THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES
Performs her very favourite songs of all time
From the classic eras of jazz, blues & soul
8th-12th & 15th-19th January 2018
PRESS COMMENTS ABOUT REBECCA FERGUSON
“In the same league as Aretha Franklin” The Telegraph
“ Rich, tender, soulful…with sass and feeling''
The Telegraph review of her tribute Album to Billie Holiday The Lady Sings the Blues
“Her talent is undeniable”, The Guardian
Rebecca Ferguson has had an astonishing career securing her position as one of the world’s most successful vocalists and song writers. Her four chart topping albums include a stunning tribute to Billie Holliday “Lady Sings the Blues” which was met with rapturous critical acclaim. She is also famous for turning down Donald Trump’s request for her to sing at his Presidential Inauguration by agreeing to do so only if she could sing Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit,” a remarkably soulful, beautiful and poignant protest song against American racism written in 1937.
In this relaxed, intimate two week residency, at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Rebecca will be sharing the inspiration she has enjoyed from her favourite songs and artists from the golden age of vinyl. Her iconic song selection will include:
Hit the Road Jack
Mad About the Boy
Fine and Mellow Blues
I Gotta Woman
Change Is Gonna Come
I Can't Stand the Rain
Ain't That a Shame
The best of Rebecca’s live performances of her very favourite songs at Boisdale over the two-week residency will to be released on a limited edition vinyl in 2018 click here for more information.
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MESSAGE FROM REBECCA FERGUSON
“ I want to recreate the atmosphere of the old jazz clubs where people could sit and eat in comfort and style and had the opportunity afterwards of enjoying a close and intimate setting with the performing artists. They told their story and the audience would listen. The plan is to record the evenings onto vinyl, so the audience will be a part of the recording. With the new digital age now upon us I wanted to make something for posterity that people can hold onto that is classic and timeless.”
“ The artists that inspired me to sing, like Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, and Aretha Franklin, in my opinion remain the greatest recording artists of all time. I fear we will never see their likes again, but thankfully their music will live on. More often than not behind the artists were the songwriters whose genius created the music and lyrics. I would also like to honour and remember these songwriters, like Hoagie Carmichael, who wrote “Georgia on my mind” in 1930 which Ray Charles made his own in 1960! Occasionally the artist and the songwriters were one and the same, which is amazing! Brilliant examples are my absolute heroes Sam Cook and Otis Reading. This is my personal and humble tribute to my favourite singers and songwriters of all time. The challenge for me is how to interpret these classics with respect while keeping them fresh. I can’t wait, it’s going to be a lot of fun!” Rebecca Ferguson