BLUESIN' it up, Long John Baldry.
photo: Courtesy of Urban World
LONG John Baldry, the European blues legend, will arrive in Bratislava on October 7 to blues it up with Butch Coulter and Dick Bird at Petržalka's Klub Za Zrkadlom.
In the early 1960s Baldry was the foremost British folk-blues singer of his day. His voice was central to the sound of Blues Incorporated, a band formed around the British blues "godfather" Alexis Korner. This was the prevalent scene that inspired such cult figures as Mick Jagger, Jack Bruce, Robert Plant, and Cyril Davies and the All Stars.
Baldry's solo career also took off, topping the British charts with his single Let the Heartaches Begin, and appearing with The Beatles on TV specials. Despite the commercial success that came with pop fame, Baldry returned to his musical roots, the blues.
In 1980 he moved to Canada where he became a respected bluesman, frequently touring around the world. The Toronto Blues Society awarded him a lifelong achievement award for his contribution to the blues and he was recognised by the Manitoba Blues Society for revitalising the genre.
Baldry also holds Juno Awards, and has recorded six albums. His latest, Remembering Leadbelly, is dedicated to Huddie Ledbetter, the legendary musician who had an inordinate influence on the blues-folk scene.
At the Bratislava concert, Baldry will be joined by leading blues harp player and guitarist Butch Coulter from Canada, and master of the steel "dobro" guitar Dick Bird, from London. The concert starts at 20:00, October 7, at Bratislava's Klub Za Zrkadlom, on Rovniankova 13 (Petržalka district). Tickets cost Sk120 and Sk150.
Prepared from press release
4. Oct 2004 at 0:00