MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE: Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe | Friday 26 January

Nationally acclaimed musicians celebrate the great blues singer Bessie Smith in a narrated music show.


Bessie Smith promo Dawn Fletcher-Park

Bessie Smith (1894 –  1937) was an American blues singer. Known as the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. In this show, Bessie Smith (played by Julia Titus) and her band, perform alongside narration. It features authentic music from the era, including many of Bessie’s songs.

Bessie’s Blues troupe is made up from internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on guitar, Richard Sadler on upright bass, with a special horn section.  The production chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, through to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 which resulted in her untimely death aged 43 years.

Bessie Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.



MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE: Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe

£6 advance, £8 on the door

Doors open at 1930


Seating is unallocated

Tickets are available online above or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone

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