I Gotta A Right To Sing The Blues
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues is a show about women’s lived experience as told through 100 years of the Blues.
August 10th, 1920, Mamie Smith walked into a recording studio in New York and made history by recording the first Blues song. 100 years on, women are still singing of their lived experience through The Blues. Weaving together song and spoken word, Jacqui Wicks examines the impact of early blues music on women hearing it for the first time, how do they connect to 100-year-old narratives…does it speak of their lived experience, who has the right to sing The Blues.
‘Gleefully Grubby and Quite Magnificent’ Wrecking Ball Press
‘Mellifluous Vocals, lovely and timeless Yorkshire Evening Post
‘A singer of commitment and artistic integrity’ Alice Nutter
‘It’s always a joy to have Jacqui’s words and music on air’ BBC Radio
‘This show was so good for my heart’ Kit Fordham, Upstairs At The Western
Funded by Arts Council England
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues is a project funded by Arts Council England’s ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ programme. Through research and interviews conducted with women from many different backgrounds, Jacqui is examining the impact and relevance of the early blues pioneers who were largely women performers.