Preview: Joe Brown is back in town

Some of you will never have heard of Joe Brown – though if you’re of a certain age you’ll remember his daughter, Sam, who had chart success with the song Stop in 1989. Back to her Dad, however, a spikey haired strummer who has been performing since the late 1950s and will be appearing at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Monday night.

It’s a rescheduling of a date booked for earlier in the year, and promises to be a great night for music fans of all generations.

Joe started his first band at the age of 17, back in 1958. Three years later he was the resident lead guitarist on producer Jack Good’s groundbreaking TV show Boy Meets Girls, where he provided the backing for visiting American stars like Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Johnny Cash.

He hit the charts in the early 1960s, backed by the Bruvvers, with A Picture Of You, It Only Took A Minute and That’s What Love Will Do, headlining British tours that featured Del Shannon, Dion, the Crystals… and an up and coming band called the Beatles.

Joe has continued performing ever since, and has turned his hand to acting too. He’s appeared at Glastonbury and Cropredy, and gave a show stopping performance at the Concert for George Harrison at the Royal Albert Hall – a show he describes as ‘the highlight of my career’.

His Very Best Of album achieved a Gold Record and was on the UK charts for eight weeks, staying four weeks in the Top 20, while his most recent CD, The Ukulele Album, caused a similar stir.

Joe has continued to break box office records and recently received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution To Music Award as well as an MBE.

Joe, with his five piece band, including his son – record producer Pete Brown, will be on stage all evening and the musical styles incorporated into this new show are as unique as the man himself.

Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this is a musical journey not to be missed.

He counts Mark Knopfler, Dave Edmunds, Bob Harris and Jools Holland among his fans – so why not come along on Monday and see what all the fuss is about? The show starts at 7.30pm and you can get your tickets at the Grand Box Office or on the website.


Featured image from joebrown.co.uk


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