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Blues singer Stevey Hay dies from sudden heart attack

Stevey Hay (left) with band member Neil Warden
Image caption Stevey Hay (left) with band member Neil Warden

The lead singer of a band due to headline alongside Muddy Waters' son at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has died suddenly from a heart attack.

Stevey Hay of the Stevey Hay's Shades of Blue band passed away on Wednesday.

The Edinburgh musician, who was much respected by the late Blues singer Tam White, had also toured as harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite's guitarist.

Tributes have been flooding in on his band's Facebook page from "shocked" fans.

His band members, Neil Warden, Paul Manson and Dave Swanson, posted a message on their official Facebook page: "Stevey Hay died suddenly from a heart attack during the night.

"Another great Scottish blues man no longer around...gutted. Our thoughts are with his family."

Roger Spence, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival producer, said: "We were shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Stevey Hay.

"He was a much-loved regular performer at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and was due to play in a headline show alongside Muddy Waters' son in the festival this year.

"His unique brand of rocking, good-times blues will be a huge loss, not just to the festival, but to the blues world as a whole."

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