Image: W W Thaler - H Weber, Hildesheim / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
Did I reach folk music via the blues or the other way round? I think it was the former; you'd go to folk clubs to hear people playing Dylan and the blues and then find yourself introduced to the traditional music of the British Isles and beyond. I was quickly hooked without losing affection for what had taken me into those smoke-filled, North-eastern pub function rooms in the first place.
Peter Green, the founder of Fleetwood Mac who has just died aged 73, was one of the musicians who inspired me back then.
I cannot overstate how important those British bluesmen were in the development of musical tastes that have remained with me for more than half a century.
Like Green, I grew up on conventional pop and rock - his own early inspiration was the Shadows' Hank Marvin - but came to find it unsatisfying.