Yuki played the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival on Sunday, August 24, 2003.

yuki rockin' in colne

And the house was packed with people, who are listening intently.

legions of fans

They were perhaps intrguied by a writeup by Jenny Scott, in InsideOut (Your Weekly Entertainment Guide, brough to you by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph).

Eastern promise

BRINGING a classical technique to her rendition of the blues is Japanese singer and pianist Yukiko Yoshizu.

Yukiko moved to Bristol two years ago and this will be her first trip to Lancashire.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I like performing at festivals. I play boogie woogie and the blues."

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Yukiko is a classically trained musician, who took up the piano at seven.

A chance hearing of a boogie woogie CD attracted her to the blues, which she likes to perform using classical techniques.

She said: "Usually when people play the blues on the piano, they just chip at the keyboard.

"If I did that I would break my hands, because they're only small! So instead I adopt a classical approach and don't use such force."

Thanks to festival organizer Gary Hood for his impeccable taste in music.

Many thanks to Ray the stage manager for his help setting up the sound.

Many many thanks to Steve for locating a keyboard. (Yuki: Where is the piano?)

The Program

  • Intro: Super Piano Freak Show Theme Tune
  • What'd I Say
  • Move Over
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Junco Partner
  • Just a Little Lovin'
  • Respect
  • Make me a Pallet
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Kissin' in the Dark
  • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • It Should be Me
  • Encore: Boogie Woogie Highway