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.

www.hookerblues.co.uk/gigs.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r8iOGAHMIE

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Pete Evans

August 21st, 2014 at 17:53
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Leo at the amazing Red’s Lounge. This place is one of the last of the original juke joints and is a must for anyone wanting to experience the real blues. We hope we can reproduce that atmosphere to a little extent at Worthenbury though unlike Red, I won’t be reminding the fans about the tip bucket ( at the end of the clip, Red is the big Fellah with the sunglasses!) hope lots of you will come to the gig.

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Ken

August 23rd, 2014 at 14:09
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If you were to replicate the true Red’s experience, you’d have to make the ceiling leak and string polythene up for the reain drops.

Also eveything would be “i-doll”

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Pete Evans

August 24th, 2014 at 22:29
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Good point Ken. I’ll see what the village hall committee can organise. I’ll train Brenda and Eric behind the bar to say to say “Feye dolla!” for a beer. I’ll drag a few moth eaten sofas in as well and get the toilet to list at 30 degrees!!

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Ken

August 25th, 2014 at 09:29
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You’ve got to get in a few hairy arsed old hippies too for the full effect.