Floodstock artists follow in some giant steps

T. J. Norton, picture by Andrew Huyton Photography
T. J. Norton, picture by Andrew Huyton Photography

WHEN blues artists take to the stage for this weekend’s Floodstock concert, they will be following in a great tradition.

The concert, on Saturday, September 1, at Mytholmroyd Community Centre (doors open 4.30pm) features nationally known up and coming blues stars, including the Calder Valley’s own award-nominated Hooson,

Rabbitfoot, the Paddy Mguire Band, TJ Norton and Tom Attah complete a top class bill of musicians who are travelling from all over the country to lend their support to those who have suffered flooding this summer, giving their services for free.

And it is somehow fitting that blues musicians are involved in the fundraising efforts, as they will be following in some giant footsteps.

Following the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, a catastrophe which devastated the areas where many of of the original bluesmen and women and their families lived and worked, they were inspired to write about the effect it had on their livestheir communities, including some classics of the blues music genre that are repertoire staples to this day.

Charley Patton wrote High Water Everywhere while Barbecue Bob penned the Mississippi Heavy Water Blues. More recently highly-rated modern bluesman Eric Bibb wrote Flood Water, echoing the event.

Perhaps most famously Memphis Minnie wrote When The Levee Breaks, which reached an audience of millions when rock giants Led Zeppelin recorded their version of it for their multi-million selling album Led Zeppelin IV.

There are still some £9 tickets available for the Floodstock show, available from from Flying Saucers in New Road, Hebden Bridge (next to the marina), Hanuman Thai in Water Street,Todmorden, and Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Local brewers have also brewed a special beer, Slightly Flooded, from which all profits, as well the money raised from ticket sales, will go to the appeal,.