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It is now nine years since Dave joined Buddy Rich 'up there'.

Dave Joseph Night 2017 will be held on July 12 at The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

The recipients of the Dave Joseph Award 2017 are guitarist Matt Hodgkins and drummer, Anthony Longworth.

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MATT HODGKINS
I am a guitarist and music student from Birkenhead, currently studying at the City of Liverpool College. I have been playing guitar for 12 years, and for the first 5 or 6 I was completely self-taught. I started playing guitar when I was 14 and learnt everything I wanted to purely by ear. I personally like the varied genre of metal music, but have been branching out the past few years, and trying different genres such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Soul, etc, to become a more rounded versatile musician, that is not confined by genre based knowledge, and to meet new people and players whilst having fun along the way. Some of my inspirations and favourite artists consist of: Devin Townsend; Miles Davis, Jeff Loomis, Mick Gordon, Guthrie Govan, Andy McKee, Michael Manring. And many more. I love music, in its many shapes and colours and variants that it occurs in, and I hope to be exposed to new forms of music to continue learning and becoming a better musician.
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ANTHONY LONGWORTH

Anthony has been playing the drums for 11 years.
He has played venues in Liverpool such as the 02 academy and the world famous Cavern Club
Preferred genres are Rock and Heavy metal but he does have experience playing all genres from Jazz to Reggae and Classic Rock and Roll and Blues
Anthony first got into music at a young age, and has always been fascinated with different sounds coming from an array instruments.
Discovering the genre of jazz at the age of 14, and joining a Jazz band at the age of 15, Anthony has developed his skills to be able to play songs and compositions by famous Jazz musicians, such as ‘Moondance', ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Cantaloupe Island’