Rick takes cue from legend

By Richard Wright

Friday, February 10, 2012

 

Rick takes cue from legend

Travelsick Rick.

MUSICGUITAR teacher Rick Adsett is hitting the road with his tribute act to blues guitar legend, Seasick Steve.

Using the stage name Travelsick Rick, he played his first gig at Freshwater Memorial Hall, last month, and will be at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on March 10, before branching out to the mainland.

Rick, 44, who lives in Carisbrooke, has been playing music since he was eight and teaches guitar to students aged between eight and 74.

He was inspired by the energy of the music of The Who at the 1970 IW Pop Festival and more recently, by Seasick Steve, who he met at last year’s IW Festival.

Like his hero, Travelsick Rick performs on a variety of home-made instruments.

They include a one-string instrument made out of a piece of driftwood from Totland Bay, with a dogfood tin at the end and played with his grandfather’s screwdriver.

There’s a guitar, with the body made from a cigar box, the fretboard from a bed frame and bits of a window frame from a French chateau.

He has another guitar, made from two Mercedes hubcaps reclaimed from a Rookley scrapyard and the neck from an old spade handle.

"The secret’s in the electronic pick-ups I use and training a bit on Jack Daniel’s, which is very much like Seasick Steve," said Rick.

For details visit www.travelsickrick.co.uk

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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