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Distinctive blues guitarist Will Johns will be performing in Deal next week

PUBLISHED: 16:28 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:28 17 March 2016

Will Johns

Will Johns

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He will perform songs from his new album.

Distinctive blues guitarist and singer Will Johns will be performing in Deal during his tour of the UK.

The tour coincides with the release of his third album - Something Old, Something New, which is due to be released on April 15.

“I’ve tried to do something like it says on the tin,” he explained.

“There’s a track on there that’s definitely a borrowed one, there’s some songs from right at the beginning and then there’s some new songs from over the last year or so.”

Mr Johns has a strong musical background, teaching himself how to play the guitar when he was 15 years old.

His father is renowned record producer Andy Johns and his uncle is singer Eric Clapton, who is well-known for iconic hits such as Layla and Tears In Heaven.

Mr Johns said that his family members had had a positive influence on him.

“Growing up my parents, my mum especially, had a great tape collection,” he said.

“I taught myself to play by putting on those tapes and playing guitar to those records. I definitely taught myself by ear.”

And he was encouraged and supported by his influential uncle.

“It was really amazing,” he said.

“Especially during my first gig at school, when we were raising money for charity.

“All of a sudden this great big Marshall amp appeared. It was one of his and he’d sent it over so that we could do the concert.”

Mr Johns knew he wanted to pursue a career in music from a young age.

“I went to college in Oxford and did a performing arts course.

“I think I have always been a bit of a show off, I knew I wanted to perform one way or another.”

He released his first solo album - Count On Me - in 2008 and Hooks and Lines in 2012.

Mr Johns will be performing at the Astor Theatre on Thursday (March 24).

The show will start at 8pm and tickets are £15.

For further details or to book you can visit www.theastor.org.

For more information about Mr Johns’ music visit www.willjohns.sdclients.net.

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