Chinese blues set to rock Sheffield City Hall

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Blue is the colour for a special community music festival in Sheffield this weekend.

China’s foremost blues artists will be joining leading British performers on the stage of Sheffield City Hall on Saturday as part of the OISOI music festival, a new cross-cultural community event organised by Tai Sun Oriental Group.

Jay Wang, Tai Sun director, says: “The event is meant to create a platform for musical and cultural interaction.

“These musicians are among the best, both in China and the UK. It will be a very exciting blues and jazz night for the audience to enjoy, and hopefully the OISOI Music Festival will become an annual event.”

Artists include ‘Big John’ – musician, singer and songwriter Zhang Ling,

Formerly the bassist in the band of China’s most famous rock star Cui Jian, he later became known as China’s ‘godfather of blues’.

He started introducing the genre to Chinese audiences and his song ‘Drinking Blues’ became an instant hit.

Also appearing will be Li Qi, who came to international attention through the TV programme The Voice of China in August 2014.

And representing Britain will be The Trevor Sewell Band – described by famous record producer Stuart Epps as ‘a brilliant musician with a fresh approach to the blues’.

Doors open at 6pm before the show starts at 7pm. For tickets, priced from £10, visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

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