"Big Daddy's Blues Stories" Irish Tour July 8-17


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Randall “Big Daddy' Webster and Michael “Doc" Palecki bring “Big Daddy's Blues Stories" to Ireland for their third successful Emerald Isle tour together. Combining “Big Daddy's" four-octave voice, very capable guitar fretwork and his impressive foot stomp, and “Doc's" brilliant Blues harmonica playing, plus the stories behind the music, “Big Daddy's Blues Stories" captures the deepest soul of America's great indigenous music of the Blues in a most spectacular way. Please check out these Ireland performance dates:

* Friday, July 8th 10pm - Barry's Public House, Grange, County Sligo Ireland. * Saturday, July 9th 8pm - The Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, County Roscommon Ireland. * Sunday, July 10th 8pm - The Ballina International Street Festival, Ballina, County Mayo Ireland. * Monday, July 11th 10pm - Sandinos Cafe & Bar, Derry City, County Derry, N. Ireland. * Tuesday, July 12th 4pm - The Giants Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, N. Ireland. * Wednesday, July 13th 10pm - The Central Bar, Ballycastle, County Antrim, N. Ireland. * Thursday, July 14th 8pm - C.R.A.I.C. Arts Centre, Coalisland, County Tyrone, N. Ireland. * Friday, July 15th 8pm - Muckno Mania Arts Festival, Castleblaney, County Monaghan, Ireland. * Saturday, July 16th 10pm - The Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland. * Sunday, July 17th 10pm - The Lee Delta Blues Club, Cork, County Cork, Ireland.; with special guest “Hammerin'" Pat Horgan.

Here's what two reviewers say about “Big Daddy:"

“Big Daddy’s Blues Stories” is a powerful acoustic tour through America’s great indigenous music of the Blues. Randall “Big Daddy” Webster is often called the “Pavarotti of Blues” as he wraps his four-octave voice around each note squeezing out every drop of emotion. Making “Blues Stories” even more special is the deeper understanding of the raw emotion behind the music as distilled through Webster’s years of performing, and teaching Blues-In-Schools. Often Big Daddy performs with master Blues harmonica player Michael “Doc” Palecki’s whose magical reed work brings texture and dynamic punch to a foot-stomping hand-clapping show. With “Big Daddy’s” capable guitar fretwork and booming voice, plus “Doc’s” magical harp, the wild hoodoo & voodoo of “Big Daddy’s Blues Stories’” will leave you spellbound and wanting more. You don’t want to miss this incredible live performance! -Vincent Cameretti The Chicago Tribune

“...an animated Chicago urban blues vocal powerhouse... the defining voice and sound of the band (Big Daddy & Red Hot Java) is founder/vocalist Randall “Big Daddy" Webster, who could be compared with Kim Wilson of the Texas band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Webster's voice is what I would call 'authentic'...a voice that really defines blues. As one whose life has revolved around the blues whether as a performer or a promoter, Big Daddy's roots in the blues go back to his childhood days in the Chicago suburbs where some of his first influences were the creators of urban blues; Muddy Waters, Otis Span, Junior Wells, Big Joe Turner, and other Blues legends." -Patrick Ferris www.hotbands.com

Nurtured on Chicago's famed Maxwell street as a kid, and migrating south to Tallahassee, Florida in 1985; Randall “Big Daddy" Webster has immersed his “300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy" into the great American indigenous musical heritage of Blues for over twenty (20) years. Through performing Blues, and teaching “Blues-In-The-Schools" to elementary through university level students, “Big Daddy" recollects the stories behind the music and incorporates them into a mesmerizing acoustic performance called “Big Daddy's Blues Stories." With “Big Daddy's" four octave tenor voice (he's often called the “Pavarotti of Blues") and capable guitar work, and the accompaniment of master Blues harp player Michael 'Doc" Palecki, “Big Daddy's Blues Stories" is an engaging two hour musical journey through “Big Daddy's" original Progressive Urban Blues from his two (2) CDs “The 24th Hour" and “Firebrewed," and Blues classics. Webster and Palecki celebrate the release of their new acoustic CD, “Live From The Warehouse." Randall “Big Daddy" Webster has performed with Sam Lay, E.C. Scott, Coco Montoya, Charles Atkins, Larry Garner, Keb Mo, Clarence “Gatemouth" Brown, Floyd Miles, Eddie Kirkland, Bill Wharton, Canned Heat, Bobby Rush, Johnny Rawls, Johnnie Marshall, and many many more. “Big Daddy" has recently begun production on a new nationally syndicated Blues radio show “Blues From Smoky Holler;" often jamming with some of the best Blues artists in the country. Says Webster, “I'm amazed at the vast wealth of Blues we've heard out there, all around the world. I think it's because Blues works on a primal level. I believe Blues works hand-in-hand with Spiritual music -- Blues identifies the problem and the Spirituals fix 'em. Mix it up and you've got chemotherapy for the soul!"

Master Blues harp accompanist Michael “Doc" Palecki hails from Miami, Florida and has played Blues harp with Diamond Teeth Mary, Lucky Peterson, Sarasota Slim, “The Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton, Blues legend Charles Atkins, St. Pete Twig, Pam Laws, Blues Diva Cathy Cotton and Randall “Big Daddy" Webster; and he's played Gospel music with Bernard and Angela Staton, (Bernard has been lead guitarist for Al Green, James Brown and Little Richard), Mount Temple Missionary Baptist Church of Liberty City, and George “Chocolate" Perry (bass player with Crosby Stills & Nash). The bottom line -- the man has chops! Says Palecki, “I play harmonica with feeling and intensity and love. I'm blessed to have played with some of America's best musicians, and each time they've passed on a little magic that I try to incorporate into my performance.”

Together Randall “Big Daddy" Webster and Michael “Doc" Palecki deliver brilliant high energy Blues that captivates audiences. Their musical history together dates back to “Acoustic Gumbo" in 1988, a group which included Nashville #1 hit songwriter Steve Leslie, Lincoln Center Jazz bassist Tim Fox, and percussionist Biff Adams. Since then, Webster and Palecki have merged their talents on several projects culminating with “Big Daddy's Blues Stories." It's Palecki's third tour of Ireland, and with “Big Daddy" leading the way they'll surely make another positive impact. Their combined talents are formidable. Don't miss “Big Daddy's Blues Stories!"

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