It’s easy to consign the idea of the itinerant blues singer to myth (Robert Johnson) or caricature (Seasick Steve) but in 2016, the Bastard Joe Kelly is as close as you’ll get to the real thing.
Having spent the last couple of years calling a dilapidated camper van home and playing hundreds of shows armed with just a beaten-up guitar, a stomping foot and a harmonica, Joe decided that enough was enough. Breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band format and enlisting the services of a hand-picked troupe of the finest local guns for hire has already borne fruit.
Debut single Devil At Your Door was an apocalyptic folk-blues with roots instrumentation and a contemporary edge that proved an immediate hit with DJs Bethan Elfyn, Andrew Shay and Adam Walton and earned the Bastard a BBC Horizons grant into the bargain.
Photo credit: Tash Horton