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The Midlands

Perry Foster at The Lamb, West Malvern
Saturday 30th October 2004

Over the border and into Worcestershire we were drawn to West Malvern and The Lamb in particular, where Black Country born but now Worcester based early bluesman Perry Foster was making a guest appearance. Alan White (long lost school mate located after 35 years) and I, with our wives, made it just before the start of this spectacular show.

Drawing on material from the likes of: - Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Wilkins, Sleepy John Estes, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry, Bukka White, Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Robert Petway and Mississippi Fred McDowell you begin to appreciate what a special event this was. Perry played guitar, 12 string guitar, Dobro (all in traditional and slide styles) and harp (including one given to him by harp genius Rice Miller back in the early 60’s).

Perry’s strong earthy voiced version of Travelling Blues by Blind Willie McTell was masterful if not reminiscent of a version heard at this year’s Colne R & B Festival by little known Englishman called Johnny Ace, but that’s another story.

Steve Wosket

















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