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Darlington Market Square R’n'B Festival 2017

SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

THE BERNIE MARSDEN BAND [ex Whitesnake]
4:00pm to 5:20pm


EDDIE MARTIN BAND
2:30pm to 3:30pm

TERESA WATSON BAND
1:00pm to 2:00pm

FRINGE FESTIVAL

THE DOLPHIN CENTRE [Market Square]
The Hookahs [1:45pm - 3:30pm], Tim Green Band [5:00pm - 6:45pm].

THE BOOT ‘N’ SHOE [Market Square]
Chris James & Martin Fletcher [2:30pm - 4:15pm].

THE HOLE IN THE WALL [Market Square]
The Miles Gilderdale Band [2:30pm - 4:15pm].

THE PENNYWEIGHT [Market Square]
Midnite Blue [2:00pm - 3:45pm], The Regals [5:15pm - 7:00pm], Broken Levee [8:00pm - 9:45pm].

THE QUAYS [Tubwell Row]
Lee Bates & Billy Newton [5:00pm - 6:45pm].

THE OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN [Bondgate]
How Askew Band [6:00pm - 7:45pm].

HOSKINS BAR [Blackwellgate]
Hot Coal Blues Band [6:00pm - 7:45pm].

AVALON [Blackwellgate]
Andy Gunn Band [8:30pm - 10:15pm].

JOES BAR [Grange Road]
Sundance Plays Hendrix [6:00pm - 8:00pm].

VOODOO CAFE [Skinnergate]
Trevor Sewell [3:00pm - 4:30pm], Auld Mans Baccie [5:30pm - 7:00pm], Alex Fawcett Band [8:00pm - 9:30pm].

BAR NUMBER ONE [Skinnergate]
Erik & The Vikings [7:00pm - 8:45pm].

THE WOOLLEN MILL [Feethams]
Andy Power Band [7:00pm - 8:45pm].

THE QUAKERHOUSE [Mechanics Yard]
The Blues Water [2:00pm - 4:00pm], The Boneshakers [5:00pm - 7:00pm], Dan Burnett Band [8:30pm - 10:30pm]

 

     

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Spent a few happy & moist hours at a little shindig in my “backyard” at the week-end, the 4th Shildonbury “Party In The Park”.

Not really a strong contender for mentioning in the Blues/Rock context; being a community event I guess the have to cater more mainstream & popularist tastes, though that didn’t stop a crackin’ early evening set by the Northeat’s very own “supergroup”, Groove Train, featuring Mitch Laddie on Guitar, Joh Dawson on bass & Ian Halford on drums & vocals, Michael Lavery & Angela Newbrook sharing vocals; James peacock o keys and Danny Allen on sax duties - superb blend of soul & funk.

Openers, The Breakfast Club were a very good 80’s cover band, ranging from Adam Ant to Visage. I was quite impressed by the 2nd band, ZuZu Cats guitarist, a jangling 1960’s sound, though the set lacked variety and dragged a little. Missed the next two bands due to the weather and the fact I like to be warm and dry in my old age, but ventured back in time to catch Shildon locals Central Parade who crystalised a sound like The Jam meets The Small Faces. Need some work in places, but there’s a good new band in there.

As for the headliners, well, Heatwave are one of those bands who’s hits you don’t realise you knew, until you hear them; shame the never really managed the transition from Disco to RnB. And the main headliners; do I dare mention them on here? Well, if you can’t stand the heat…. Yes, I was down the front, my camera never lies though you’d think I was in the land of make believe… No, NOT Bucks Fizz; they can’t call themselves that anymore, stricktly speaking, they’re now The Fizz. Pop saccharine aside, they still have great 4 part harmonies, but really, they’re a bit of fun, which is what Shildonbury is all about, and for £15 for 10 hours of live music, who isn’t going to shake off their leg warmers…...

     

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Once again Darlington was served proud by it’s annual free Blues festival which climaxed on Sunday with a feast for great music.

Getting things underway on the main stage was the North-East’s own Teresa Watson and her band who served up a fine platter of standards and covers to whet the appetites of the growing crowd. While down the side of the Market Place, side dishes like The Hookahs The Blues Water & Midnite Blue were being served up.

You would call Eddie Martin the “Fish” course in this meal of Blues, the set was far too “red meat” for that, a great serving of Texas & Mississippi beat slide Blues that managed to crack the sky for some sun to shine. While on the side servers we were tempted by Trevor Sewell and Miles Guilderdale and if you could get near, Chris James & Martin Fletcher..

Most definitely the entrée though was Bernie Marsden with his ol’ mate from ‘Snake days Neil Murray on Bass and former Magnum drummer Mickey Barker. Clearly no gluten free, lactose intolerant, veggie option here; this guy has more classics than a table serving has spoons for. Fool For Your Loving, Till The Day I Die, as well as Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City spiced with a little Marsden anecdote about meeting the song’s writer Bobby Bland. It wasn’t a show that leant on the hits though, like his late contemporary Gary Moore, Bernie has a depth of feeling for the Blues and several staples were given a re-vamp, and served steamin’ as well as a handful of solo songs proving he’s still a writer of no mean credit. One thing was certainly apparent though, Bernie was thoroughly enjoying himself and he held a packed Market Place from start to finish, delivery one of the best, if not THE best set I’ve heard there in the years I’ve been going.

After such a serving, it’s a bit difficult to move on to the sweet trolley, especially with tempters like The Regals and Tim Green Band in easy reach and no doubt there were some hardy souls who made it to the brandy & cigars with Broken Levee and Alex Fawcett Band

A great menu, and thanks again to all involved; Darlington R’n'B Club, Gasto promotions, Darlington Council for laying it on.

     

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Hopefully in time to squeeze in some more festivals; sorry about the short notice to this one:-

Kent Blues Rock Festival   Sat. 23rd Sept. 2pm - 11:30pm £20
Leo’s Red Lion
Crete Hall Rd
Gravesend DA11 9AA

The Boom Band; Kirk Fletcher; Big Boy Bloater; Kris Barras; Catfishl John Verity; Lewis Hamilton;
Jack J Hutchinson & Tom Brundage


5th Leek Blues & Americana Festival - 27th Sept - 1st Oct.

5 days, 15 venues, 50+ bands inc;Kirk Fletcher; Slaid Cleaves; Chris Bevington Organisation

Its Back! - Carlisle Blues Rock Festival.  29/30 Sept.
Friday - The Venue, English Gate Plaza; Carlisle
Saturday - Crown & Mitre Hotel; Carlisle

Bernie Marsden; Boom Band; Thorbjorn Risager; Sari Schorr; Del Bromham’s Blues Devils; Catfish;
Gerry Jablonski; Eddie Martin; Kaz Hawkins; Redfish;

     

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Festivals for October include:-

Swanage Blues Festival - 5th - 8th October

Venues throughout the town….
Roster:-
5 Thursday 2030 The Legion Steve Darrington, Hugh Budden & The Great West Groove
5 Thursday 2100 Red Lion Pete Harris & Jon Vaughan
     
6 Friday TBA TBA Pete Harris & Hugh Budden
6 Friday 1400 Red Lion Open Mic with Anita Jardine
6 Friday 1400 The Legion Back Porch
6 Friday 1700 East Bar Robin Bibi Band
6 Friday 1800 Sea Breeze Lewis Cohen
6 Friday 1800 Tawny’s Pete Christie
6 Friday 2000 Swanage Bay View Andy Twyman
6 Friday 2015 Sea Breeze Lewis Cohen
6 Friday 2015 Tawny’s Pete Christie
6 Friday 2030 Grand Hotel Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
6 Friday 2100 Crow’s Nest Teed Up (with Ray Drury, Steve Roux, Steve Browning and Bernie Fox)
6 Friday 2100 Herston Camping The Jawbreakers
6 Friday 2100 Red Lion Tommy Allen and Jon Vaughan
6 Friday 2100 The Legion Saiichi Sugiyama Band
6 Friday 2100 White Swan Red River Hogs
6 Friday 2130 Swanage Bay View The Great West Groove with Andy Twyman and Terry Marshall
6 Friday 2145 Anchor Riverside Blues Band
6 Friday 2145 White Horse The Milk Men
6 Friday 2200 Ship Blues Issue
     
7 Saturday 1230 East Bar Pete Harris Blues Band with Ray Drury & Jon Vaughan
7 Saturday 1230 Swanage Bay View Robin Bibi Jam Session
7 Saturday 1300 The Legion Stan’s Blues Jamboree
7 Saturday 1400 Grand Hotel Hugh Budden & the Blue Chords with Steve Darrington
7 Saturday 1400 Herston Camping Fabulous Fezheads
7 Saturday 1400 IoP Golf Club Blue Touch
7 Saturday 1400 Red Lion Open Mic with Anita Jardine
7 Saturday 1500 Anchor Chicago 9
7 Saturday 1500 White Swan John McClean & the Clan
7 Saturday 1545 Ship Catfish
7 Saturday 1630 Crow’s Nest Woodley Gentlemen’s Club
7 Saturday 1700 Swanage Bay View The Baroness & the Bear
7 Saturday 1745 Swanage Bay View Garry ‘the Slideguy’ Smith
7 Saturday 1800 Sea Breeze Tommy Allen and Ray Drury
7 Saturday 1800 Tawny’s Lewis Cohen
7 Saturday 1845 Swanage Bay View Robert Hokum
7 Saturday 1945 Swanage Bay View Geoff Garbow Blues Band
7 Saturday 2000 East Bar Blue Touch
7 Saturday 2015 Sea Breeze Tommy Allen and Ray Drury
7 Saturday 2015 Tawny’s Lewis Cohen
7 Saturday 2030 Grand Hotel Back Porch
7 Saturday 2100 Crow’s Nest Wang Dang Doodle
7 Saturday 2100 Herston Camping The RedCrow
7 Saturday 2100 Red Lion Fabulous Fezheads
7 Saturday 2100 Swanage Bay View The Great West Groove with Terry Marshall
7 Saturday 2100 The Legion Robin Bibi Band
7 Saturday 2100 White Swan Dawg Q Bones
7 Saturday 2145 Anchor The Jawbreakers
7 Saturday 2145 White Horse The Mustangs
7 Saturday 2230 Ship Backwater Roll Blues Band
     
8 Sunday 1230 The Legion Robin Bibi Jam Session
8 Sunday 1300 East Bar Catfish
8 Sunday 1300 Red Lion Open Mic with Anita Jardine
8 Sunday 1400 Grand Hotel The Great West Groove
8 Sunday 1400 Swanage Bay View Tiny Tina Turner
8 Sunday 1500 Anchor Voodoo Sheiks
8 Sunday 1500 Black Swan Steamer
8 Sunday 1600 Crow’s Nest Back Porch
8 Sunday 1600 Ship The Jawbreakers
8 Sunday 1600 White Swan Tommy Allen and Jon Vaughan
8 Sunday 1700 Swanage Bay View Blues Business
8 Sunday 1730 The Legion Storm Warning
8 Sunday 1800 White Horse Northsyde
8 Sunday 2000 Red Lion Pete Harris & Jon Vaughan
8 Sunday 2030 Grand Hotel Hugh Budden & the Blue Chords with Tiny Tina
8 Sunday 2100 The Legion The Great West Groove
8 Sunday 2200 Anchor The RedCrow
8 Sunday 2200 Ship LedFree


The Big Blues Festival;  Friday 6th - Sat 7th October 2017

The Atkinson
Lord Street
Southport
PR8 1DB

Artists include:
Mike Sanchez & His Band; The Revolutionaires; The Jar Family; Wille and The Bandits; LaVendore Rogue; Chris Bevington & Friends; Benjamin Bassford

20th Beer R&B Festival 2017  13th - 15th October 2017
Beer
Devon
EX12 3JP

Friday
The Mariners Hall 8.30 for 9
The 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday
The Mariners Hall 1-3pm
Bitterroot
The Mariners Hall 8.30 for 9
Jeff Chapman’s Roosters
Paul Lamb and The King Snakes
Sunday
The Anchor 12 noon Jed Wilson
The Mariners Hall 2.30 The Monster Jam


2nd Annual Day of The Blues - Sat. 14th Oct
Astoria Theatre
Deal
Kent CT14 6AB
Lisa Mann; Robin Bibi; Sharpeez; Katie Bradley; Catfish; King Size Slim; 3 Buck Shirt; Sam Brothers;
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Fine City Blues Festival 2017 October 19th – November 9th

The Fine City Blues Festival goes into its fourth year with concerts in Norwich, Norfolk and beyond. The Fine City Blues Festival focuses on real Blues and real Blues Roots music and this year features an amazing line-up in intimate venues where the Blues can be heard at its best.

This year’s artists include the following:

Egypt “… the loudest, yet most wonderful Blues-Rock band …” Leicester Mercury
Travis “Moonchild” Haddix returns to play a series of concerts with the Dave Thomas Band in Norwich, Blakeney, Burston and in Castor (Nr. Peterborough).  Travis has received rave reviews and toured all over the USA and Europe since 1992.  His style evokes the sounds of the great Stax-Volt days, when the likes of Sam & Dave ruled the urban Blues roost. British Blues band leader Dave Thomas has worked with many American Blues artists in the USA and in Europe.  “… a fine guitarist”  [Paul Jones, The Blues Band/Manfred Mann/BBC Radio 2.]

Norwich and Norfolk will be alive with Blues from 19th October through into November. Other great artists appearing are John Mayall “The Godfather of British Blues!” who plays the Theatre Royal in Norwich on Wednesday 25th October; rising singer-songwriter Sean Taylor “… a wonderfully talented modern troubadour…” [Eric Bibb]; Kat Pearson “… smoky, sassy and very classy” [Blues Matters Magazine]; Paul Lamb & Chad Strenz “…Blues harp as good as it gets” [Mark Knopfler]; and great American acoustic troubadour Doug MacLeod who is now at the top of his game. There are more great artists performing at Fine City Blues Festival including some exceptionally talented locally based musicians such as the Dove & Boweevil Band.

The Festival is being organised by Fine City Blues, a working partnership between Steve Morphew, presenter of Best of the Blues on Future Radio and Dave Thomas (pictured above) who has lived and worked in East Anglia for many years.  For further information and the latest festival news, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fine-City-Blues/806008389432604

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For all media enquiries, please contact James Soars.
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Fri 10th - Sun 12th Nov 2017
12th Tenby Blues Festival 2017
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

http://www.tenbyblues.co.uk

Contact:
Tenby Events,
De Valence,
Upper Frog Street,
Tenby,
Pembrokeshire SA70 7JD
Phone/Fax: 01834 843568
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Bella Collins & Gareth Evans
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Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi
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Ian Parker
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Harry Manx
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Diabel Cissokho
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Fourcroft Hotel – Friday 10th November 2017

 

     

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Hereford Blues Festival

18th November - 1pm - 12am  £15
Hereford Left Bank
Bridge St. HR4 9DG

Red Butler; Kyla Brox Band; Tommy Allen’s Trafficker; Della Grants; Rainbreakers; Troy & Violet Redfern

 

     

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