Fairfield Hall, Croydon October 1963 concert program
Original vintage concert program produced for the American Folk Blues Festival’s two shows at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon [England] on 18th & 20th October, 1963, presented by the National Jazz Federation in association with German promoter Horst Lippmann. Performing artists included Big Joe Williams, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey, Otis Spann, Bill Stepney, and Muddy Waters. It was legendary Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau who were responsible for the festival since its start back in 1962 where they stuck upon the idea of bringing a cross section of American blues musicians to Europe for a package tour. Dubbed “The American Folk Blues Festival,” the shows were a major success and played a vital role in exposing American roots music to a new and appreciative audience abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, where the concerts proved to be a significant eye-opener for the founding members of the British blues-rock boom. Lippman and Rau turned the tour into an annual event and, fortunately, arranged for their artists to appear on a series of television specials recorded for German television.
In original b/w typographical matte-coated wrappers, staple bound, 20.5 x 17.8 cm, 12 pp. Wrappers are slightly rubbed with a diagonal crease to the top left corner, else in very good complete condition, tightly bound and clean. Additional images of the program available on request.