PERRY FOSTER

THU 10 APR 2003 ~ £5.00

Following appearances by international artists A.G. & Kate from Holland and Ruth Wyand from the USA, the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club bring a top British performer Perry Foster to the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa on Thursday 10th April.

Perry developed a fascination for the blues back in the 50's after hearing Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy and Terry and McGee on the radio at the tender age of 12.

An immediate thirst for Delta Blues followed, with Foster joining the London blues clique in the 1960's. He played with the likes of Howling Wolf, Rev. Gary Davis and Sleepy John Estes, and even acted as minder (and clothes buyer) for the legendary blues musician Sonny Boy Williamson who gave him a 12-hole Hohner harmonica which Perry still uses in uses in his live shows today.

Perry Foster's place in the annals of blues history is without precedence. As well as playing with the greats, Perry has encouraged young musicians and singers over the years, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant recalls "I was turned onto the blues by a guy named Perry Foster", Plant was a member of Foster's Delta Blues Band, as was keyboard player Chris Wood who went on to play in another great band Traffic. More recently he encouraged Connie Lush to sing the blues, she went on to be voted British Female Blues Singer of the Year on 5 occasions! Foster and Robert Plant recently teamed up again, Perry supporting Plant's modern day band on a national tour.

Universally recognised as one of the finest home-grown, authentic blues merchants England has ever produced, Foster's sound today is as true to its Louisiana, Texan and Mississippi roots as it was when he was mixing it with the legendary elders of the genre.

A regular at numerous blues festivals, including Burnley where Perry starred in a TV documentary about the Lancashire Festival, and the Great British Rhythm'n'Blues Festival at Colne where he has for many years organised events on the acoustic stage.

One of the true characters of the British music scene, Foster's appetite for the blues has been undiminished by time, with his gritty, bluesy voice and driving slide work on 12-string and resonator guitar memories of the good and great bluesmen of a bygone era will be conjured up at the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa, tickets for what promises to be both a memorable and unique experience are priced at £5.00 (accompanied children U16 free) can be booked in advance by tel. 01526 343989. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door, doors open at 8 p.m. with the concert starting at approx. 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 10th April.