Date(s) - 01/09/2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre
“The best rhythm and blues band in the country.” – Jack Bruce
“A richly-deserved recognition of a lifetime devoted to the music.”–Paul Jones
In January 2017 Manchester native Norman Beaker became only one of eight 20th-century British artists to be officially recognised and inducted as a Legend in the American Heritage Society’s Blues Hall of Fame®, alongside Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
It was a long-overdue honour not only to a man who’s loyally served the genre for several decades, but to the land and town of his birth as well, and never more honestly earned. His legendary status should come as no surprise; Norman is one of those very first artists who with such iconic colleagues as Alexis Korner and Graham Bond helped to create the unique British Blues, R&B and Rock sound that captivated the world.
Norman kept its signature sound alive throughout his distinguished career, whether playing solo or with a Who’s Who of blues, soul and rock from both sides of the Atlantic, including Chuck Berry, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, Ruby Turner, and B.B. King.
Staying true to the roots of British blues only served to keep Norman and his band of Manchester’s finest cutting-edge and contemporary while keeping the original sound of the first UK blues clubs alive.
There weren’t many of these gifted first and finest who defined the British Blues genre…and now sadly there are even fewer still. Of these rare national treasures who still remain, none serve the music more faithfully than Norman Beaker, whose guitar, voice and original songs are as fresh and powerful as when he first began in the Northern clubs of the ’60’s…and continue as ageless and enduring as his home city itself.
Norman Beaker Legend Exhibit: Blues Hall of Fame}®
About the Venue:
Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre is a classic acoustic based arts centre based in the heart of the Pendle Hills in Lancashire.
Among those who’ve performed or will perform in the coming year, are Big Country, Fairport Convention, The Strawbs, Matthews’ Southern Comfort, Eric Sardinas, From The Jam, Chris Farlowe, Lil Jimmy Reed, Popa Chubby, David Knopfler and many more.
About Mama Bear Enterprises Ltd:
Mama Bear Enterprises Ltd is an international agency/publicity/promotion firm representing Classic R&B and Blues artists as respected for their work ethic and their long service to music as for their celebrated talent. Mama Bear has booked Blues Hall of Fame® British Legend Norman Beaker with his Norman Beaker Band; Steve Ellis (original voice of The Love Affair), as well as Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame artist Larry Garner, in festivals, theatres, culture centres and clubs in England, Wales, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Time, care, commitment to quality, and cooperation with musicians, promoters and public alike have earned MBE a respected reputation for ensuring that every event is a memorable success.