Creative Industries Festival: Women in Blues

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Women in Blues

Who this event is for

  • Everyone




Continuing our celebration of the Paul Oliver Blues Archive at Brookes we focus on the experience of female blues artists, often marginalised in blues narratives. We welcome two featured blues artists, Dana Gillespie and Debbie Bond, to reflect on their ongoing careers as touring musicians and the influences that have shaped their musical directions.
Dana’s extraordinary career takes in international success in the blues, as well as rock musicals and movie roles, having recorded 73 albums since the mid-60s! She is a writer and producer whose recent autobiography Weren’t Born a Man reveals her incredible role in the history of British blues and rock music culture
Debbie, is an American singer, guitar player and songwriter currently enjoying great success with her Alabama-based band. She has contributed to educational projects about women in blues and Alabama blues culture, having worked with great blues artists ranging from Johnny Shines and Sam Lay to Lea Gilmore.
Debbie Bond has a 2022 UK tour booked which can be found here. She is the founder of the Alabama Blues Project, an award winning non profit, the mission of which is to promote and preserve the state's blues heritage. 
This session is part of the Creative Industries Festival organised by the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network.