tour dates announced
Packing a hipflask full of
Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline and soul-studded country
blues, Liverpudlian singer songwriter Delta Maid is here
to take your breath away.
25 years old and from Wavertree in South Liverpool,
Delta’s love affair with American roots music began when
she was a child, her head swimming with country greats
as well as the more modern blues that made up the
backbone of her parents record collection – from Bonnie
Raitt and Taj Mahal to Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King.
Delta’s own personal musical discovery was kick started
by a copy of country blues queen Rory Block's ‘Best
Blues and Originals’ which her parents bought back with
them after a trip to New York.
Listening to the record non-stop for two weeks during a
holiday in Ireland, the 13 year old Delta’s ears had
been opened to early blues there was no turning back. "I
was in awe… I became fascinated by the style of play,
the whole feeling of it. It was at this point that I
began actively searching for the history and legends
that were behind delta blues. After hearing the likes of
Son House, Skip James, Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson
for the first time I dived head first into a world that
has since become a part of my own makeup."
Delta’s seafaring family have long had connections to
America. Her great grandfather was a stoker who used to
regale Delta’s family with stories of working on the
docks in prohibition era New York and like Delta’s
parents after him, he would bring rare roots records
back home to Liverpool.
The main stopping point for immigrants travelling to
America, the idea of looking west to the US for
inspiration, rather than east to Europe has long defined
Liverpool, and Delta is no exception.
Described as a ‘fresh,
youthful approach to American roots music’ Delta is set
to take on a tour of the UK this autumn in support of
Mercury Music Prize nominated folk artist Seth Lakeman.
Delta released her debut EP in July to critical success.
Following this, she stormed through the festival season
with appearances including supporting Ellie Goulding at
the iTunes Festival, T in the Park, Latitude and Big
Chill. Currently she is just finishing off her debut
album, which is due for release in 2011
November / December 2010 tour dates in support of Seth Lakeman
9-Nov-10 York Duchess
10-Nov-10 Norwich Waterfront
11-Nov-10 Holmfirth Picturedrome
12-Nov-10 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
13-Nov-10 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14-Nov-10 Manchester Acadmey 2
17-Nov-10 Brighton Concorde 2
18-Nov-10 Leamington Spa Assembly
19-Nov-10 Folkestone Quarter House
20-Nov-10 Portsmouth Pyramids
21-Nov-10 Bridport Electric Palace
7-Dec-10 London o2 Shepards Bush Empire
8-Dec-10 Lincoln Drill Hall
9-Dec-10 Middlesborough Empire
10-Dec-10 Cambridge Junction
11-Dec-10 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
12-Dec-10 Bristol O2 Academy