In their first St Ives Guildhall concert on March 22, The Producers showcased the contemporary manifestation of a musical tradition that traces its roots back more than a century and a half, more than four thousand miles away and to a world far from our experience. But, whether distance, time or culture, the Blues travels well.
From the southern USA to that country’s northern cities, it was the music of the underdog: chronicling life, love, sex, betrayal, hardship and death in the Afro-American experience. Given that past, it’s a miracle that the Blues ever broke free of its origins; but it did and we’re eternally grateful for that.
Britain, in particular, took to the music and the 1960s, alongside the ‘pop music’ revolution, also spawned a thriving and creative Blues scene.