The Blue Project

Catherine May and Andrew Allen are joined by Tim Pells (guitar), Michael Allen (percussion) and Mary Pells (cello) for a concert of the music of Joni Mitchell including a complete performance of her album Blue.

The Blue Project will be performing at the Royal Hospital School, Ipswich on the 16th September 2022.

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Blue is one of the most highly regarded albums of the past 50 years. Many of the songs have become standards and have been performed and recorded countless times. The album is however rarely performed as a whole. Every song is a gem but the striking thing about this album is the way that it makes such a strong cycle of songs. Blue is an intimate and soulful set of songs in which Joni Mitchell spoke directly about her inner thoughts, cares and conflicts. It was met with immediate success when first released in 1971 and has grown in significance over the intervening years.

The first half of the concert includes a selection of songs that set the context for Blue.  The second half of the concert is a complete performance of all of the songs on the album.  This project has been two years in the planning and after two postponed dates in 2020 and 2021 we gave the first performance at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 21st January 2022. It was an amazing evening. We are now accepting bookings for the 2022/23 season.

‘Loved every moment of your show, what a talented bunch – very emotional and so lovely to see you again.’

‘An absolute triumph!’

‘Two (that’s two) standing ovations after two beautiful sets. Great night at the Arts Centre!’

‘Two hours of classic songs by a famous Canadian performed with stunning affection and enthusiasm. Undoubtedly one of the best concerts I have ever experienced.’

Highlights from the Colchester Arts Centre performance