Cherry Lee Mewis Trio
18 October 2014

Cherry Lee Mewis

The Village Hall
Castor
Peterborough
PE5 7AX

Saturday 18th October 2014

Cherry Lee Mewis, a Welsh-born British blues chanteuse, tips the bar at five foot nothing but don’t let that fool you. At just 29 Cherry Lee has the voice, power and presence to knock the socks off many male blues singers; let alone other female artists on the circuit.

Cherry Lee started by singing in the schoolyard when she was just eight years old and has been singing and playing the blues for twenty years now. She gained a passion for blues from her father and she would constantly sift through his eclectic record collection picking up influences from Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Encouraged by her father Cherry Lee started jamming with her own band at the age of nine and by the age of sixteen she had left school to pursue her musical career. As well as enjoying a summer season gigging around the North Wales holiday camps she was a regular in the pubs around her home. She featured on the Marcher Coast FM radio roadshows and performed at the Colwyn Bay Children in Need concert in 2006. A year later she had acquired a manager and in-between gigging released her aptly titled “Little Girl Blue” debut album in 2007.

Her second album “Southbound Train” was self-released in 2010 and is a raw collection of classic blues including covers of Blind Willie McTell, Koko Taylor and Memphis Minnie. This album set Cherry Lee on the ascendant; garnering comparisons with Bonnie Raitt from some critics.

In the hiatus between the two albums Cherry Lee didn’t sit back. She had a furious touring schedule including appearances at festivals up and down the country as far flung as the Shetland Blues Festival supporting Walter Trout, to a headline slot for Paul Jones at Radio 2’s Hebden Festival and supporting Shakedown Blues stalwart Mud Morganfield on his second UK tour – not to mention various blues festivals in the States including the Howlin Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi and the Market Street Blues Festival in Columbus, Mississippi.

“Heard it Here First”, Cherry Lee’s third CD, was released in 2012 and was backed up by more touring. This release consists of almost entirely original material co-written with producer and band mate Max Milligan with one Papa Charlie Jackson cover, ‘Keep it Clean’. This collection of songs also gained the diminutive dynamo several blues award nominations.

As if belting out the blues wasn’t enough Cherry Lee and Max Milligan released an EP in 2013 entitled “Cherry Pickin’” on her own Cherry Jam label. At just under fifteen minutes long the country influenced EP packs in a lot; including the Rory Gallagher-inspired house rocker ‘Sounds like Heaven to Me’ and a take on traditional instrumental ‘Vestapol’. Cherry Lee also found time to lend her vivacious vocals as backing on Del Bromham’s Angel Air release ‘Nine Yards’ including a duet on the track ‘What Comes Around’. She has also been touring with Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden and features on his new album, Shine.

Cherry Lee comes to Shakedown Blues as part of her UK tour promoting her new album “Catch my Drift” which has already garnered an excellent review in the prestigious Blues & Rhythm Magazine.


By John Howard


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