Ma Bessie & her Blues Troupe

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and ‘30s.  Often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era, along with Louis Armstrong, she was a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.

Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs.  The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years. 

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Venue
Waterside Theatre
Glendermott Rd
Londonderry
BT47 6BG