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Overton on Dee

Blues Roots and Real Ale Festival 2018

Friday May 11th & Saturday 12th May 2018

Lineup So Far:

Friday 11th May 2018
Mumbo Jumbo
The Rainbreakers
The Cadillac Kings

Saturday 12th May 2018
Benjamin Bassford and Liam Ward
Little Roger and The House Rockers
Xander and The Peace Pirates
Sari Schoor and The Engine Room
The Revolutionaires
Overton on Dee is a beautiful little village on the Welsh borders
approximately 8 miles south of Wrexham

Limited tickets available so early booking recommended

For camping and caravan info ring before 9pm 01978 710413    

Food outlets available in village + 12+ real ales and ciders, donation car park available

Shuttle service available to outlying B&Bs;, Hotels and caravan site

Festival organised by Goin’ Up The Country Blues Club, Worthenbury http://www.hookerblues.co.uk

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Diggle Blues Festival

Thurs 7th - Sunday 10th June


‘Where the blues meets the greenery’




Thursday 7th - 7:15 - 8:30 Midnight Johnny Band @ The Gate Inn
                9:00 - 11:00 Lewis Hamilton Band @ Diggle Band Club
Friday 8th - 7:15 - 8:30 Auld Man’s Baccie @ Saddleworth Cookery School
            9:00 - 11:00 Groove-a-Matics @ Diggle Band Club

Saturday 9th - 3:00 - 4:15 Bluesman Mike Francis @ Grandpa Greene’s Parlour
                4:45 - 6:00 Chris James & Martin Fletcher @ Woolyknit Café
                6:30 - 8:30 Xander & The Peace Pirates @ Kilngreen Hall
                9:00 - 11:00 Tom C Walker Band @ Diggle Band Club

Sunday 10th - 1:45 - 3:00 - Thomas Ford @ The Gate Inn
                3:30 - 5:30 - Chris King Robinson @ Kilngreen Hall
                6:00 - 8:00 - Mojo Rising @ Diggle Band Club
                8:15 - 9:30(ish) - Jam session (with Mojo Rising) @ Diggle Band Club







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25th & 26th August

Ousburn Rock & Blues Festival

ORB Festival will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2018. Brought to you by the team who put together the Reivers Rock and Blues Festival, we aim to bring you the most innovative artists on the National and International Blues Rock scene. With The Cluny on board, main stage and Monkey Junk Blues afternoon sesssions, and The Tyne Bar, afternoon evening stage, it is guaranteed to be a blast!  We are very happy to announce our Buskers stage will be hosted by The Kiln! The Kiln is ideally suited to acoustic Blues with it’s quirky atmosphere and decor. Welcome aboard.

Known so far - Stevie Nimmo Trio; Gerry Jablonski & Electric Band; Dave Arcari
                Simon McBride, Poplar Jake Band, Gwyn Ashton


Ed:- The Kiln in on Hume St. (head down Byker Bank and turn left before Quay Timber), about couple of hundred yards walk from Cluny



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Music at the Crossroads Festival 2018   6th & 7th July.

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

Friday 6th July
Doors open at 7.00 pm
19.45: Spank the Monkey
21.45: Under the Covers
Plus another act to be announced

Saturday 7th July
13.30: Ged Wilson
14.15: Cheap Sunglasses
15.00: Scarecrow
15.45: Bruiser
16.35: Bewelian
17.20: The Folly Brothers
18.25: Krissie Matthews
19.10: Freeway Jam
20.15: Debbie Bond and Radiator Rick
21.15: John Coghlan’s Quo
22.50: Norton Commando’s (after-party in the marquee)


Amal (Sweden) 24th Blues Festival - 12th - 15th July

12:00-17:00 Fotoutställning: Hans Ekestang

Kulturmagasinet 15:00-18:00
15:15 Julia & The Basement Tapes
15:50   Jesper Theis (DK)
16:35 Old Kerry McKee
17:15 Sofie Reed
Kulturchef: Stefan Jacobsson
ÅBF: Christer Nilsson
Junior Blues Prize

20:00-00;00 Blues Nite
20:15 Geir Westby Band (NO)
21:30 Fat Bull
23:00 Senese of Blue Cream

Kulturhuset 12:00-17:00
Fotoutställning: Hans Ekestang

Kulturmagasinet 11:00-16:00
12:00 Old Kerry McKee
13:00 Harry Banks Band
14:00 Jesper Theis (DK)
15:00 Fat Bull

Bluesterminalen 12:00-16:00 Bluesjam med Blue Wheel
Gatublues 14:00-16:00
Kulturtorget: Julia & The Basement Tapes
              Gågatan: Göran Blues Band
              Torggatan: Carl & The Foolin’ Jukes
              ICA/COO:P Farmers Blues Band
Hamnterminalen 17:30-02:00
18:00 Among Lynx
19:00 Spoonful of Blues (NO)
20:00 Roffe Wikström
21:00 Ten Years After (UK)
22:00 Nordic Blues Revue: (ISL/NO/FIN/SWE) Halldor Bragason/Hungry John/Emilia Sisco/Lisa Lystam
23:30 The Alabama Lovesnakes
01:00 Howling Owl

Fotoutställning: Hans Ekestang

Kulturmagasinet 11:00-15:00
12:00 Det Blev Handgemäng
13:00 Svante Sjöblom & Göran Svenningsson
14:00   Harry Banks Band

Bluesterminalen 12:00-16:00 Bluesjam med Blue Wheel

Gatublues 12:00-14:00
Kulturtorget: Jesper Theis (DK)
Gågatan:  Göran Blues band
Torggatan: Carl & The Foolin’ Jukes
ICA/COOP:  Farmers Blues Band

Hamnterminalen 17:30-01:30
18:00 Sofie Reed, Mark Haynes & Anne Harris (USA/SWE)
19:00 Wentus Blues Band (FIN)
20:00 Corey Harris (USA)
21:00 Blues Pills (SWE/USA/FRA)
22:00 Jeff Jensen Band (USA)
23:30 Kirk Fletcher (USA)
00:30 Rich Harper Band (USA)


13:00Sign of The Judgement
13:45Sofie Reeds, Mark Haynes & Anne Harris (USA/SWE)
14:30 Corey Harris (USA)

26th - GastroBlues Festival  2 -8th July
Borbarat; Talalkozo;

In the middle of Hungary in Paks -, a city on the bank of Danube river, the citizens, the leaders and the promoters of the events would like to invite for concerts, cooking competitions, and representation of Hungarian national neals and drinks the fans of BLUES, JAZZ, ROCK, GASTRONOMY, as well the WINE-LOVERS, to meet together, to represent our knowledge, and to pet our ears and stomachs in cheery spirit.

International Gastroblues Festival, fish soup, local wines, traditions, narrow streets, new housing estates and public buildings, the atomic power plant, and the all-important Danube with its Embankment and banks are the components that make up today’s Paks. This town, nice and interesting, is worth visiting, and the time spent here will enrich the visitor.

Aynsley Lister
Band of Friends
Grainne Duffy
JCM feat. Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke & Ralph Salmins
Pál Balázs Jenő Band
Dalai Dávid zenekar

Saddleback Music Festival - 14th July
Devizes Sports Club

12:00 Acoustic act winner of the
Saddleback Battle of the Bands (Second Stage)

12:50 Mollie Marriott (Main Stage)

14:25 Innes Sibun (Second Stage)

16:00 Jon Amor (Main Stage)

17:35 John Verity (Second Stage)

19:00 Bad Touch (Main Stage)

20:50 Marcus Bonfanti (Main Stage)

Closing with the Saddleback Allstar Jam featuring
the highlight artists on the day plus some very special guests.





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11th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 13th - 15 July 2018
Burton Agnes Hall
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB

Main Stage Line Up

13th July Friday Evening

6.30 - 8.00pm TipToe
Offering a luxuriously soulful and intimate sound, Tiptoe lend a mix of fun and sophistication and varied set list of traditional jazz numbers mixed in with more modern soul and RNB songs means there will be something toe-tappingly familiar for festivalgoers to enjoy.
8.30 - 10.00pm Electrio
Award-winning Space-Funk Trio from the UK, taking the classic sound of 70’s instrumental Jazz-Funk-Fusion into the future!

Late Night Sessions - In association with STRADA music agency.

10.00pm-11.00pm Nick Rooke
The East Yorkshire based Nick Rooke plays original music that crosses many genres. It is however the blend of Nick’s own songs and hints of traditional Irish Folk that results in a truly interactive experience for the audience. Great songs, reflecting the world around him mix with Nicks’ carefree attitude and sense of humour for a night to remember.

11.00pm-midnight TBC

14th July Saturday Afternoon

12.30-2.00pm Matt and Carlos
Jazz guitarist duo of Bolivian Carlos Olmos and Londoner Matt Smith, performing a mix of soul, funk and jazz and blues.

2.30 - 4.00pm Zoe Gilby
Zoë Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter offering compelling and original compositions. Her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd to Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell.

4.30 - 6.00pm Ubunye
Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa (now Huddersfield-based) with gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi - traditional Zulu music - and Afro-pop.

14th July Saturday Evening
6.30 - 8.00pm Jo Harrop
The wonderful Jo Harrop will play tribute to the sultry songstress and ‘regal’ Peggy Lee and kick off the Saturday evening line up. Harrop will deliver moving renditions of Peggy Lee classics as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee canon.
The Durham born jazz singer has a voice that is warm, intimate & sincere. She is no stranger to performing at the best clubs and radio stations garnering praise notably from luminary composer Howard Blake OBE, & jazz pioneer Courtney Pine CBE.

8.30 - 10.00pm Billy Branch
Grammy nominee and Emmy Award winner Billy Branch, presented by the Giles Robson Band, will bring Saturdays performances to an explosive end! 
Supporting Billy is international blues harpist, Giles Robson and his band. Billy, Giles and the band are on fire and invite festivalgoers to be part of their exciting journey as they bring the pure blues out of the shadows and rock the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival!

Late Night Sessions - In association with STRADA music agency

10.00pm-11.00pm Polly Bolton and Bella Gaffney
Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. Bella has supported various folk luminaries including Jon Boden, Cara Dillon and Altan, and also performs with Midlands-based band Bric-a-Brac. Her second album, Heaven Knows, was released in 2017.

York-based Polly Bolton first picked up the mandolin as a child and has been touring internationally in various line ups since her early teens. Her support slots include Tcha Limberger and Mozes Rosenberg, Lau, and Hot Club of Cowtown. Endorsed by Eastman Guitars (their only UK-based mandolin player), she is also one third of progressive bluegrass / acoustic trio Stillhouse.
Polly and Bella first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017, and the project grew from there. A great musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental collaboration.

11.00pm-midnight The Alligators
Festival favourites return to entertain revellers into the night!

15th July Sunday Afternoon

11.20am – 12.30pm Skeltr
An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey’s roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson’s drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core

1.00 - 2.30pm Kyla Brox with Danny Blomeley
Kyla’s voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.

3.00-4.30pm Atlantic Crossover
Atlantic Crossover is the renewed version and second wave of a ‘Tribute to Atlantic Jazz’ who after over 6 years of being apart have revived the project and are now taking the original idea and concept to deeper depths. Still retaining its appealing soulful driving front line power combined with a dynamic and exciting rhythm section, expect to be taken on a journey further into the Atlantic Sound.

5.00 - 6.00pm Ben Beattie’s after midnight band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister
Saxophonist and pianist Ben Beattie’s compositions bring together an intriguing mix of atmospheric jazz, blue grooves and soulful ballads. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister joins Ben to play out the weekend.



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12th Suwalki Blues Festival 5th-8th July 2018


Friday, 06.07.2018, 9.40 p.m.
stage near the City Hall, Kościuszki St./Mickiewicza St., free admission

Saturday, 07.07.2018,  9.40 p.m.
stage near the City Hall,  Kościuszki St./Mickiewicza St., free admission

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE featuring very special guest BILLY F. GIBBONS (USA)
Saturday, 07.07.2018, 8.20 p.m.
stage in Konstytucji 3 Maja park, free admission

ØRGANEK i goście (PL)
Sunday, 08.07.2018, 8.00 p.m.
stage near the City Hall, Kościuszki St./Mickiewicza St., free admission

Friday, 06.07.2018, 8.30 p.m.
stage in Konstytucji 3 Maja park, free admission

Saturday, 07.07.2018, 7.10 p.m.
stage in Konstytucji 3 Maja park, free admission

Friday, 06.07.2018, 7.00 p.m.
stage near the City Hall, Kościuszki St./Mickiewicza St., free admission

Sunday, 08.07.2018, 6.30 p.m.
stage near the City Hall, Kościuszki St./Mickiewicza St., free admission

Thursday, 05.07.2018, 8:30 p. m.
A. Wajda Auditorium SOK, admission paid

Friday, 06.07.2018, 6.00 p.m.
stage in Konstytucji 3 Maja park, free admission

Saturday, 07.07.2018, 6.00 p.m.
stage in Konstytucji 3 Maja park, free admission

Plus more….

Friday 13th July 2018 & Saturday 14th July 2018

20th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2018Isle of Man

This is truly a year to celebrate the Big Wheel Blues Festival as it will be the 20th consecutive annual blues event: quite an achievement we think. We are returning to the Villa Marina over Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of July, hoping for some warmer weather. There will be two ticketed concerts in the Promenade Suite, doors open from 7.30pm, each night featuring three excellent acts covering, as always, a wide range of styles. 

In addition on the Saturday afternoon there will be a free outdoor stage in the Villa Marina gardens, showcasing some of the cream of local talent. If by any chance the weather is unkind the stage will transfer indoors to the Colonnade Suite. 

Do come along and support the festival and help us mark this anniversary. 

Huge thanks are in order to sponsor James Osborne Financial Services and Isle of Man Arts Council. 

Friday night opens with local band Loose Crew, a 5 piece good time band playing swing jump and boogie from the 1920s onwards, right up to more modern soulful blues classics. Next we have a very welcome return for acoustic roots and Americana masters Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra, great crowd pleasers. Headlining the night will be the Laurence Jones band, a real must-see for lovers of stellar guitar playing, Laurence being one of the very few top British exponents. 

Saturday night opens with New Orleans style piano maestro Dale Storr, arguably the foremost British artist of his genre, followed by the Elles Bailey Band, rootsy blues country and soulful rock crossover. Summed up by BBC 6Music simply as ‘the most incredible voice’. Bringing the festival to a climax will be the Marcus Malone Band, Marcus being hailed as Detroit’s finest rock/blues export, a supreme vocal stylist.

Ticket only event:  Available via the above website or phone: 01624 664460

Cahors Blues Festival - 14th - 18th July
Toulouse; France

20:30 - Rumble2Jungle (F)
21:15 - Steve Strongman (Can)
23:00 - Sanseverino (F)
Guest - Nico Duportal

21:00 - Toronzo Cannon (USA)
23:00 - Bette Smith (USA)

20:00 - International Mississippi Blues Trail Challenge
23:00 - Manu Lanvin & Friends (F)
Paul Personne (F)  Ladell McLin (US)  Aynsley Lister (UK)  JJ Thames (US)
Gaelle Buswell (F)  Diabolo (F)  Mike Latrell (UK)

21:00 - Paul Deslaurieres Band(Can)
23:00 - Eric Gales (US)



Friday 20th July to Sunday 22nd July 2018

In and around the Streets of Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

Three Main Stages, Nine fringe Stages and a Boat!

The Stumble
The Mentulls
The Quireboys
Jo Harman
Birmingham Community Gospel Choir
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
Bex Marshall Trio
Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla
The Black Feathers
Clare Free Band
Simon Honeyboy Hickling
Trevor “Babajack” Steger
Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings
Kris Barras
Robbie McIntosh
Rebecca Downes
Big Wolf Band
Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective
Adam Sweet Band
Stone Mountain Sinners
Dave Arcari
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
Robert J Hunter
Reverend Robert
Tom C Walker
Kingsize Slim



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Thursday 12th July   Friday 13th July   Saturday 14th July   Sunday 15th July

Dereham Blues Festival

PLEASE NOTE Inevitably there will be changes that are beyond our control. This webpage holds the most up to date information. Apart from the ticketed opening concert, all events are free to enter as bands are sponsored by venues.

Promotion Events featuring Snake Dance:
  2 June Gressenhall Fete 2.00pm -4.00pm
  6 July Tescos Dereham TBC pm - tbc pm
14 July Dereham Market Place. 11am- 1.00pm

Thursday 12th July 
7.30 pm ​(Doors open 6:30pm)  Opening Concert : The one and only Georgie Fame
Saltshaker - playing in the foyer 6.30-7.30pm
Dereham Memorial Hall
​Ticketed event

8:30 - 10:30pm Robin Bibi -  The Kings Head
​9:00 - 11:00pm   Egypt - The Cherry Tree
                  Metro House Jam Band -  The Metro
                  Stone Pony -  The Gemini

Friday 13th July  
6:00 - 8:00pm   Gin City -  The Kings Head
8:00 - 9:00pm ​  Yve Mary B and Mark Howes -  The George
9.00 - 11:00pm Blues Tubes -  Kings Head
                  ​After Hours - The Cherry Tree
                  Polymer 5 - The Bull
                  Four Play - The Gemini
                  Bo-Nidle -  DC’s Bar
                  3 Cornered Wheel -  The Royal Standard
                  Blues Business   -  Red Lion
                  ​DC Wilson Band - The Main Event
                  Cold Sweat -  The Old Eagle
9.30 - 11.30pm   Bad Day Blues Band -  The Metro
                  Blues Situation -  The George

Saturday 14th July
1:00 - 2:00pm   Blues Jamm Project -  Kings Head
                ​Polymer 5 -  Cherry Tree
                ​Bell Ayre -  The Bull
                Rhythm Travellers - ​The Royal Standard
                ​Ryk Mead & the London Blues Machine ​ -  The Main Event
1.45-2.45pm ​​ Don’t Lose Heart   -  Lou’s Juke Joint - The Metro
2:00-3:00pm Tom McCartney -  The Gemini
                ​Adenland - DCs Bar
                ​Automatic Annie -  The Station Platform
                ​Joe Goes Green -  The Red Lion
2:00-4:00pm Albert Cooper’s Blues and Boogie Band -  The George
3:00 - 4:00pm Polymer 5 -  The Kings Head
                Born Healer -The Cherry Tree
                Ryk Mead & the London Blues Machine -  The Bull
                Mogo -  The Royal Standard
                Ed and Laura - Lou’s Juke Joint - The Metro
​                The Rhythm Travellers - The Main Event
4:00 - 5:00pm Adenland -  The Gemini
                ​Tanya Piche -  DCs Bar
                ​Blues Jamm Project -  The Station Platform
4.15 - 5.15pm Yve Mary B -  Lou’s Juke Joint - The Metro
​4.30 - 5.30pm Joe Goes Green -  The George
5.00- 6.00pm ​Chris King Robinson -  The Kings Head
                ​Ray Fenwick and the Rest -  The Cherry Tree
                ​Tom McCartney -  The Bull
                ​Mojo Preachers Trio -  The Royal Standard
​                Against the Grain -  The Red Lion
​​                Mogo -  The Main Event
5.30 - 6.30pm Rough and Ready -  Lou’s Juke Joint - The Metro
​6.00 - 7.00pm Mark Harrison -  Lou’s Juke Joint - The Metro
​6.00 - 7.00pm Uncalled Four   -  The George​
7.00-8.00pm How Askew Band -  The Kings Head
​              Connor Selby Band - The Cherry Tree
              Cherry White -  The Bull
              Tanya Piche   -  The Gemini
              Mojo Preachers Trio -  DCs Bar
              ​​Ryk Mead and the London Blues Machine - The Royal Standard
​              Blues Situation -  Station Platform
​              Automatic Annie - The Main Event
​              Bell Ayre -  The Old Eagle
8.00-9.00pm ​Don’t Lose Heart -  Lou’s Juke Joint - The Metro
​7.30-8.30pm   Rough and Ready -  The George​
9:00-11:00pm Bo-Nidle -  The Kings Head
                Cherry White -  Cherry Tree
                Uncalled Four -  The Bull
                Blues Business -  The Gemini
                Blues Situation -  DCs Bar
                Paul Tinkler’s Part Time Blues Band -  Royal Standard
                Ray Fenwick and the Rest   -  The Station Platform
                Born Healer -  Red Lion
​                Chris King Robinson -  The George
​                Connor Selby Band -  The Main Event
​                Against The Grain -  The Old Eagle
9:30 -11:00pm ​How Askew Band -  The Metro

Sunday 15th July
1.00-3.00pm ​The Cruisers -  The Royal Standard
2.00-4.00pm Harpoon Blues Band -  The Bull​
              Goldrusha -  The George
2:00 - 5:00pm ​Norfolk Blues Society Blues Jam -  The King’s Head
3.00 -  5:00pm Egypt -  The Red Lion
3.00 -  8:00pm Stone Pony /Open band jam -  The Cherry Tree
4.00-6.00pm Mule -  The Main Event
​5.00-7.00pm ​Paul Tinkler’s Part Time Blues band ​ -  The George



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Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 19:30 –  Sun, 29 Jul 2018, 23:00 BST
The Civic Centre
TN22 1AE

Last year’s 5th anniversary festival was our most successful one to date with great feedback from the performing musicians and above all from you the festival fans. We have received great reviews from all including the music press, commenting on the quality of the acts and the friendly and welcoming nature of all those involved and long may it continue.

This year’s festival is no exception bringing you quality and variety throughout starting with our headline acts THE AYNSLEY LISTER BAND, CATFISH and THE HEIDI BURSON BAND. We have international acts from Italy and the USA, we have both young and old performers including Marcus Praestguard-Stevens ( Crossfire ) who has just turned 14 and Dick Middleton ( The Vincents ) who played with Gene Vincent and Johnny Hallyday and who is much older than 14 !! and we also have local musicians including Nigel Bagge and Beth Ellwood taking part.

We look forward to welcoming you all at the end of July.

The 48th Guiting Music Festival

20 July to 29 July 2018
For nearly half a century the Guiting Music Festival has been a delightful niche festival to enliven the Cotswolds’ summer calendar, bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz and Blues music by artists from around the world. In that time it has built up a strong band of very loyal supporters.

The festival is held in the beautiful and unspoilt Cotswold setting of Guiting Power, near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire’s Cotswold Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Guiting Music Festival is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, with tremendous support coming from our loyal band of long-standing Sponsors, Donors and Patrons. We always strive to keep ticket prices as low as possible.

Sun 29th - Open Air Blues Concert:-
Aynsley Lister Band
Rebecca Downes
Keith Thompson



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This is one I wished I was going too, stage time are a bit of a secret, as this is a free fest, it’s only far you buy a 5 quid programme (or the £3.50 download)
Two worthy mentions, I can tell you that Rebecca Downes is headlining the Friday night (10 pm) , with a new line up, New girl Tara Simms is taking over lead guitar duties while Steve Birkett does family wedding duties.  And, The Mentulls have a temp lead singer in the shape of John P Taylor. John is a great band leader and producer in his own right, a good catch by the Pipes (Mentulls family)


Friday 20th July to Sunday 22nd July 2018

In and around the Streets of Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

Three Main Stages, Nine fringe Stages and a Boat!

The Stumble
The Mentulls
The Quireboys
Jo Harman
Birmingham Community Gospel Choir
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
Bex Marshall Trio
Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla
The Black Feathers
Clare Free Band
Simon Honeyboy Hickling
Trevor “Babajack” Steger
Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings
Kris Barras
Robbie McIntosh
Rebecca Downes
Big Wolf Band
Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective
Adam Sweet Band
Stone Mountain Sinners
Dave Arcari
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
Robert J Hunter
Reverend Robert
Tom C Walker
Kingsize Slim


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Upwards of 20,000 music lovers are expected in Colne​, Lancashire​ this summer for The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2018.

The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne and Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars (also known as the festival ‘Roadhouse Venues’).

This beautiful town is an ideal location for an event of this kind, with one long ‘main’ street (closed to traffic) which hosts on-street entertainment, busking, pop-up DJs,​ incredible food stalls, a festival market, ​ a kids fun fair,​ real ale bars and more.

Each music venue is within easy reach of the main street, making this event not only Europe’s best contemporary blues festival, but also one-of- a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area.

Headliners this year include King King (winners of both Band of the Year and Album of the Year at the recent UK Blues Awards), M​y Baby​, Laurence Jones, Kyla Brox, Simon McBride and Connie ​Lush.

For the latest details about the festival, ​plus​ ticket links, please visit   http://www.bluesfestival.co.uk
Click a band/artist name via the ​handy A-Z band/venue matcher, to see which venue the artist is playing at​, on ​which day… and at what time ​: ​


New Stage for 2018

The Great British Rhythm & Blues festival are thrilled to announce their new stage for 2018.

The Mini Muni is an intimate 100 capacity Alternative Stage (situated on the lower ground floor of the Muni), where festival goers can expect to catch some of the most exciting, boundary-pushing blues artists on the current scene.

As Jason Elliot, Artistic Director explains, “Many of the artists playing the Mini Muni Alternative Stage are quite young; we’re hoping to help encourage the blues to be handed down from one generation to the next. It’s important that blues music isn’t ‘frozen in time’, and it’s vital to keep pushing the boundaries of the genre forwards. As long as the music connects with the soul and the musical framework has those key blues notes in it, then the evolution of the blues continues. We hope to have improvised and experimented with the genre, with an aim of bringing the most exciting and left-field acts to this years festival”.

The Mini Muni stage is open to all #festival wristband holders and is in addition to the musical offerings at the Little Theatre, the Muni & the Hippodrome.

There is a songwriting workshop (open to musicians and non-musicians alike) in this space too, which is free to wristband holders. Further information to follow.

Artists playing the stage over the course of the weekend include:
Mad Jack and The Hatters
Blues Boy Kings
The Mojo Preachers
King Size Slim
Richard Townend (+ songwriting workshop)
The Devil’s Jukebox
Calum Ingram
The Washboard Resonators
and more.

More info here:

Full Festival Line Ups

The 2018 festival headliners are:
King King, My Baby, Simon McBride, Laurence Jones,
Kyla Brox and Connie Lush.

The ticketed line ups - across the four main festival stages at the 2018 event - are listed here (by day):

Friday 25th August - Main Stages
Laurence Jones          
Connie Lush
Xander & The Pirates
Slack Alice
Guy Tortora                        

Saturday 26th August - Main Stages      
My Baby
Simon McBride            
Sam Kelly’s Station House
Rufus Black
The Wolves
Marcus Malone
Zoe Green Band  
Lisa Mills Band
Chris Corcoran Trio ft Katie Bradley
Charlotte Marshall & The 45s  
Backwater Roll
Robert J Hunter
Dan Burnett Band
J-Bear & The Giants

Saturday 26th August - Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Calum Ingram
Devils Jukebox
Mojo Preachers
Blues Boys Kings
Mad Jack & The Hatters
Washboard Resonators

Saturday 26th August - Little Theatre
Half Deaf Clatch
Jack J Hutchinson
Tom Doughty
Ged Wilson
Niall Kelly
Fran McGillvray & Mike Burke                        

Sunday 27th August - Main Stages
King King  
Kyla Brox  
Mike Vernon’s Mighty Combo
Lisa Mann    
Elles Bailey
The Johnny Max Band  
Adrian Gautrey          
Red Butler        
Delta Ladies
Trevor Sewell            
Michael Messer’s Mitra
Mike Ross Band          
Ruby & The Revelators

Sunday 27th August - Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Richard Townend (songwriting workshop) 
King Size Slim
The Savages

Sunday 27th August - Little Theatre
Becca Langsford
Michael Woods
Bella Collins
Benjamin Bassford
Trevor Babajack Steger

Roadhouse Venues

The festival ‘Roadhouses’ are 11 official venues situated across the town of Colne and are home to a myriad of free-to-enjoy events during the festival bank holiday weekend of 24th – 26th August.

The venues – The 12 Bar Cafe * Carlo’s Italian Restaurant * The Crown Hotel * The Dressers * Duke of Lancaster * Colne Royal British Legion * The Admiral Lord Rodney * Colne and Nelson Rugby Club * The Union Exchange * The Venue * Tubbs – are host to LOADS of fabulous live shows…

Full line ups (and on-stage times) can be viewed via each venue, click here:
Roadhouse Venues

Tickets are available via this link:



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Notodden Blues Festival (Norway) 2nd - 5th August

ONSDAG (Wednesday) 1. AUGUST 2018
J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters:  Heddal Stavkirke:  19:00
Little Steven Blues School:  Club Teledølen:  20:00
Union Bluesband:  Club Teledølen:  21:00
SUGARAY RAYFORD BAND   Club Teledølen:  22:00
Oddbjørn Holla med venner   Bellman:  22:00
The Jelly Roll Men   Club Teledølen:  23:00 Billett:
The BigBlue   Club Teledølen:  00:00

TORSDAG (Thursday) 2. AUGUST 2018
Oddbjorn Holla og The Boots Band:  Bok- og blueshuset, ute:  11:00
Jailhouse Stage;  Jailhouse Stage:  12:00
Master Class Drum Clinic: Bernard Purdie:  Bok- og blueshuset:  14:00
Festivalaapning:  Hovigs Hangar:  18:00
Ry Cooder:  Hovigs Hangar:  21:00
The Boots Band:  Bellman:  22:00
Knut Reiersrud Band:  Hovigs Hangar:  23:00
SUGARAY RAYFORD BAND:  Hovigs Hangar:  00:45

The Jelly Roll Men:  Barrikaden Blueskro:  12:00
Roosterhouse Gumbo Band:  Bellman:  12:00
Unionscupen:  Bok- og blueshuset:  12:00
Talking Blues:  Bok- og blueshuset:  13:00
Audun Haukvik Folk & Bluesstage:  13:00
Daniel Eriksen og Stig Sjøstrøm på MS Storegut   Verdensarv Cruise på MS Storegut:  13:00
Talking Blues: Blue & Purdie:  Bok- og blueshuset:  13:00
Bekken & Gjems Trio:  Bluescruise:  14:00
Elly :  Folk & Bluesstage:  14:15
Talking Blues:  Bok- og blueshuset:  15:00
Caravan Blues Band:  Barrikaden Blueskro:  15:30
Lowell “Banana” Levinger;  Folk & Bluesstage:  15:30
J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters:  Hovigs Hangar:  15:45
Bekken & Gjems Trio:  Bluescruise:  16:00
Doug MacLeod:  Folk & Bluesstage:  16:45
Rita Engedalen med band, gjest Margit Bakken:  Hovigs Hangar:  17:00
Hat Fitz & Cara:  Folk & Bluesstage 18:00
Jon Cleary:  Hovigs Hangar 18:30
Bonnie Raitt:  Hovigs Hangar:  20:30
The Ragtime Rumours:  Club Teledølen:  20:45
Notodden Blues Band:  Bellman:  21:00
Amund Maarud & Lucky Lips:  Bok- og blueshuset:  22:15
Barbara Blue & Bernard “Pretty” Purdie:  Club Teledølen:  22:30
Popa Chubby:  Hovigs Hangar:  22:30
Funclub:  Bellman:  23:30
Southern Avenue:  Club Teledølen:  00:15
THE WELCH LEDBETTER CONNECTION:  Bok- og blueshuset:  00:15
Ana Popovic:  Hovigs Hangar:  00:15

LØRDAG (Saturday) 4. AUGUST 2018
Reloaded:  Barrikaden Blueskro:  12:00
Little Steven Blues School:  Bok- og blueshuset:  12:00
Oddbjorn Holla og The Boots Band:  Bok- og blueshuset, ute:  12:00
Talking Blues:  Bok- og blueshuset:  13:00
Rev John:  Bluescruise:  13:00:
Jon Solberg og Anders Røine:  Folk & Bluesstage:  13:00
Barbara Blue & Bernard “Pretty” Purdie:  Hovigs Hangar:  14:00
Unionscupen:  Bok- og blueshuset 14:00
Norske menn i hus og hytte:  Folk & Bluesstage:  14:15:
Quiz, prat og musikk:  Barrikaden Blueskro:  14:30
Rev John:  Bluescruise:  15:00
Talking Blues:  Bok- og blueshuset:  15:00
Talking Blues: Welch & Ledbetter:  Bok- og blueshuset 15:00
Hat Fitz & Cara:  Folk & Bluesstage;  15:25
Southern Avenue:  Hovigs Hangar:  15:30
Rolf Raddis Band:  Barrikaden Blueskro:  15:30
Dana Fuchs og Jon Diamond:  Folk & Bluesstage:  16:45
Adam Douglas:  Hovigs Hangar:  17:00
Rev John:  Bluescruise Tid:  17:00:
Blue Mood Labelmates:  Folk & Bluesstage:  18:00
Oslo Gospel Choir:  Notodden Kirke:  18:00
VINTAGE TROUBLE:  Hovigs Hangar:  20:30
Ronnie Jacobsen:  Bok- og blueshuset;  20:30
Lowell “Banana” Levinger & The Euphoria 4:  Club Teledølen:  20:30
Notodden Blues Band:  Bellman:  21:00
JOAKIM TINDERHOLT & HIS BAND:  Club Teledølen;  22:15
Roffe Wikström;  Bok- og blueshuset:  22:15
Govt Mule:  Hovigs Hangar:  22:30
Funclub:  Bellman 23:30
The Norwegian Soulband:  Club Teledølen:  00:15
King King:  Bok- og blueshuset:  00:15
Dana Fuchs & The Amy Winehouse Horn Section:  Hovigs Hangar:  00:30

Ingebjørg Bratland:  Hovigs Hangar 12:00

North Wales Blues & Soul Festival 2018:  Mold - 3rd - 5th August

Friday 3rd:-
Burning Black

Saturday 4th:-
Elles Bailey
Alexis Evans
The Revolutionaires
Dale Storr
Greg Coulson
Colin Hinds Band
John Verity Band

Sunday 5th:-
Liam Ward & Benjamin Bassford
Chris King Robinson
Mr Hugh Price
Delta Radio
James Hunter Six

Rauma Blues 2018 järjestetään perinteisesti elokuun toisena viikonloppuna (traditionally held on the second weekend of August)  10.-11.8.

33rd Rauma Blues Fest 2018
Rauma: Finland

Sugaray Rayford
Guitar Slim Jr.
Annika Chambers
J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters
Slim Butler & The Slimcuts
Dave Forestfield
Micke, Lefty & Chef
Eero Raittinen
Mika Kuokkanen


The Radford Mill Festival of Rhythm & Blues Sat. 11th Aug
Bath’s newest festival set in the idyllic riverside venue of Radford Mill Farm

2018 Line-up: 


Early bird ticket discounts: go to

Radford Mill Farm, Radford (near Timsbury) BA2 0QF





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Bush Blues ‘18

The Old Bush; Callow End; Worcestershire   17th, 18th, 19th Aug.

Northsyde; Kyle & Shaw; The Bush Pilots; Zoe Green; Greg Coulson; Robert J Hunter; Jerry Jablonski;
The Sepia swing Show Twins; Martin Harley; Spikedrivers; Reverend Ferriday; Crossfire;
Stone Mountain Sinners; Mike D’Abo; The New Amen Corner; Troy Redfern; Five Field Holler; Paddy Maguire;
Jon Walsh; Elles Bailey; Catfish; Adam Sweet; Cryin’ Out Loud; Supernove; Steve Brooks; Br Blu;
MC - Jules Benjamin


Blues For The People - Wespelaar; Belgium 17- 18 - 19 August

Friday August 17th
19:00 - 20:15 - Black Cat Biscuit (B)
20:45 - 22:15 - Melody Angel (USA)
22:45 - 00:15 - Ten Years After (UK)

Saturday August 18th
13:30 - 14:30 - Hoodoo Monks (NL)
15:00 - 16:00 - The Ragtime Rumours (NL)
16:30 - 17:30 - Matthew Skoller (USA)
18:00 - 19:00 - Elles Bailey (UK)
19:30 - 20:45 - Guitar Slim Jr (USA)
21:15 - 22:30 - Guy King (USA)
23:00 - 00:30 - The Temperance Movement (UK)

Sunday August 19th
13:30 - 14:30 - Hat Fitz & Cara (AUS)
15:00 - 16:15 - Nick Dittmeyer (USA)
16:45 - 18:00 - Andy J Forest Swamp Crawlers (USA)
18:30 - 19:45 - Catfish (UK)
20:15 - 21: 30 - Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy (USA)
22:00 - 23:30 - Sugaray Rayford (USA)




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Edinburgh Blues & Rock festival 2018

22nd September - 2pm - 11pm   Edinburgh Corn Exchange

Ten Years After

Back together by popular demand on their 50th anniversary and touring behind a new album released last summer. Their now legendary encore, I’m Going Home performed at Woodstock in ‘69 was captured on film and exposed their jazz, blues, rock amalgam to a large audience who were blown away by the intensity of the band’s performance when the Academy Award winning documentary was released. The word legend is often overused, with these guys it’s and undeniable status.

Dana Fuchs

Dana Fuchs is a phenomenon, a singer whose mesmerising voice and presence has led critics to compare her to rock legends from Janis to Jagger. Perhaps Stereophile Magazine said it best, ‘Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin, backed by a higher energy version of the late 60’s Rolling Stones….Rock n’ Roll doesn’t get any better.’

The Rising Souls

A dynamic soulful rock band, their music is a punchy and intoxicating amalgamation of rock and soul. Think meaty riffs. Think intricate grooves. Think soaring vocals. Think if Led Zepplin had a love affair with Aretha Franklin.  After touring the festival circuit hard in both the UK and Europe, ‘The Rising Souls’ make a triumphant hometown return in 1 of only 2 Scottish shows this year.

Mitch Laddie

Marked for greatness at an early age by blues behemoth Walter Trout, ‘Mitch Laddie’ has been honing his virtuoso guitar playing on the big stage since being signed to Provogue Records at 17. He brings his acclaimed band and searing yet infectious groove to Edinburgh as part of his Autumn UK tour.

The Jenson Interceptors

‘The Jenson Interceptors’ are one of the most authentic and exciting blues bands to hit the scene in recent years. Playing a classic blues style and fronted by harmonica ace Gary Martin, the band tear through a mix of interpretations of songs by the likes of Slim Harpo/Little Walter/T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters as well as original material.

Charlotte Marshall and the 45s

Hot of the press, this sizzling seven-piece groove band brings in a distinctive flavour of retro to the roots scene. In an explosion of modern sound delivered both musically and lyrically with flair and sardonic wit, Charlotte Marshall and the 45’s are set to make an indelible mark on the blues and roots scene and thier scorching live shows leaves a dedicated following begging for more.

The Edinburgh Blues ‘N’ Rock Festival is an unmissable slice of blues and rock action. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this collection of stellar acts in one of the festival city’s highlight events.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at Tickets Scotland on Rose Street, Edinburgh.



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Carlisle Blues Rock Festival

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th Sept

Venue: The Crown & Mitre Hotel, English St, Carlisle, CA3 8HZ

Friday 28th September 2018

Doors 6.30pm, first band STARTS at 7pm, last band FINISHES at midnight.


Chris Bevington Organisation

Elles Bailey

Ian Siegal Band

Saturday 29th September 2018

Doors 12 noon, first band STARTS at 12.30pm, last band FINISHES at midnight.

Deke McGee Band

The Rainbreakers

The Stumble


Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado


Venue: The Old Fire Station, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP

Sunday 30th September 2018 (Special 10th Anniversary Session)

Doors 12.15pm, first band STARTS at 1pm, last band FINISHES at 5.45pm

Tom JJ Band

Malone Sibun Band

Todd Sharpville Band featuring special guest from the USA Wayne Baker Brooks






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Darlington Market Square R’n'B Festival 2018

NINE BELOW ZERO 3:00pm to 4:00pm
CONNIE LUSH BAND 1:45pm to 2:45pm
MIDNITE JOHNNY BAND 12:30pm to 1:30pm

New for 2018 - THE RIVERSIDE STAGE [behind Town Hall]
THE GROOVEAMATICS [5:00pm - 6:00pm]
PAT McMAHON BAND [3:30pm - 4:30pm]
MOJO HAND BAND [2:00pm - 3:00pm]



The Emma Wilson Band [1:45pm - 3:30pm], Soul Addiction [5:00pm - 6:45pm].

THE BOOT ‘N’ SHOE [Market Square]
Oil City Shakers [2:30pm - 4:15pm].

THE HOLE IN THE WALL [Market Square]
Kindred Spirit [2:30pm - 4:15pm].

Steve Dixon Band [2:00pm - 3:45pm], Mojo Roller [5:15pm - 7:00pm], George Shovlin & The Radars [8:00pm - 9:45pm].

Gary Grainger [4:30pm - 6:15pm].

DC Blues Band [6:00pm - 7:45pm].

HOSKINS BAR [Blackwellgate]
East Coast Mainline [6:00pm - 7:45pm].

AVALON [Blackwellgate]
The Graham Henderson Experience [8:30pm - 10:15pm].

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

VOODOO CAFE [Skinnergate]
Trevor Sewell [3:00pm - 4:30pm], Dean Newton Trio [5:30pm - 7:00pm], Outside In [8:00pm - 9:30pm].

BAR NUMBER ONE [Skinnergate]
D V D [7:00pm - 8:45pm].

Two Blue Band [7:00pm - 8:45pm].

THE QUAKERHOUSE [Mechanics Yard]
Benjamin Bassford Band [2:00pm - 4:00pm], Jack J. Hutchinson All Stars [5:00pm - 7:00pm], The Boneshakers [8:30pm - 10:30pm]

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