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Hamilton Loomis in Howden

Hamilton Loomis
The Shire Hall, Howden
Saturday 16th November 2024, £16.50
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Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Hamilton Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his familys doo-wop group.
My parents had a fantastic record collection and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what Id been listening to all my life. I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but Ive always been fond of R&B and funky music.
A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houstons famed venue Rockefellers. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays.
That one night began my education and I spent a lot of time with Bo over the years listening to him tell so many stories, said Loomis. He was so generous and most people dont know that he was really philanthropic. He played free concerts around his hometown for homeless shelters, schools and anyone that just needed help. He was always giving! Thats another thing that planted the GIVE IT BACK seed in my mind. Its all coming full circle. Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor. Described by Blues Blast Magazine as a non-stop turbo of power, Loomis energetic, get-in-withthe-crowd antics are infectious. The swaying and clapping are just as he envisioned.
Being comfortable on stage is something that comes completely natural to me, he says. I feel joy when I play music and it literally moves me. It moves my body. I learned long ago that whenever music is coming from you, from deep inside your soul and from the right place, people will feel that on a deeper level and might not even know whats going on inside of themselves. I enjoy engaging the crowd and feel a show should be an interactive experience.

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