- 12 Sep 18
New theatre production, Ladies in the Blues, premiered to two sold-out audiences in March 2017 and is set to play venues across the country this winter.
On Valentine's day 1920 Mamie Smith took the mic in The Okeh Company in New York and shouted out "That Thing Called Love", and opened up the door to a generation of 'Classic Blues' vocalists including Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter and many more. Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these women and charts women's role in the evolution of blues music.
The live music show features Clara Rose, who recently toured with the great Don Baker, Bray native, Emma Nicolai, Jhil Quin on washboard and vocals and introduces singer/songwriter Grainne Hunt. The show's house band includes Ed Deane on guitar, James Delaney on keys, Eoghan O'Neill on bass and Kevin Malone on drums. The band have performed on world stages and have released a single from the show, 'Jelly Roll'. The album Ladies in the Blues Live is out now.
The show has garnered much critical acclaim since its premiere last March. Since then it went on to sell out the Mermaid Theatre, Wicklow, become the hit of Cork Jazz festival and play at the Townhall Theatre Galway in May.