Patrick Smet is a stalwart of the UK Boogie Woogie Festival “family”, having attended the event since its beginning in 2005. He has played in almost every corner of Sturminster Newton since then and this year presents the Masterclass at St Mary’s Church on Saturday.
Patrick’s love of listening to blues and boogie woogie soon developed in a passion to play this music himself…he knows the value of practice and rehearsal and will stress this importance and provide valuable tips for those attending. He will talk about his influences and share his fascinating journey from being an amateur player.
Patrick retired from his full-time teaching career in 2008, providing the opportunity to develop his style by attending concerts and festivals and also hosting fellow players at his home. He has not only developed his style of playing but also his performance. He can be energetic, sombre, humorous and he is also an excellent accompanist.
Patrick has played in festivals in his native Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Laroquebrou in France, the UK festival, as well as further afield in America.