John Norrie

Born 1954, began playing and singing the blues in his home county of Yorkshire, England over thirty years ago. Initially interested in the rural “country” blues of the `20`s and `30`s of artists like Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie, with their finger-picking guitar styles.

After performing solo, he co-founded the country blues duo Southern Cross, which developed into a quartet. At the end of the `90`s the members of the band went their separate ways and, together with Southern Cross bass player, Olaf Lapin, the John Norrie Band was formed with the emphasis on the swing blues and boogie of `40`s and `50`s artists, such as T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed and Jimmy Rogers. The experience of playing country blues has proved to be of great help in developing an unusual and versatile finger-picked electric guitar technique for this musical style.