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Blind Boy Paxton to Play Middlesbrough Town Hall

By Published September 06, 2018

A RISING star of vintage blues is bound for the newly restored historic Courtroom at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Jerron Blind Boy Paxton’s gig on Monday, November 12 is the latest in the venue’s Courtroom Sessions series of Americana acts in partnership with The Jumpin’ Hot Club.

Although still in his 20s, Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists you’ve never heard of, with a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920s and making them wish they could stay there for good.

Paxton performed to a sold-out audience at the Lead Belly Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York in February, 2016 along with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and other stars.

That performance made a huge impression and in the two years since his Paxton’s own star has been rising fast.

The multi-instrumentalist was featured on CNN’s Great Big Story and appeared in the multi award-winning music documentary American Epic produced by Robert Redford, Jack White and T Bone Burnett.

In October, 2018 he will be touring the US with the musicians from this ground-breaking American Epic Sessions music documentary.

He has also opened for Buddy Guy at BB King’s in New York, for Robert Cray at the Reading PA Blues Festival and has performed at numerous other festivals.

This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion and the bones (percussion), with an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real.

Influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and Blind Lemon Jefferson, Paxton is a world-class talent who mesmerises audiences with his humour and storytelling.

According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is ‘virtually the only music-maker of his generation - playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other instruments - to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and 30s’.

Lorna Fulton, Head of Programmes at Middlesbrough Town Hall, said: “We are delighted Jerron Blind Boy Paxton has been announced as the second in our Courtroom Sessions series following Kim Richey and Ben Glover on Thursday, November 8.

“I’d urge any blues fan to get their tickets early for this one as it promises to be a great night with this rising star!”

Jerron Blind Boy Paxton plays Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday, November 12.

Tickets are £15 plus booking fee and are available from www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01642 729 729.

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