Derek Rutherford - Author and Musician
|Derek's first live performance
dates back to around the time when the Beatles finally split (which was
probably nothing to do with Derek's first live performance!). This first
performance was a memorable version of Home On The Range played on
two clarinets (only one by Derek) at the junior school orchestral show.
There were other tunes played that night - but the terrifying duet is all
that remains in the memory (although Derek still has the clarinet!).
Derek's first rock'n'roll show was a few years later at the tender age of 15 in the halcyon days of punk rock. The highlight of that show was the fact that someone actually recognised one of the tunes (for completeness, it was a Ramones song).
Since then, many bands have come and gone as have many shows including biker rallies, radio interviews, sessions, a slot at Glastonbury, too many New Year's Eves to count, birthdays, weddings, theatres, festivals, pubs and bars and snooker halls, and so on. There have been a few decent songs written, and a lot of indecent ones.
These days Derek can be found playing rock'n'roll and boogie woogie with Red Hot Boogie, doing the occasional solo finger-picking guitar gig, an even more occasional slot with The Derek Rutherford Band, banging out open chords with the party duo Delboy and Dave and adding lead guitar to performances with songwriters such as Gordon Wood and Sid Harvey.
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