Name: Nearly Dennis
Location: Head Of Steam, Tynemouth
1. First of all— where does the name derive from?
My dad wanted to call me Dennis but me’ Mam was having none of it.
2. How long have you been playing?
I started at 12, playing at school gigs. At 16, I organised fundraisers. Also, I started working for a burlesque company, playing for the dancers.
3. What would you say were your main influences for your style?
I was raised on Slade, Mott the Hoople, Bad Company and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Stereophonics. The Blues stuff comes from a combination of things. My dad’s mate who lived in Chicago had an influence. Also, my guitar teacher played a bit of the style and I was raised on like 70s Rock, I got into it by finding older stuff on YouTube and trying to change well-known songs into a more bluesy style, like my set finisher “Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi.