Thursday, 12 August 2021



From Sunday 5th September The Blues Are Back at The Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

Every Sunday, on the splendidly renovated bandstand Henry’s Botanical Blueshouse presents the best of blues from 2pm to 4pm.

The featured bands will be:

Chickenbone John, ‘The Godfather of the Cigar Box Guitar’, has become a huge favourite with highly successful workshop/concerts demonstrating how to make and play 3-string cigar box guitars. John has been perfecting the art of creating guitars from cigar boxes, inspired by the thought that such great bluesmen as BB King and Lightnin’ Hopkins began with home-made instruments. In performance he is joined by his band, Chickenbone Blues in reviving the authentic sounds of early blues.

Fronted by Big Jim Merris of the Red Lemons Blues Band, the Alabama Boogie Boys have become audience favourites at Henry’s Blueshouse, both at the Bulls Head and in the Botanical Gardens. Their mix of blues, boogie and rock and roll is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.


Stalwarts of Henry’s Blueshouse and regulars at such blues festivals as Upton-on-Severn and Newcastle-under-Lyme, The Nitecrawlers aim to re-create the sheer enjoyment of the original R&B clubs of the 60s. With a lifetime of experience between them, the four band members have appeared with some of the biggest names in the music business – and now they concentrate on serving up archetypal hard-driving, foot-tapping Chicago blues – no-nonsense authentic blues


The Whiskey Brothers featuring Richard Heath, on vocals and mandolin and Gerry Smith on piano, perform old style acoustic blues with songs from the great American blues tradition as well as their own material. They believe in playing the blues in a simple, authentic and entertaining way, mixing well known classics with lesser known gems. Between them they have performed at hundreds of festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe and beyond.

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