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In the early 60’s Brimstone was studying classical guitar, and by chance wandered into the Spinning Wheel folk club in his hometown of Hemel Hempstead. After winning the prestigious solo artist’s prize in the national competitions held at the first Cambridge Folk Festival in 1965, he embarked on a long and successful career, which continued up to the 21st century.
Spanning blues, trad, contemporary and much in between, his entire show is linked together with tall stories, fast one-liners; tragic and comical tales of misfortune and an array of extraordinary characters that find themselves in everyday situations which Brimstone brings to life, turns around and finds humour in them all.
Derek is also a superb and highly respected guitarist with "one of the most precise claw-picking techniques in the business". He is also highly regarded as a clawhammer banjo player.
As well as becoming a stalwart of the British folk and blues scene, and touring with such people as The Strawbs and Steeleye Span, he has played all over the world. He has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaya, Cyprus, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, the Falklands, the Arabian Gulf club circuit and most of Europe too.