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Snowy White

Snowy White

Snowy White is one of a handful of classic blues-orientated British electric guitar players- musicians whose sound, technique and style has echoed the originality of the blues with the excitement of contemporary rock.

In his early teens he got hooked on the blues.

Arriving in London in the early seventies with the classic few pennies in his pocket, he gradually made a name for himself, and became respected as a tasteful player and an easy guy to get along with.

Peter Green
(I Loved Another Woman
Snowy White @YouTube)

In 1974 he toured the east coast of America, getting as far south as New Orleans and discovering that he thoroughly enjoyed being on the road.

He had by then become friendly with the now legendary English blues guitarist Peter Green and they spent a lot of time jamming together.

During the mid-seventies Snowy played on various sessions, developed his skills in the studio environment, and started writing his own material.


In the Autumn of 1976 he was invited to tour America and Europe with the Pink Floyd as their first augmenting musician, a gig which took up most of his time throughout 1977.

In 1979 Peter Green decided to head for the studio once more and invited Snowy along to jam. The result was the album entitled «In the Skies», now something of a collectors item.

Trouble Boys (@ YouTube)

He was then asked by the Pink Floyd to go to America to rehearse their new show entitled «The Wall», and at the same time the rock band Thin Lizzy invited him to become a full-time member, so after the completion of the Floyds US dates he returned to England and went straight into the studio to record his first Thin Lizzy album «Chinatown». After his second album with the band, entitled «Renegade» he decided that it was time to do his own thing and quit the band in 1982.

Live in London 1984
For The Rest of My Life
(Video @ YouTube)

He then got together with musicians that he had known and admired for a long time - drummer/percussionist Richard Bailey, keyboard player Godfrey Wang, and bassist and producer Kuma Harada. Together they came up with Snowy's first solo album, «White Flames». A single, the timeless «Bird of Paradise» became an international hit.

He took a break to rethink his musical direction, during which time he put together a gigging blues band and recorded two blues albums, «Change my Life», and «Open for Business».


Comfortably numb
(@ YouTube)

In June 1990 Roger Waters, having split from the Pink Floyd, asked Snowy to perform with him on the spectacular «The Wall» show, in front of 350,000 people in Berlin. For many of the audience one of the most memorable moments was Snowy's guitar solo in «Comfortably Numb» played from the top of the eighty foot wall.

In 1991 Roger Waters again called upon Snowy, this time to play at the «Guitar Legends» concert in Seville as part of Expo.

After this concert Snowy set about recording the songs that he had been writing during the previous few years. The result was the album entitled «Highway to the Sun».

Apart from guest appearances by Chris Rea, David Gilmour and Gary Moore, it also introduced two new brilliant Dutch-Indonesian musicians, Juan van Emmerloot (drums) and Walter Latupeirissa (bass and rhythm guitar). Kuma Harada also played bass and rhythm.

Snowy's next album project was entitled «Gold Top», after his well-known Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Standard guitar. It features material in which Snowy has been involved from as far back as 1974 right up to 1996, including two tracks from Thin Lizzy, jams from the Peter Green «In the Skies» session (with Peter on 2nd guitar), Al Stewart live in Philadelphia (1974), and the only complete version of the Pink Floyd song «Pigs on the Wing» featuring Snowy's original guitar solo.

Snowy has recorded three albums with his White Flames band, «No Faith Required» in1996, «Little Wing» in 1998 and «Keep Out: We Are Toxic» in 1999.

The White Flames

In The Flesh
(@ YouTube)

In 1999 Snowy joined Roger Waters for his bands 'In The Flesh' US tour, which was so successful that, in the Summer of 2000, Roger again toured the States, this time recording a live album and making a film of the show.

A final «White Flames» album (as a three-piece), entitled «Restless», was released in May 2002.

From February to July 2002 Snowy toured the world with Roger Waters.

What I am Searching For (@ YouTube)

Spring 2005 saw the release of a new White Flames cd, entitled «The Way It Is», with a basic four-piece outfit consisting of Richard Bailey (drums/percussion), Walter Latupeirissa (bass) and Max Middleton (keyboards). Snowy is now touring with this band to promote the album. A DVD, «The Way It Is - Live» was released in 2005

American Dream (@ YouTube

From April to October 2006 Snowy toured Europe and America with Roger Waters.

After this he played some shows in the UK and Europe with his band The White Flames.

In November 2006 he spent a week in a studio in Rotterdam puttting down tracks for the White Flames new studio album.

April to June 2008 Snowy toured again with Roger Waters. He also performed with Roger Waters at Live Eart.


Snowy White has formed a new band in the Autumn of 2008 named The Snowy White Blues Project. Snowy White Blues Project album «In Our Time of Living» will be released on the 20th April 2009.

The band features

Snowy White:(guitar & vocals) a longside

Matt Taylor: (guitar & vocals),

Ruud Weber: (bass & vocals) and

Juan van Emmerloot: (drums).


In April 2009 the band started in Greece their first Europe tour.

Red Wine Blues
(@ YouTube)

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