The 100 Club is the home of the annual London Blues Week. In the past, London Blues Week has seen acts such as Joe Louis Walker, Bernie Marsden and more.
Now in its third year, London Blues Week 2019 will provide another six nights of pure blues. This year sees a fantastic line up of live Blues music including Mud Morganfield, Sharrie Williams and Sugaray Rayford. In addition, London Blues Week will see Kim Wilson, Chantel McGregor and loads more.
Chantel McGregor (Monday 14th January)
A female guitar prodigy. Chantel became the first student at the Leeds College of Music ever to achieve a 100% pass mark at BTEC, with 18 distinctions. After releasing her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, in October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music. This was the beginning before leading the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut album, Like No Other.
After years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel returned with a vengeance with new songs. These only salute contemporary rock; they show her gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences.
Chantel McGregor will perform at London Blues Week on Monday 14th January.
Kim Wilson (Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th January)
Harmonica player, songwriter, and singer Kim Wilson is as much a student and historian of classic blues as he is one of the U.S.’s top harmonica players. Simply put, Wilson has taste; when he enters the recording studio, he has a clear vision of what he wants his next record to sound like. Aside from all this, he’s also an extremely hard worker and a major road hog, spending upwards of 200 nights a year on the road, playing festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe with his own Kim Wilson band and leading the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Kim Wilson will perform at London Blues Week on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th January.
Sugaray Rayford (Thursday 17th January)
Rayford was born in Smith County, Texas, United States, and sang at the age of seven in the Bethel Temple Church of God In Christ in Tyler, Texas.
His first solo album was Blind Alley, a self-released affair in 2010. In May 2011, Rayford joined The Mannish Boys. He sang lead vocals on nine of the songs on their album, Double Dynamite, that won the Best Traditional Blues Album title in May 2013 at the Blues Music Awards. In May 2012, Rayford made his stage debut starring in the Tony Award nominated musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues at the Portland Center Stage. After relocating to Los Angeles, he undertook recording studio vocal work, including on the theme for Judge Joe Brown, the movie trailer City Lights and backup vocals for The Heavy Pets.
Dangerous on Delta Groove Productions followed in 2013, and supporting Sugaray were guest performers including Kim Wilson, Kid Andersen, and Sugar Ray Norcia. Norcia wrote a duet for the album, called “Two Times Sugar”. The album debuted at number 2 on Blues Debut Chart, number 6 on the Roots Music Chart and number 2 on The Living Blues Chart. In October 2013, Rayford toured with Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes.
Sugaray Rayford will perform at London Blues Week on Thursday 17th January.
Three time Blues Music Award nominee and 2012 Blues Album of the Year award winner from L’Academie du Jazz, Sharrie Williams was born and raised in the Daniel Heights projects of Saginaw, Michigan. Sharrie began singing in the church choir at the age of six, and by the time she was 12 she had begun touring and recording with the Greater Williams Temple church choir. Under the choir directorship of Hubert J. Williams, Sharrie performed and recorded with Shirley Caesar, The Winans, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, and the Reverend James Cleveland.
Sharrie has given great and unforgettable performances at blues festivals and clubs throughout the world and has collaborated and appeared with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry McCray, Sugar Blue, Bobby Bland, Walter Trout, Johnny Taylor, and Joanna Connor, just to name a few. Her influences include Koko Taylor, Etta James, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, and the legendary Billie Holiday–each of whom have helped shape her unique style.
Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys continue to tour and have expanded their mission to include Poland, Austria, The United Emirates, Demark, Finland, Qatar, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Georgia, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Tunisia, and 20 other countries. Sharrie’s desire is to take her Rockin’ Gospel Blues to every country and every nation; there’s no stopping this princess!
Sharrie Williams will perform at London Blues Week on Friday 18th January.
Mud Morganfield (Saturday 19th January)
Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of blues great McKinley Morganfield, (otherwise known as Muddy Waters.)
Possessing a baritone voice very much like his father’s, Morganfield made up for lost time. Quickly cutting his teeth in the south-side Chicago clubs, he was soon a popular draw on the blues circuit; he mixed both original songs and Muddy Waters classics into his live sets. Morganfield describes the resemblance of his voice to that of his father’s voice as a double edged sword.
Morganfield says, “I started to sing to show the world that dad left me here. I love and am proud to sing his songs just like I love and will always be proud of him. I’m not Muddy Waters and I’m certainly not trying to be Muddy Waters. I’m Mud Morganfield. However, It means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world.”
Mud Morganfield will perform at London Blues Week on Saturday 19th January.You can get more information and tickets to London Blues Week here: https://www.londonbluesweek.com/