Coronavirus update: with The Bull’s Head closed, we’re pressing pause on our Tuesday night gigs. But there’s still fun to be had with Henry’s Virtual Blueshouse! Keep in the loop by subscribing to our mailing list.
Every Tuesday, we’ll be doing livestreams featuring new and archive performances, listening parties, and more! Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel to access these and our back catalogue of videos from the last 12 months of Henry’s.
And help us keep the blues alive by treating yourself to a CD, LP, T-shirt or poster from Henry’s Blues Emporium
Henry’s Botanical Blueshouse
During July, we’ll be taking over the bandstand at the splendid Birmingham Botanical Gardens every Sunday afternoon from 2pm.
Over the next few weeks you can enjoy some great blues in great surroundings from the following Henry’s favourites:
Getting in won’t cost any more than the Garden’s usual £6.75 admission price plus booking fees, though to keep the gardens at a safe capacity, advance booking via their website is essential
About Henry’s Blueshouse
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.
Check back for details on upcoming bands once Henry’s Blueshouse is back up and running!
All performances free admission unless otherwise stated, admission subject to capacity. Doors open at 7pm.
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.
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.