A BLUES music virtuoso will be performing in Maldon.

New Orleans blues pianist Dale Storr will be bringing his new show to the Blue Boar Hotel in Silver Street next Friday.

The Sheffield-based musician performed previously at the Blues at the Barns festival in Creeksea.

Mr Storr is a seven-times British Blues Award nominee and winner of the 2015 Buxton Fringe Festival Best Musical Performance Award.

Blues at the Barns organiser Tim Aves said: “Many people still fondly remember the very popular ‘Beat Roots’ Friday night concerts promoted at one time upstairs at the Blue Boar by Dave Richardson and Tim Broughton of The Swamp Cats.

“Every single one was a gem and Dale played one of those shows.

“I’d love to recapture some of the Beat Roots atmosphere, which is why I chose Dale Storr as our first act.

“He’s a good friend and a brilliant musician who is very rarely heard in southern England.

“People were totally blown away by his 40-minute set at Blues at the Barns.

“They can enjoy a whole evening of his music and if it’s a success I hope to promote regular gigs in Maldon.”

As a boy, Dale won numerous school and county music competitions, performing in venues from the age of ten.

He has worked with music greats such as King King, Dave Berry, Earl Thomas, Rocky Athas aka Black Oak Arkansas and Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, among others.

In 2006, Dale started his solo career as a New Orleans pianist with influences such as Professor Longhair, Dr John, Allen Toussaint, Tuts Washington and James Booker.

He continues to tour extensively across the U.K. and Europe while also finding time for private piano tuition.

The show is in the Long Room and doors open at 8pm.

Tickets are £10.

Places are limited but tickets can be booked in advance by emailing timaves1@gmail.

For details, visit www.dalestorr.com.