She has over 60 music albums to her credit and still continues to rock a music career spanning over four decades. Dana Gillespie the British Blues singer-songwriter and actress, also has the distinction of working with music legends like Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and David Bowie. She's also known for playing Mary Magdalene in the first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. Being an ardent follower of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Dana's performed in the country and in the city on various occasions. This time she's going to perform at the second edition of Simply The Blues, (it will include a twin-city tour of Bangalore and Mumbai) an intiative to spread Blues music in the country, powered by DNA. Besides her, there will be other noted Blues musicians like Samnatha Edwards, Karan Joseph, Sanjay Joseph and Benny Soans.
Dana who will be performing along with renowned Boogie Woogie pianist Joachim Palden who promises the show will be a "rocking" one. "Joachim and I make very good Blues music together.
Joachim is a terrific pianist and I specialise in Blues style from the 1920s to the 40s. So Mumbai will get a chance to experience Blues music of the type that they don't get to hear," she says.
When asked what's her karmic connection with India, Dana says, "The first time I came to India, I felt like I came back home. India feels like family. It's not just about the poverty, spirituality or the music, it's the colours, the culture that captivates me."
The songstress who has plenty of wonderful memories of performing in the city (she was and still is saddened when Rang Bhavan shut down) feels that there's not enough Blues music in the world and loves performing here time and again. She states, "Blues is the mother of all western music. Once you become a Blues fan, you die as one. I believe there's not enough Blues in the world except in may be places like Chicago and New Orleans."
Simply The Blues Festival Director Luke Kenny who has grown up listening to Dana's rock n' roll music, even before she progressed full-on into Blues is elated about her upcoming performance.
"It's wonderful that reputed global musicians like Dana Gillespie and Joachim Palden will be
performing in the city. In today's age, we have instant and easy access to music around the globe via the internet. However, to watch these music greats perform live is such a rarity. It's an experience," says he.
All you Blues fans who can't enough of your favourite genre performed live in the city, what better chance to do so?
WHEN: December 8, 7.30 pm onwards, St Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra (W)