Henry’s Blueshouse is back! First started in 1968 by Big Bear Records founder Jim Simpson, once again Tuesdays is Bluesdays, with one of the UK’s most legendary blues nights reborn at The Bulls Head

Every week, you can catch top live blues from 8pm in the upstairs room of Brum’s best looking boozer playing host to bands from across the UK and further afield.

Before each week’s gig, join us for Blues Talkin’ at 7pm where we speak to musicians, writers and other interesting folk about what first turned them onto the blues.

And best of all, thanks to those good people at Davenports, it’s free to get in!

So block out your Tuesdays, and make sure to head to Birmingham’s Westside for a good slice of down-home, rocking blues. You’ll find The Bulls Head at 38 Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham B15 1EJ. For directions, click here.

Upcoming Gigs

19th November – Arthur Ebeling & Chris Quinn

Two stunning guitarists steeped in blues, rock and roll and jazz. Ebeling, from Amsterdam played with Scotty Moore, the first Elvis guitarist and opened for Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy and more.Quinn was recently described as “world class” by Songlines magazine. Together, they’ll also be answering the questions at Blues Talkin’.

26th November – Will Killeen

From County Mayo, Ireland. Once replaced Rory Gallagher in an early version of Taste. Known as the king of the slide guitar, full-blooded, straight ahead acoustic guitar/vocals.

Blues Talkin’ features renowned blues singer Rebecca Downes.

3rd December – Chickenbone John & Harmonica Dave

The godfather of the cigar box guitar takes us back to the very roots of the blues, doing with three strings what most can’t do with six.

Blues Talkin’ features Birmingham soul star Cissy Stone

10th December – Mark Harrison

A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, widely considered one of the most original and interesting bluesmen in the UK

Mark will also be joining us for Blues Talkin’ ahead of his set

17th December – The Shufflepack

Stomping, Chicago style blues delivered with attitude

Blues Talkin’ features local broadcaster Robin Valk

24th December – Blue Christmas with The Nitecrawlers

Join us on the night before Christmas as The Nitecrawlers take us back to the heady atmosphere of the 1960s Rhythm & Blues Clubs

Doors open at the later time of 8pm, band on at 9pm. Tickets £10 – book here

31st December – New Year’s Eve with Tipitina

Start 2020 the right way with our very own Henry’s Hootenanny, featuring the barnstorming boogie-woogie of Tipitina.

Doors open at the later time of 8pm, band on at 9:30pm. Tickets £10 – book here

All performances free admission unless otherwise stated, admission subject to capacity. Doors open at 7pm.

For updates on happenings at Henry’s, and more fun blues stuff, be sure to join our mailing list and head to the Henry’s Blueshouse Facebook page

And if you’ve missed a gig, you can catch highlights of it on the Henry’s Blueshouse Youtube playlist:

All our gigs, plus plenty of other fun stuff around the West Midlands, is listed in Ryan’s Gig Guide. Check out their website or pick up a print copy from The Bull’s Head!

The History of Henry’s Blueshouse

The original Henry’s Blueshouse opened in The Crown Hotel in 1968 and ran every Tuesday under the flag Tuesdays is Bluesdays. It was said by Melody Maker to be “the first progressive music venue outside of London”.

Organised by trumpet player and band manager Jim Simpson, originally as a platform for Bakerloo Blues Line, later shortened to Bakerloo, it quickly developed into one of the most important music venues in this city. American bluesmen and leading British rock and blues attractions featured weekly at the small upstairs room adjacent to New Street Station which was to gain worldwide recognition as the birthplace of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, Black Sabbath. Simpson became their manager and took them from obscurity to a chart topping attraction with the single “Paranoid” and the albums “Black Sabbath” and “Paranoid”. The latter reached number one on the album chart, a feat not repeated by Black Sabbath until 43 years later.

Black Sabbath, with Ozzy Osbourne sporting a Henry’s T-shirt

Henry’s was seen as an important stepping stone to fame by dozens of bands including Status Quo, Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, Robert Plant, Judas Priest, Rory Gallagher & Taste, Thin Lizzy, Chicken Shack and Ten Years After – click here to view a full list

American Bluesmen to grace the stage at Henry’s Blueshouse included Arthur Big Boy Crudup, who wrote “That’s Alright Now Mama”, the first Elvis Presley hit, Champion Jack Dupree, Lightnin’ Slim, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Reverend Gary Davis and J.B. Hutto.