Dutch Tilders, the father of the blues in Melbourne, passed away yesterday
Some videos of him playing are here. They're from quite a few years ago but I recently saw an interview with him on the community TV channel where he played a few songs and they had an amazing depth and subtlety that reflected his decades playing the blues, not just your standard bumpa-bumpa 12-bar.
The link above also has a great story about him
[Dutch] had finished his set and had killed it as usual & we were having a talk side of stage. The DJ from the venue butted in with something about how him & Dutch were â€œreally talented beacuse they were both in the music businessâ€ or words to that effect. Dutch just glared at the idiot and said â€œIâ€™ve spent years learning my craftâ€¦ you play fuckinâ€™ records. Piss off!â€
I'm definitely getting more irascible in my old age but the Dutchman undoubtedly set the gold standard