BLUES TO BOP

Lugano, 29-31.08.2013

 

 

After 45 years in music and over 60 albums Dana Gillespie is well qualified to sing the blues. A career that combined radio, theatre, film and sport (she was once British junior water-skiing champion) with music, Dana has been in the public eye since recording her first album at the age of 15. Her music has evolved from folk in the 60s through 70s Bowie-esque glam-rock to the raunchy in-your-face blues she performs today.

 

Dana Gillespie has been dedicated to the blues from an early age: "I discovered the blues when I went to the “American Folk Blues Festival” in 1962”, she said. Later, in 1964 she recorded for Pye, with Donovan on guitar and became a regular on the folk circuit.

In 1974 she move to the USA, where she played and toured for two years and hosted a radio blues show in New York.

 

In 2002 Dana was invited with her band to take a tour in India. Here she also recorded 3 albums in Sanskrit under the pseudonym “Third Man” before reverting to Dana Gillespie.

 

While her career in music was simmering away, she became better known for her appearances in London's West End theatres (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's "Tommy" and The Rock Othello) and she also appeared in the film version of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" and among other movies.

 

She was voted 'Top British Female Blues Vocalist' by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine between 1992 and 1996 and has now been elevated into their Hall Of Fame.

 

 

Official website: http://www.dana-gillespie.com

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