends played.

A brilliant musician, Stoneking enjoys the lighter side of performing: his larger-than-life stage presence is enhanced by dapper tropical white outfits and religiously slicked-back hair.

"I tell a lot of stories on stage, and then I tend to ramble," says the Australian, who also plays on Jack White's current LP, Boarding House Reach.

"I talk that sort of stuff just for my own entertainment."

:: Tickets £13.50 via Blackboxbelfast.com

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