Gig: Leo ‘Bud’ Welch – ‘Goin’ Up The Country’ at Worthenbury Village Hall: Friday, 5th September
Posted on: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
Doors 7.30 for 8.30 show
From Pete Evans:
At long last I can confirm that we have been able to book 82 year old Leo for one of only two UK gigs. This wonderful old gentleman has been playing the blues and gospel since he was 15 years old and is a throw back to the days of the Mississippi delta when old blues men played on dusty old street corners for nickels and dimes.
It was a time of repression, cotton plantations, Jim Crow and many of the unsavoury aspects of being an African/American. However, it was at the Juke Joints, all over the Delta in those days, that the workers would enjoy themselves on a Saturday night with corn liquor, moonshine and fried fish listening and dancing to musicians like Leo.
He was recently discovered having played gospel in his church for 50+ years and recorded by the people at Fat Possum Records and has since become in very big demand in the USA appearing on main time tv and many of the prestigious festivals and so we are unbelievably lucky to have him appear for us.
This may be the last opportunity any of us may have to experience this truest of raw authentic blues played by this lovely man accompanied by his drummer Christina “Dixie ” Street ; for a couple of hours, you will be in a time warp.
There will be much demand for tickets at £15 so get back to me asap.