World class Blues at The Atkinson

World class Blues at The Atkinson

This March, The Atkinson welcomes international Blues musicians Erja Lyytinen and Lil’ Jimmy Reed & The ‘A’ Team. The concerts take place as part of the BBC 6 Music Fringe Festival.

Erja Lyytinen
Friday 29 March, 8pm, £10 advance / £12 doors

Erja Lyytinen is a blues singer/songwriter and slide guitarist who plays over 100 shows every year and releases albums through her label Tuohi Records.

After her latest Stolen Hearts album, which was mixed by Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey, she performed on the Finnish TV show “Stars Stars” for millions on TV and is building a career that has taken her to perform together with Sonny Landreth among others.

In November 2017 Erja won the European Blues Award for “Best Guitarist” and was voted the 7th best blues guitarist in a poll of The Music Radar. In June 2018 she opened for Santana at their show in Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park.

Lil’ Jimmy Reed & The ‘A’ Team
Saturday 30 March, 8pm, £14

From shot-gun shack and cotton-field to festival main stage, the prodigious talents of Lil’ Jimmy Reed have taken him a long way from the Mississippi river.

One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking Europe by storm.

His music has won him many awards and in 2014 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He is accompanied by the ‘A’ Team, comprising pianist Bob Hall, widely regarded as the UK’s finest blues and boogie exponent, and diminutive dynamo Hilary Blythe on bass.

Click here to see our full blues listing here.

These events are part of the BBC 6 Music Fringe Festival.

Posted on 7 March 2019 under General news

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