The Blue And Gold is a musical collaboration between Juno nominated and WCMA Blues ‘Artist Of The Year’ Ndidi O and folk-roots guitarist / banjo player Trish Klein (The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford, Po’ Girl) which celebrates the musical artistry and legacy of pioneering female blues musicians.
Ndidi O and Trish Klein were both established Canadian roots music artists when they met in Paris while both going through turbulent times of their lives. In Parisian street cafes, alley-way bars and traditional hammams their friendship was fused, and the idea of a collaboration first began. Then, during the
Now back in Vancouver BC, they began a remote recording / research project exploring the lives and music of under-recognized female blues artists, this inspiring musical journey led to creation of their debut album The Blue And Gold. A musical homage to the profound influence of black female artists on 20th century country / blues traditions and indeed on the evolution on all modern music; authenticity, soulfulness and grit, including reinterpretations of the works of pioneering female artists Memphis Minnie, Lottie Kimborough, Victoria Spivey, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and others, as well as one song by the legendary indigenous songwriter Buffy Saint Marie.