Award-winning blues duo brings show to Grand Forks

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, an award-winning blues duo, bring their vintage blues concert to Gallery 2 in Grand Forks on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss out on this evening of classic blues.

Braithwaite and Whiteley have toured internationally including shows in the U.K., North America and Russia.

Blues Revue Magazine has called Braithwaite and Whiteley “Masters of Old School Blues.”

Eight-time Maple Blues award winners, they were awarded Songwriters of the Year at the Maple Blues

Awards in January 2010. In January 2011, their latest album Deltaphonic  was released by Electro-Fi Records and hit No. 1 on B.B. King’s Bluesville network on XM satellite radio, with over 18 million listeners across the U.S. and internationally.

As a black, female blues artist, Braithwaite, who has been instrumental in keeping the blues alive on a national and international level, was recently heard in February 2011, on CBC Radio, doing weekly Black History segments.

A gifted and captivating performer, Braithwaite’s authentic blues shows have led her into the company of such stalwarts as Mel Brown, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker.  Appearances at shows in Massey Hall in North America, concert halls and festivals in the U.K. and Europe led to her reputation as a world-class blues singer.

Kansas-born multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley appeared on Saturday Night Live and toured and recorded with Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim and Leon Redbone. A featured performer at the Chicago Blues Festival, Whiteley tours regularly with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café on CBC.

The Classic Blues Show, presented by Braithwaite and Whiteley on tour, includes songs performed live on BBC’s Paul Jones Show in England

and by the duo in arts centers and concert halls throughout the U.K., and Russia.

Later this year, Braithwaite and Whiteley will be featured performers at two major U.K. summer festivals: The R&B Colne Festival in Colne, England and the Monaghan Festival in Monaghan Town, Ireland.

The duo was recently confirmed to perform at the prestigious Hudson River Park Blues Festival in New York City August 2011.