23rd – 25th AUGUST 2019
1 GREAT FESTIVAL
GET TO KNOW TONE TANNER
“This guy has to be seen to be believed”.
Tanner is a one-man ‘kick ass’ band, of DIY alternative and slide guitar.
Here we chat to Tone about his musical journey, emotional playing, nursing and ‘electric planks’.
Q: What is your musical background (and are you self-taught)?
A: Yes, I’m 99% self taught. I started playing guitar at 14, and other instruments followed. I’m pretty handy on bass, drums and flute, and play a bit of harmonica and keyboards.
I’ve played in a lot of bands, with some great players (including Peter Miller), but aside from a bit of duo work with Garrington T. Jones, I’m strictly a one man ‘kick ass’ band now.
Q: Who do you look up to as an artist?
A: My main man is Frank Zappa, with Hendrix coming in second.
I listen to all music though – jazz, funk, rock, punk, new wave, classical, disco, rave, even a bit of blues occasionally.
Q: When it comes to writing songs, what circumstances or events give you inspiration?
A: My albums are personal, dealing with the human condition, and the futility / frailty of life. The last two albums have been quite political too – there’s plenty of fodder out there. I’ve collaborated with several artist(e)s on my latest album (‘Duels’), including with author Richard Wall, who wrote the lyrics to ‘Fat Man Blues’.
I don’t go anywhere near blues cliches like ‘my woman done gone with my neighbour’, deals with devils, boxcars, hurricanes in cornfields etc. What’s the point?
Q: Which one of your songs means the most to you?
A: It’s off my latest album, called ‘Read to the End’. It’s very personal and I cry when I play it sometimes, which is really embarrassing!
Q: Please tell us one thing we may not know about you.
A: I was a registered nurse from 1989 to 2000. I specialised in the HIV / AIDS field.
Q: In terms of your shows, what is your favourite track to perform live and why?
A: If it’s one of mine, then a ‘new’ version of an oldie called ‘Neva Trusta…’, a slide rock / rap tune – ‘cos it kicks ass!
My favourite cover to play is possibly ‘Glory Box’, the Portishead version. It’s just a great song.
Q: What kind of music were you brought up listening to?
A: My dad was a jazz / military saxophonist. Some of his record collection was great – swing artists like Milt Jackson/Lucky Thompson, June Christie, John Coltrane.
He hated guitars though (‘electric planks’).
Q: What’s been the most memorable time of your musical career?
A: Oddly, filling in the-spur-of-the-moment on drums for a great band (John Denton) when their drummer cried off sick. I pulled it off, and it was the best feeling!
I’ve played with Gwyn Ashton a few times, which is nice, and I’ve run a couple of workshops for Michael Messer which have been fab.
Q: What else do you have in store for the rest of this year?
A: I’m releasing my third full studio album in the next few weeks. It’s blues and rock, but no blues-rock really. Oh, and a bit of swing!
Q: Where can people find out more about you and your music?
A: www.tonetanner.com and https://tonetanner.bandcamp.com
Q: What’s the meaning/history behind the name Tone?
A: Tone is short for Antony. Only my wife and mom call me that, if they’re angry (and when I want to sound posh for my clients).
Tone Tanner plays the Mini Muni | Sunday | 6:00pm