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The blues musician and academic, Dr Tom Attah, talks about the history of blues in Britain, with music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White and many more.

The blues musician and academic - Dr Tom Attah - talks about the fascinating history of blues in Britain, with music from the likes of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Bill Broonzy and Josh White, charting the celebrated tours that American blues musicians made through the UK in the 1950s and 60s which helped bring about the British blues boom of the 1960s.

Plus, Cerys digs into her collection to play a selection of favourites as well as the latest releases.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • The Allman Brothers Band

    Can't Lose What You Never Had

    • Win, Lose or Draw.
    • Capricorn.
  • Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

    The Midnight Special

    • Cripple Creek.
    • Not Now Music.
  • Mahalia Jackson

    I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song

  • Blind Boy Paxton

    Massa Am A Stingy Man

    • Recorded Music for Your Entertainment.
    • Blind Boy Records.
  • Dave Kelly

    Hoodoo Lady

    • When The Blues Come To Call.
    • Hypertension Music.
  • Josh White

    Hard Time Blues

  • Big Bill Broonzy

    Hey Hey

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Didn't It Rain (Recorded Live At the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1957)

    • The Blues Legacy: Lost & Found Series, Vol. 1 (Chris Barber Presents) [Live].
    • Pinnacle.
  • Errol Blues Dadde Linton

    Packin' My Bags

    • Packing My Bags.
    • Brassdog Records.
  • Tom Attah

    Thinking Blues

    • The Living Bluesman EP.
  • Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco

    Everyday I Have The Blues

    • You're Driving Me Crazy.
    • Legacy.
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

    Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

    • Raising Sand.
    • Decca.
  • Boozoo Chavis

    La Poule Pend P'us (The Hen Won't Lay)

    • Down Home on Dog Hill.
    • Rounder Records.

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