Sounds of the Deep South - Dr Phil

  • Friday, 15 February19:30

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Evocative and revealing music from the Deep South, with an engaging and informative narrative.

Dr-Phil’s journey of musical discovery began in Liverpool around 1950 as he listened to his mother playing stride piano at Saturday night parties in his house.

A critical event was when Dr Phil first heard Lonnie Donegan’s Rock Island Line in 1955. He remembers immediately putting a guitar on his Christmas list; there was no going back.

He was soon seeking out early jazz and American folk and blues music and he began to trace the musicians behind this remarkable music. Their names fascinated and excited him. Names like, Woody Guthrie, Peg Leg Howell, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Blind Boy Fuller; there was so much to learn and so much music to hear! A further ‘light bulb’ moment occurred when he heard Mississippi John Hurt’s Stack O’Lee Blues.

Dr-Phil has spent over 60 years pursuing, locating and absorbing everything he could about this great music. He has toured all over the Southern States of America on several pilgrimages to discover more about the old blues and jazz musicians and the lives they led. It resulted in him researching the life and music of one of his favourite blues and ragtime musicians. Dr Phil’s biography, ‘Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues,’ was published in 2011. Dr Phil also produced and broadcasted a radio programme called Sounds of the South.

His presentation charts his lifetime journey with numerous visual and audio examples of his discoveries, including playing actual early rare 78 rpm records on a 1920s Victrola Phonograph, along with his own performances of some of the musical styles and tunes.

It weaves the story of the musicians and the music; blues, work songs, gospel and country music, from its early beginnings in New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta up to the more recent development of rock ‘n’ roll.

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  • Friday, 15 February19:30

£12, £10, U18's Free

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