Whole lotta blues going on with Cherry Lee and her band

Laxey Blues Festival at the Laxey Pavillion.'Cherry Lee Mewis performs on stage.
Laxey Blues Festival at the Laxey Pavillion.'Cherry Lee Mewis performs on stage.
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Cherry Lee Mewis Band, The Greystones

Not a tribute act to Jerry Lee, but a five-foot powerhouse singer-songwriter who is rapidly making a name for herself.

Famous fans include Imelda May and Seasick Steve and she is described as having a voice with shades of Janis Joplin and Jo Ann Kelly.

Expect a mix of blues, skiffle, jazz and rock ’n’ roll when the band play at the pub on Greystones Road, Sheffield tomorrow night.

Cherry and her band were last year featured as the artists in session on Paul Jones’ BBC Radio 2 show.

They were invited to record four tracks at the famous Maida Vale Studios, opening up for Robin Trower and Albert Lee.

They then returned to Mississippi with band member Nicky Slater to perform at the Market Street Festival in Columbus alongside US blues star Super Chikan.

Paul Jones also asked Cherry to perform three songs at his annual charity concert at Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey.

Paul and his harmonica joined Cherry on stage for a song on that occasion.

Cherry has also played the 2010 Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi and was a special guest of Blind Mississippi Morris in BB King’s in Beale Street in Memphis.

She has a new EP out, called Cherry Pickin’, with six new songs all written with her long-time collaborator, guitarist and musical director, Max Milligan.

For more information and to listen, go to Cherry Lee Mewis

Tickets for the show tomorrow are £8 in advance or £10 on the door.