Saturday 1st April
Blues - Big Joe Louis

Big Joe Louis is a big name in British Blues, a fine singer and guitarist who has got a great band around him and has toured all over the world, playing down-home 50’s Chicago-style blues with a little touch of early Memphis rock ‘n’ roll. Big Joe is a big character with a fine voice and an interesting taste in shirts who was born in the Caribbean; he often pines for his home country in mostly self-penned songs like Down Jamaica Way.

A few press cuttings suggest that the Pelham Arms have bagged a real coup in getting Big Joe down to Lewes. “I’ve lost my head over the blues talent of Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings… the very best you will hear on this planet,” raved US mag Blue Suede News when Joe and his band toured the States a couple of years ago. Back home it’s much the same. “Their performance was equal - if not superior - to anything their US counterparts have produced. The ensemble textures were authentically rich, the rhythm section uplifting and the solos - vocal and instrumental – impassioned,” gushed the Manchester Evening News. "Judging by the way they sound here, any forthcoming dates should be copiously attended. Go in your thousands, every one of you!" said Folk Roots, enigmatically. Lewes is rising fast as a premiere Blues destination. How long till we host an annual Blues festival?

Slide show: Big Joe (foreground) with Little George Sueref
Pelham Arms, High Street, Lewes
When? 8.30pm
How Much? Free
Big Joe Louis
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The Pelham Arms
(t) 01273 476149