Simon Prager (Vocals, Guitar)
Inspired by legendary blues and gospel guitarist, Rev. Gary Davis, Simon has been involved in the British blues scene since the ‘60s. With his playing partner of twelve years, Steve Rye (harmonica), he first came to prominence on an album recorded and released in 1968, Blues Like Showers of Rain. The successful triumvirate of Simon, Steve and pianist Bob Hall performed throughout the ‘70s as the ‘All Star Medicine Show’. When Steve’s health declined, he was replaced by Kevin Stenson.
Simon also played occasionally with the late JoAnn Kelly and accompanied Sonny Terry when half of that legendary duo, Brownie McGhee, became ill. Since the ‘80s, Simon has performed solo and with actress and singer Masha Vlassova, singer and poet Hylda Sims and with Kevin Stenson who sings and plays guitar and harmonica and Pete Harris – guitar and vocals.
Hylda Sims (Vocals, Guitar
Hylda is a singer, guitarist, poet, novelist, skiffler, polymath. In the 50s she was a member of the original City Ramblers which appeared on 6-5 Special and toured with Rambling Jack Elliott. In the 60s, she started a commune in Yorkshire (Lifespan) which still exists. She was Diz Disleys great friend and sometimes landlady. She runs 4th Friday – a poetry and music night on the 4th Friday of each month (usually) at the Poetry Café in Betterton Street, Covent Garden. She is a writer of songs and poems. She is a force of nature.
Kev ‘Doc’ Stenson (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
‘Doc’ Stenson is a master of a range of genres from country and city blues to, old jazz, bluegrass, Irish and Tex Mex rock. As well as performing many classic songs, these style are blended into his own songs and instrumentals. His musical links with Simon Prager go back many years and has also collaborated with Pete Burke and many other artists, including blues greats Lowell Fulson, Tommy Tucker, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.