BUILDING on her passion for the “Empress of the Blues”, Julia Titus formed her Pig Foot Band in mid-2015 to share the music of “Ma” Bessie Smith and her contemporaries, with a new generation of listeners.

Mixing Julia’s rich, warm vocal sound with a dynamic band that look and sound the part, Ma Bessie & her Pig Foot Band perform 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.

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)’.

Featuring: Julia Titus (Ma Bessie - vocals), Matt Foster (guitar), Chuck Lloyd (saxophone) and Andy Wilkin (percussion/vocals)

Ma Bessie and her Pig Foot band will be performing at Otley Courthouse on Friday, December 3 at 8pm. Tickets are £14.

Otley Courthouse is continuing to host a wide variety of performers, activities and events as we move towards the end of the year and the final acts of its September-December 2021 season.

This evening performance still has tickets available for purchase online at, by calling the Courthouse box office on 01943 467466 or visiting the Courthouse on Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN.

See the website for other events coming up and to buy tickets.