LEWIS FLOYD HENRY & HIP BONE SLIM | London, The Blues Kitchen Camden

It was standing room only at Camden’s Blues Kitchen for the final night of London’s One Man Band Festival. Packed into the back of the bar, all number of London’s finest hipsters amassed to dance wildly to the loud creations of Hip Bone Slim, and the later more considered music from Lewis Floyd Henry.

Having successfully starred in bands for over 30 years, Hip Bone Slim – aka Sir Bald – ventured into the realms of solo performance for the festival, delighting the audience with covers of many blues classics. His modern take on “I just want to make love to you” may have caused Etta James – whose mural overlooked the stage – to roll her eyes a little, but it certainly struck a chord with the audience. Whilst some of his repertoire may have likened Slim to a poor man’s Lonnie Donegan, it’s fair to say that his ad-libbing and mash-up of genres left many calling for an encore.

Usually you’ll catch one-man-band rocker Lewis Floyd Henry on the streets of London. But closing the evening, the Hendrix-esque multi-instrumentalist came out of the cold to give a sizzling performance.

Whether on Brick Lane where he busks daily, or on YouTube where he’s clocked up millions of views, you’ve most likely already come across Lewis. A one-man, multi-genre, traveling sonic medicine show, he can go from Jimmy Hendrix to Biggie Smalls in one great swoop. It’s a shame that Lewis Floyd Henry came on so late — around two hours later than the advertised start time — by which many 9-to-5ers had already left the sold-out show.

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