About the Delta Beltas
Sunny Boy Summerson is never content with just one instrument so plays not only jaw-dropping harmonica but also slide guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, ukulele, various percussion instruments and could probably make a decent sound from a piece of tracing paper and a comb. For years he was immersed in the British blues scene, playing regularly at the Marquee in London, before moving to the East of England around 20 years ago.
Influenced by harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson, he supported various bands including John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and has continually played in various bands and with many blues musicians.
Memphis Annie comes from the world of Bluegrass but has now joined the 'dark side'. Although she is relative new to the blues scene, she has the experience of her fellow Beltas to help initiate her into the structure of early blues. Annie writes songs and has performed solo as well as with various groups such as The Bluebirds - a comedy double act and The Darling Coreys, an all-female Old Time & Bluegrass band. She has playing at many music festivals in the UK and supported The Alabama 3 at The Waterfront Norwich.
Annie plays electric and double bass and sings lead and harmonies - influenced by her new blues heroines such as Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith.
We are delighted to be joined by Barry Langston, a multi-instrumentalist, who specialises in jazz and blues piano, but is also adept at trombone and fiddle.
Barry has been playing the keyboards since the age of eight and this is his main love.
He joined a local jazz band called Cool Blue in 1995 and since then, although the original members of the band have changed, Cool Blue still continues to play Jazz at events and music venues. Barry also recently played trombone with a New Orleans style street band called Tuba Swingy (a British version of the American Tuba Skinny), but when that folded, the opportunity to play with the Delta Beltas arose and Barry has adapted into early blues and ragtime with perfect ease.
His piano and vocal skills blend wonderfully with the other performers, and the addition of trombone and fiddle help to make the Delta Beltas a versatile band that can be booked as a trio or, with out other available musicians, a full dance band.