Gig: Paul Rishell and Annie Raines

Posted on: Saturday, Aug 4, 2007


UPDATED AGAIN ON 31 aug 2007

Unfortunately the tour has been cancelled.

W.C. Handy Award (now known as the Blues Music Awards) winners Paul Rishell and Annie Raines are on the road touring the UK in October and November.

They have two dates in the northwest – see below for details.

Paul Rishell studied the National Steel guitar playing alongside blues masters Son House and Howlin’ Wolf. He is now considered a master player and teacher of all prewar blues guitar styles. His signature voice speaks of joy, pain and ultimately the triumph of soul and spirit. Annie Raines is the world’s only female blues harmonica virtuoso. She also sings, writes songs, plays mandolin and piano.
Paul and Annie play an amazing range of acoustic and electric traditional and original music including old-time country blues, terrifying slide guitar and harmonica moans, driving Chicago blues and haunting gospel ballads. They have appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and have recorded and performed with John Sebastian, Rory Block, Pinetop Perkins, and Susan Tedeschi.
The duo has released three critically acclaimed albums together. Moving To The Country won the 2000 W.C. Handy Award for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year and their latest release, Goin’ Home, was a 2005 nominee for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year.

Here are the UK dates…..

  • Wed 10/10 Bishops Stortford, UK The Half Moon
  • Mon 10/15 Lydney, UK The Miners Arms
  • Tue 10/16 Crawley, UK The Hawth
  • Fri 10/19 Worthenbury, UK, Goin’ Up The Country
  • Wed 10/24 Sutton Coldfield, UK The Station Pub
  • Thu 10/25 Barnstaple, UK Queen’s Theatre
  • Fri 10/26 Oxford, UK The X
  • Sat 10/27 Bristol, UK Harmonica 2007 Festival
  • Sun 10/28 Bristol, UK The Mayor’s Arms
  • Thur 11/1 Cockermouth, UK The Fletcher Christian
  • Fri 11/2 Keighley, UK Bronte Blues Club
  • Fri 11/16 Luxembourg City, LX Sang & Klang



July 31st, 2007 at 22:31
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I think their is a Worthenbury date as well – is that right Pete?


Pete Evans

August 2nd, 2007 at 23:33
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Certainly is Gra – Friday October 19th – nearest gig for the region.
By the way , go on Hooker’s website to catch a superb film of Harper and his band playing SBW’s Help Me last friday.



August 3rd, 2007 at 09:08
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Excellent Pete – thanks for the update.

I’ll amend the gig calendar and the post later this weekend.

I’ll also be checking out the Harper film.