Irek Dudek

The blues have been imported into Poland by multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and festival producer Irek Dudek (born Ireneusz Dudek). His group, the Silesian Blues Band, featuring Apostolis "Lakis" Antymos, Josef Skrzek, and Jerzy Piotrowski, was one of Poland's top blues-rock bands of the 1970s. Although he's continued to record as a soloist, releasing No. 1 in 1985 and A New Vision of Blues in 1994, Dudek has made his most enduring mark as producer of the Rawa Blues Festival. Since 1992, the event has featured a mix of American artists, including Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Luther Allison, Canned Heat, C.J. Chenier, Big Bill Morganfeld, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Polish blues acts like Schau Pau, Cree, Proud Mary, the Riders, and Dudek's band, Shakin' Dudi. ~ Craig Harris

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