Blue Django

Blue Django

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Blue Django; (born Eric John Sawyer; January 6, 1958) is a South African musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer.

Biography

Blue Django; born Eric John Sawyer; January 6, 1958) is a South African musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. A relative unknown, he emerged for the first time in the late 1980s, in a tiny pub called "The Driftwood Den" on Grotto Beach in the coastal village of Hermanus. It's here that he was first given the name "Blue". After moving to the United Kingdom in 2008, he decided to rename all his musical adventures pseudonymously, and so "Blue Django" was born. [1]
BIOGRAPHY

Early Years:

In 1973, whilst doing his homework in the boarding school library at South African College Schools High school, two seniors were performing a rendition of the Traffic (band) version of the ballad of John Barleycorn. That day, a single chord (A minor) would disrupted his studies to such a degree, that he stood up and went over to where the two guitarists were playing, and insisted that they teach it to him.

The 1970s to 1980s:

In 1976, after a profound religious experience (which has been roughly documented in his short story titled "Abraxas to Jesus"), he began writing his own songs, of which two appeared on his first solo project "The Nazarene", which was finally recorded in 2004.

The 1980s to 1990s:

In 1988, he submitted five songs to Paddy Lee Thorpe of Mountain Records and one of the songs titled "To Those Friends of My Past" was chosen to be recorded, but the recording failed to impress him, and so the coveted recording contract was denied him. With the words, "Afrikaans and African music are what sells these days. You'd be better off playing your songs in clubs and pubs" ringing in his ears, he sat down on the cold cement floors outside the door in the Old Castle Brewery at Woodstock, Cape Town and composed "2nd Time/Love Don't Come Easy" and disappeared.

The 1990s - present:

In 1996, after failing to perform the harmonica solos for a cover version recording of Take The Long Way Home ( by Supertramp) for two old friends; he decided to ask them if they might consider recording some of his own songs, and so between 1996 and 1998 he recorded his first Demo (music) CD.

Lyrics

Unknown Landscape

Written By: Blue Django

Instrumental (no lyrics)

Discography

(Recorded and produced by Bruce Taylor : 1996 "Highway Sixty One", 2000 "Away From This War", 2001 "Blues Album Number One", 2003 "Mom's Taxi"),

(Recorded and produced by Eric John Sawyer : 2004 "The Nazarene"),

(Recorded and produced by Bruce Taylor :2005 "Devil's Island"),

(Recorded and produced by Andy Dunlop : 2006 "Question of One"),

(Recorded and produced by Randy Stonehill & Mike Pachelli : 2007 "Peace Dove" )

In 2013, after five years in England he returned to South Africa and has been working on a new album titled "Unknown Landscape"

His music can be bought at Reverbnation , at The Blue Django Music Store.

Set List

Currently in studio with a new album, which will be the surprise set list.