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Sheringham’s Little Theatre prepares for a fun day with the help of the Blues!
‘Diggin’ the Blues by the Roots’ will present a unique opportunity at Sheringham’s Little Theatre to enjoy an afternoon musical journey with highly acclaimed trio the Spikedrivers, followed by an evening concert which will also feature their special guests Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke
“The blues are the roots, everything else is the fruits” - Willie Dixon’s famous quote captures perfectly and poetically the immense influence the Blues has had, but where does the Blues come from? …With this quote in mind, the Spikedrivers’ workshop will begin with a brief history of the blues, and with the use of archive sound recordings, everyone will really feel the atmosphere of the past. Sounds such as a chain gang singing as they swing their nine-pound hammers, the contagious beat of the fife and drum music from Northern Mississippi, and the powerful sound of gospel singing from a Southern Baptist church in full flow.
They will discuss the origins of the instruments, and using examples, show how much of early Blues was performed on instruments made from everyday household objects like the washboard. Also they will show the audience how you can make a drum out of a packing crate, and how a bit of wire and a plank of wood can become a Diddly-Bow, a single string instrument that developed into the slide guitar style that is known and loved in today’s rock and blues music as well as contemporary country music.
The band will also demonstrate what it is that makes people want to get up and dance, jump and shout and sway side to side? The Spikedrivers demonstrate many of the different rhythms found in Blues and they will explain what a shuffle, a two-step and a boogie-woogie sound like, and what makes the music swing. As the workshop develops, the band will get everyone to participate as much as possible which will range from simply clapping along or playing various percussion items and train whistles, to singing and playing their own instruments (all levels will be welcome).
Most importantly the Spikedrivers will want everybody to get involved, be inspired and have a great time, so that everyone will come away with a better understanding of the Blues, and an appreciation of how to really listen and create music. The band will be keen to point out that their workshops are not only for musicians at all levels but also for music fans alike.
An evening show will then feature the Spikedrivers in their concert format along with their special guests Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke, who will also give two free performances in ‘The Hub’ during the day. Both of these acts are top names on the UK Blues scene and this special event looks set to be a sure-fire winner with not only hard core blues fans, but newcomers to the genre alike.
‘Diggin’ the Blues by the Roots’
Sunday 19th March 2017
Sheringham Little Theatre
2, Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RE
Workshop 2.00pm onwards – Concert 7.30pm onwards
Workshop only £5.00
Concert only £12.50
Both events £15.00
Box office 01263 822347
Performances in the Hub with Fran McGillivary and Mike Burke – Noon and 5.00pm (Free Admission)
Event produced by Scott Butler at Deckchair Productions
07854 132099 – 01263 579715