Building on her passion for the Empress of the Blues, Julia Titus started to perform as Ma Bessie in mid-2015 to share the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries with a new generation of listeners. Mixing Julia's rich, warm vocal sound with a dynamic group of musicians that look as well as sound the part, Ma Bessie combines classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs and hand-picked covers from the last 50 years of popular music. Whether you're looking for a duo or trio for an intimate club gig or a full five-piece band for a large festival stage, Ma Bessie has something for you.
The Ma Bessie repertoire includes classics such as 'Careless Love', 'Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out' and, of course, 'Gimme A Pig Foot (And A Bottle Of Beer)'. The band can also add additional songs in order to give you the tailor-made performance your event deserves.
With sell-out performances across the UK and a growing reputation for their authentic sound, Ma Bessie can help to add some style, class and excitement to any event, club or festival.