Empire Theatre, Liverpool September 1959 concert flyer
Original first printing concert flyer advertising American folk-blues duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool [England] on Sunday, 27th September, 1959, presented by Roy Guest, and with The Weavers and Johnny Duncan and His Blue Grass Boys also on the bill. When McGhee and Terry teamed up in New York in 1942 they became an overnight success. They recorded and toured together until around 1980, spending 11 months of each year touring and recording dozens of albums. Despite their later fame as “pure” folk artists playing for white audiences, in the 1940s Terry and McGhee had attempted to be successful recording artists, fronting a jump blues combo with honking saxophone and rolling piano, variously calling themselves Brownie McGhee and his Jook House Rockers or Sonny Terry and his Buckshot Five, often with Champion Jack Dupree and Big Chief Ellis. During the blues revival of the 1960s, Terry and McGhee were popular on the concert and music festival circuits, occasionally adding new material but usually remaining faithful to their roots and playing to the tastes of their audiences.
The flyer measures 12.7 x 20.8 cm and is printed in red and black inks on thin, matte-coated paper stock. In near excellent unfolded condition with a touch of light surface handling wear. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.