For the first time since the club started, we'll be featuring a solo female
blues singer at The Bullfrog!
Helen Watson has six albums available; her first album "Blue Slipper" came out in 1987,
and was recorded with such heavyweights as most of Little Feat, and Steve Luthakar. Not a bad line up for a debut album!
Helen's matured voice lies in between blues, soul, jazz and folk. She
started playing in the club circuit during the late sixties, and amongst
her many accomplishments she was one half of a soul duo, a singer with a
blues band called Loose Lips, fronted the Manchester band Well Knit Frames, and was also a backing singer for Carmel
Her unique style has earned her much session work, and in the early 80's
she worked with artists such as Little Feat, Albert Lee and
Andy Fairweather-Low and toured Europe with Joe Cocker. In
the early nineties Helen was a member of Hell Bent Heaven Bound who
toured in Europe, America and Canada.
Helen has also worked with Christine Collister, Chris While,,
Julie Mathews, Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Rondstadt,
often contributing songs, backing vocals and harmonica and has also
produced a number of albums.
A live review of a gig at Ronnie Scotts stated "There's no arguing with claims citing her as one of the country's premier jazz blues singers."
Other media quotes include:
- "Helen Watson, blessed with excellent phrasing and control she
slips effortlessly from breathy, seductive jazz to gritty R&B."Folk on Tap....
"A singer of goose pimply beauty and songwriter of rare depth." City Life
"Helen Watson is a long neglected gem who's keeping R&B alive and positively kicking for anyone willing to listen." Siobhan Long , Hot Press (Ireland).
"A bright future beckons for this crystal voiced lady." Q Magazine