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Date: Fri 24 November
Time: 7:30pm to 10:05pm
Venue: Anthony Minghella Theatre
Rediscover the genius of blues masters Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, as Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi bring you an evening inspired by these two musical greats.
Guy Davis (USA) has had his musical storytelling influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, and his musicality from artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji. However, there’s one man that Guy most credits for his harmonica techniques, by stealing and crediting from him everything that he could, and that man is the legendary Sonny Terry.
Guy’s new album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry” is a homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world. One such artist is the Italian harmonica ace, Fabrizio Poggi, who collaborates with and produced this recording.
Recorded in the summer of 2016 in Milan, the album features the original, title track song written by Guy Davis, songs by both Sonny and Brownie, as well as songs known to have been recorded and performed by the famed duo written by their contemporaries, such as Libba Cotton and Leadbelly.
Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An ambassador of the blues”. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted.
Support comes from ‘Red Sqwrl’. Indigenous to the Island, Red Sqwrl are a Country Blues string band with a laid back Café Orchestra style who perform traditional and original material steeped in the music from the era of jug-bands, Memphis Minnie, the ragtime & blues of Blind Boy Fuller, Fred McDowell and others.
Red Sqwrl are: Clive Thomas (guitar, vocals), Becky Haydock/Ben Johnson (violin), Tim Hollis (bass),
Dave Hollis (harmonica), Joe Wolton (drums/percussion/cajon).