Gig: ZZ Birmingham – Blues on the Rock, New Brighton – 10 May 2009
Posted on: Saturday, May 9, 2009
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The enigmatic Z Z Birmingham is the special guest of resident duo Blue C at Blues On The Rock on Sunday afternoon, May 10.
Z Z is travelling up from the south-west of England for an exclusive date at the blues club at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton. But he is no stranger to the Wirral. He was actually brought up there and made his performing debut at the old Black Horse Folk Club in West Kirby in the early 60s.
He lived in Derby for many years, from where he and his band made regular forays to the Burnley and Colne blues festivals where they became firm favourites.
Blueprint magazine wrote: “Possibly the most pleasant gig of the entire Burnley Blues Festival . . . Z Z Birmingham has an engaging stage prersence which immediately communicates itself to an audience.”
And Folk Roots said: “Z Z rattles and moans like a freight train with its cow catcher come loose.”
With guitar and harmonica as his main instruments, expect songs, ballads, harmonica breakdowns, stories and chat from the highly-regarded travelling bluesman.
And in the popular Talkin’ Blues segment, Z Z may reveal his true identity and more of his Wirral roots.
That’s Blue C present Z Z Birmingham, Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, 1pm-4pm, Sunday, May 10, admission £4 which includes entry to the fort’s fascinating museum.
As usual, the message is to get there on time if you want a seat as seating is limited.
More details, www.myspace.com/bluecblues or 0151 709 5484.
Flickr photo Max Molyneaux