26th Swanage Blues Festival will be held October 6, 7, 8, 9 2016 in Swanage, England
Swanage Blues Festival

3 Buck Shirt, Anita Jardine, Assorted Buskers, Backwater Roll Blues Band, Blue Touch, Catfish, Chicago 9, Dan Sowerby, Darrington, Budden & Hokum, Fabulous Fezheads, Grand Finale, Great West Groove, Hugh Budden, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, John McClean & The Clan, LedFree, Lewis Cohen, Northsyde, Open Mic Sessions hosted by Anita Jardine, Pete Harris and..., Ray Drury, Red Butler, Red River Hogs, Riverside Blues Band, Robert Hokum, Robin Bibi Band, Stan's Blues Jamboree, Steve Darrington, Swanage Skiffle Kings, Teed Up, The Baroness and The Bear, The Blues Duo - Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt, The Blues Issue, The Elevators, The Jawbreakers, The Milk Men, The Mustangs, The RedCrow, The Riotous Brothers, The Tom Seals Band, The Wang Dang Doodle, Tommy Allen’s Trafficker, Voodoo Sheiks, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, 3 Buck Shirt

Dates Playing: Saturday afternoon

Website: www.3buckshirt.com

Dynamic and varied Blues from Swamp to Swing, heavily improvised and played with soul!

Anita Jardine

Dates Playing: Fri, Sat, Sun

Website: https://facebook.com/anitasingsthblues

A CLASSICALLY trained pianist and veteran songwriter, Anita took to the guitar like a duck to water in recent years and has rocked the not so free world ever since. Her worldwide appearances have led to musical connections being forged at large in USA, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Bali and… Swanage.

Anita will be hosting the Open Mic sessions at the Red Lion on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and warming up the crowds with some of her original blues.

"Absolutely unique, she has presence and charisma. Great vocals, original song writing and inimitable style." Stuart Carter-Smith, Gypsy Fire

"Very funny and sharp observations on life" Kevin Hewick, The Musician

Assorted Buskers

Dates Playing: Various

The situation regarding Buskers playing on the railway station platform is being reviewed. The sheer number of buskers and the audience they attract is a cause for concern. More news as we know more ourselves.

Backwater Roll Blues Band

Dates Playing: Saturday evening

Website: https://goo.gl/EBJ685

BACKWATER ROLL are a powerful high energy harmonica driven 6 piece blues band based in Southampton, Collectively as BACKWATER ROLL and individually in other projects have in the past opened up for Major acts like ERIC CLAPTON, THE HOAX, JON AMOR, WELL HUNG HEART, AYNSLEY LISTER, DEBORAH BONHAM, MEMO GONZALES AND THE BLUESCASTERS, MICHAEL KATON, POPA CHUBBY, MATT SCHOFIELD, OLI BROWN, VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS, IAN SIEGAL, THE NIMMO BROTHERS & Guitarist KIRK FLETCHER.

The new live album “ Backwater Roll – LIVE at the Platform” has had a huge amount of radio play since the release in November 2014 including twice on Radio Solent and album being in the IBBA’s Top 25 for 3 months running with a best spot of number 5 in its first month of release. AND a Rolling 6 month position of 31.

The band have also just recently put on a private SELL OUT fundraising gig for a little girl with Spina Bifida and raised over £7,500.

Barry Pethers has just joined us on Bass to replace our long standing Bass player Reggie Winslade. Barry is very well known on the UK & European Blues scene for his work with young stars Ben Poole and Laurence Jones, We are looking forward to a very busy time playing new venues and festivals in the UK and Europe.

The new Live album featuring our very special guest Jesse Davey from The Hoax is due out in January 2016 which will be followed up in July 2016 with a live recording with Jon Amor From The Hoax.

The Band are as follows…

Miff Smith – Harmonica & Vocals

Deano Matthias – Guitar

Louis Matthias – Guitar

Barry Pethers – Bass

Richard Stickler - Keys

Chris Pope – Drums

Blue Touch

Dates Playing: Saturday evening

Website: www.bluetouch.info/

BLUE TOUCH are delighted to be invited once again to the Swanage Blues Festival, and look forward to meeting friends both old and new

The captivating Andrea Maria on vocal duties has been described in BluesMatters! magazine as “making Madonna look like a virgin”. Andrea has been singing and performing for many years and her stunning stage presence never fails to impress.

On drums, the rock powerhouse that is Hugh Lawrenson ... In the past Hugh has toured extensively throughout Europe, South Africa and the Middle East, and always enjoys our trips to Swanage.

Alan Cleaves has been playing guitar for longer than he cares to remember - and also sings a bit. Despite being rarely spotted without a Les Paul, Alan has far too many guitars!

Also on guitar and vocals, Neil Sadler has had a long career as both a professional musician and the proprietor of a recording studio. Neil somehow makes the astonishing seem easy...

Merv Griffin on bass is a founder member of the band who often seems to have lurid coloured strings on his guitar but still seems to make the right sort of noise!

The band plays at many clubs, festivals and other events with a range of blues and rock providing different interpretations to suit, but it’s always a dynamic stage show.

2016 sees the release of their latest CD, which for the first time consists entirely of Blue Touch originals, all with the unmistakable Blue Touch....touch. We hope to see you over the weekend, please come and say hello!



Dates Playing: Sunday afternoon

Website: www.catfishbluesband.co.uk/

CATFISH came crashing onto the blues scene at the start of 2015 with their debut album So Many Roads going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts after being taken to the hearts of the internet’s blues radio stations.

“… rock steady rhythm section of Dusty Bones, Kevin Yates, add to that one of the finalists in this year's keyboard player category of the British Blues Awards Paul Long and you've already got the foundation of a great band....and the icing on the cake a scorching, heartfelt, emotion drenched set from uber guitar talent, Matthew Long - this young man is going to go a long way…” (Tony Corner, Radio DJ Blues Corner)

Just 9 months after their first ever gig, they received two nominations in the 2015 British Blues Awards (emerging artist and keyboards), and followed that recently with three nominations in 2016 (band of the year, young artist for Matt Long and keyboards again for Paul) after the release of their BB King tribute EP ‘When BB Sings the Blues’. This also spent two months at no 5 in the IBBA airplay chart and had excellent reviews.

“A captivating release from an immensely talented band and in Matthew Long they clearly have a star of the future in their midst, proving that contemporary Blues is in the safe hands of the next generation.” – Nigel Foster

In addition to the breathtaking guitar, stunning vocals and the tight musicianship of the band on the album, the key to the success of both the album and EP was undoubtedly the superb recording quality. Paul Long (keyboards and vocals) has been a recording engineer and live music producer all his working life and was able to bring all his experience to producing both. Work has already started on album no. 2 which is mostly original material but will also include one cover, the showstopping ‘Make it Rain’ written by Foy Vance.

Catfish have played many of the major festivals in the past 12 months including Bluesfest at the 02 on Matt’s 21st birthday last November. They have many more to come this year all over the country including Maryport in Cumbria, Bluesrockfest in Kent, Blues in the City in Essex and they will be opening the blues stage at Cambridge Rock Festival. They will also be playing at a number of major blues clubs across the country.

Catch them if you can.


Chicago 9

Dates Playing: Saturday afternoon

Website: www.chicago9.webs.com

THE one and only time Chicago 9 have previously graced the Swanage Blues Festival they pulled out in dramatic style with just 2 days to go, only to reinstate themselves 24hrs later following, the safe but slightly earlier than expected, arrival of identical twins. As a result of a routine surgical procedure the band can categorically state that this drama will not be repeated this year.

Chicago 9’s set ricochets its way through every blues based music style fathomable. “Cos that’s the way they like it”. Needless to say their influences are many and varied and it’s anyone’s guess what’s coming next - “It keeps the band on their toes and the punters at the shows”.

Band Trivia:

Elrad - Instrument: Drums and hums

Likes: Planes, hair softening products, the 1970s

Elrad Super Fact: Elrad knows someone else called Elrad!!

Steve – Instrument: Guitars and yelps

Likes: Beer, Guitars, Beer, Guitars, Beer, Guitars…

Steve Super Fact: Steve cannot drink 10 pints of London Pride in a session. It’s nearer 14 but no one else has been sober enough to quantify the real figure.

Another Steve Super Fact: Steve once had a rooster called Wilco

Melv – Instrument: Bass and baritone burbles

Likes: Beer & Darts, Whittling, old mechanical things, Pork Scratchings, fixing things, Chicago House Music and Electro Funk beats

Melv Super Fact: Melv hasn’t heard of Facebook (yeah, right!!)

Ian – Instrument: Harps and hollers

Likes: Making the rest of the guys play songs that they’re not sure will go down well.

Ian Super Fact: Ian once shouted at George Melly from a moving train, bumped into (literally) Kevin Keegan in Covent Gardens and played God Save The Queen, on a harmonica, on Radio 4. All on the same day!!



Dan Sowerby

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Sunday evening

Website: www.dansowerby.com

"FINALIST in the UK wide search for the best new blues talent: New Brunswick Battle of the Blues"

The Dan Sowerby Band set is a wonderful blues ride from seriously upbeat, rocking and dancing blues to those real soulful 'bring down the volume' moments that get everyone's hair standing up. Dan performs on both resonator slide guitar and the standard electric guitar and is backed by Matt Paull on double bass and Ben Coley on drums. Whilst only a three piece they pull off a big electric blues sound! The band material is a mix of Dan's own amazing array of songs and many carefully chosen blues covers given the Sowerby treatment!

Reaching no. 8 in the IBBA blues chart, the 2013 album Milestone showcases Dan's songwriting talents in this all original mix of blues, rock and a touch of folk. It features Dan's band with some brilliant guest appearances from Ray Drury (Keys) and Hugh Budden (Harmonica).

Before making a name for himself on the blues circuit Dan cut his teeth working as a guitarist for other artists. Some unusual highlights include playing for soul legend The Drifters and playing in bands supporting acts including Katie Melua and The Manfreds. But now, using all this experience and leading his own band, Dan solely follows his own true passion; the blues.

“The set was hugely impressive" - Blues in the South

“Not only is Dan a great song writer but he is an exceptional guitarist” - Music Unbuttoned

"...a beautiful slow smouldering blues, lovely soulful guitar and some excellent piano from Ray Drury, I like this track; it takes me right back to the early blues scene in Britain back in the 60's, from the likes of John Mayall and Fleetwood Mac" - Blues in Britain (on the song 'Moan n Wail')



Darrington, Budden & Hokum

Dates Playing: Thursday evening, Sunday afternoon

Festival Organiser Steve Darrington, Hugh Budden and Robert Hokum traditionally open the festival on Thursday evening with fun songs, anecdotes and humour. Also see Swanage Skiffle Kings.

Fabulous Fezheads

Dates Playing: Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening

Website: www.fezheads.com

Under the watchful eye of Father Ken, the Fabulous Fezheads blend a mixture of Dance, Danger and Music that will Astound, Astonish and Amuse.

They've appeared at both Swanage Blues festivals every year since 2007 and will be rocking the Red Lion Saturday evening.

Other notable appearances include 23 consecutive years at the Rochester Sweeps Festival, Glastonbury twice including 3 stage shows, 14 years at the Wimborne Folk Festival, The Festival of Horror San Sabstian, Spain, 10 consecutive years at Guilfest, over 40 appearances at Saracens Rugby Club, Vicarage Road and twice at Twickenham Stadium. There are too many more to list here.

Their new album "Busking in Benghazi" is out now.

Grand Finale

Dates Playing: Sunday evening

Grand Finale: a “Spirit of '62” session. Robert Hokum (guitar/vocals), Hugh Budden (harmonica/vocals), Steve King (bass), Paul White (drums), Dan Sowerby (guitar) will perform a set inspired by the music which kicked off the British Blues scene in 1962. Plus 'special guests'.

Great West Groove

Dates Playing: Saturday and Sunday

Website: www.thegreatwestgroove.com

Blues Matters magazine called them: "Tasty, Witty & Tuneful".

With the journey to many of their gigs beginning on Brentford’s Great West Road – that’s where the band took their name from. With acoustic instruments, basic percussion and a Mississippi Stomp Box – ‘minimalism’ is the word.

Their debut 3 track CD, recorded in Brentford and mixed in Ealing, features the original ‘Why The Hell Wasn’t I Born Rich!’ (a catchphrase for our times!), a stompin’ take on the Clovers’ ‘Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash’ and another original, ‘In Trouble Again’ – a reflection on misspent youth.

The idea is to play Blues & Roots based music which is highly rhythmic, artistically valid but delivered with a sense of humour. Using a ‘minimalist’ semi-acoustic format so that the band can perform just about anywhere.

ROBERT HOKUM: Acoustic Guitar / vocals. Bluesmaster, Funkateer, Master of Wit and Repartee, Global Groover and custodian of British Blues heritage. He has performed for Royalty, prison inmates, bikers, the chattering classes and the hoi polloi in venues as diverse as museums, shopping precincts and the Dog and Duck. You may have seen or heard him in the occasional ad or radio show. He was asked to audition for 'The Voice' but a chap has to preserve his artistic integrity........ As a songwriter, all his songs are based on personal experience or downright lies - the listener can decide which. Blues in Britain of Oct 2014 described him as 'a hard act to follow'...........

STEVE KING: Acoustic Bass guitar / backing vocals. Pro Bass player and Teacher. Studied music at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland and later wrote and published "Head To Head, Aerobics for Electric Bass". Following excellent reviews "Head to Head" rapidly became one of the all time best selling UK bass teaching books.

PAUL WHITE: Percussion / backing vocals. Paul holds a doctorate in Mesozoic taxidermy, specialising in Pterodactyls. He has a keen interest in toast and his favorite preserve is apricot. Why is edam different from other cheeses I hear you ask? Well, that's because it’s made backwards. Paul's other interest include egregious badgers, onomatopoeia and cross-stitch.


‘Tasty. Witty & Tuneful.’ BLUES MATTERS, APRIL 2016 CD review

‘.....their stripped back semi-acoustic format allowed both gritty echt vocals and guitar skills to shine on both covers and superb originals like 'Walking The 4020' (that's the Uxbridge Road not a shotgun) and the sardonic, witty, 'Why the Hell Wasn't I Born Rich?' BLUES IN BRITAIN, SEPT 2015 review of the Ealing Blues Festival.







For further info, contact: Robert Hokum.


Hugh Budden

Dates Playing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Website: www.hughbudden.com

A great singer/harmonica player, Hugh will be starting off the festival with Robert Hokum and Steve Darrington for 'An Evening With...' at The Legion on Thursday. He is also the Master of Ceremonies/Artist in Residence/ Floor Manager at the Grand Hotel all weekend, and will be sitting in with bands on occasions.

Hugh started playing blues harmonica relatively late in life compared to the vast majority, having been inspired by seeing “9 Below Zero” at Reading Rock festival. Before long he was playing with the newly formed band “The Producers” who went on to become British Blues Band of the year many times. These days he performs with some of the most respected musicians in the South playing across the spectrum of blues styles, not forgetting Jazz, Country and Indie music. This is hardly surprising as he cites Kim Wilson, Howard Levy and the late Norton Buffalo as his Harmonica Heroes. Hugh has performed with or supported many legends of the Blues and Rock scene in many European countries as well as New Zealand, The Middle East and the Caribbean - which may explain his taste for loud shirts and shoes!

Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band

Dates Playing: Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon

Website: goo.gl/ct27t3

Jam Sessions will be hosted by the Robin Bibi Band at Bar One on Saturday afternoon and The Legion on Sunday afternoon for the October Festivals. Check in with Robin at the Jam Sessions, drummers bring own sticks.

John McClean & The Clan

Dates Playing: Saturday afternoon

Website: https://www.facebook.com/JohnMcCleanMusic

JOHN was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He formed his first band in 1976 and has worked on many musical projects since, eventually travelling to the UK with the "Early Days Blues Band" in 1998.

Currently based in South London and performing around the UK, "John McClean and The Clan" are:

His son Ben on drums, his wife Jennie, Big Al on guitar and Liberty from Burundi on bass (almost a family band).

"John is a highly acclaimed singer and guitarist who sings from the heart and has an extraordinary hold on an audience. His warmth and conviction exude from the stage whenever he plays". (Goose is Out)

"The magical blend of mighty vocals, solid grooves and lively energy, will raise the hair on the back of your neck"

So bring your dancin' shoes... you will want to move.


Dates Playing: Sunday evening

Website: www.facebook.com/ledfreeband

LEDFREE are proud to have performed at the Swanage Blues Festival three times, since they burst onto the scene in August 2013. If you haven't seen them yet, close your eyes and fly over to New York's Madison Square Garden - 1973, and sail to 1970's Isle of Wight Festival where Led Zeppelin and Free are slaying massive audiences with their intoxicating high powered rock and blues.

All Right Now, Whole Lotta Love, My Brother Jake, Kashmir, Wishing Well, Stairway to Heaven....are just a few of the gems LedFree serve to perfection with the same, classic, 4 piece lineup of the two mighty bands they respectfully and excitedly replay before their fans. LedFree look forward to seeing you there.

photo by Paul Dubbelman

Lewis Cohen

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening

Website: www.lewiscohen.co.uk

Lewis has a become a firm favourite amongst lovers of country blues and acoustic roots music. His live performances cover a vast range of styles and material, from gutsy Mississippi Hill Country blues to guitar arrangements of Appalachian fiddle tunes. A consummate interpreter, Lewis uses his hugely versatile vocal skills and deft guitar work (incorporating fingerpicking, flatpicking and bottleneck) to bring his own style to classic songs by the likes of Charley Patton and Muddy Waters, whilst also delivering surprising adaptations of songs originally from outside the blues and roots canon.

'A fine blues guitarist' - Robin Denslow, The Guardian

'Lewis really understands the music that he plays' - Michael Messer


Dates Playing: Sunday evening

Website: www.northsyde.co.uk/

Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album "Still" was released in 2006 to fine reviews, and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, and growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues - their follow up album "Mercy's Medicine" was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim.

The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis". Playing guitar for the band is her husband, Jules Fothergill. The Fothergills first met as band members of the erstwhile UK blues scene mainstay, Roadhouse, but soon decided to branch out on their own. Jules called on old friends Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle to join on Bass and Drums respectively, as they had played together in several London based bands and forged a strong relationship already. Ian's unusual style (he's left handed, and strings the bass upside-down) and Hayden's forceful grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit.

With each member of the band having unique and diverse influences, their style is eclectic, but identifiable. A heady mix of soulful Blues, shaking Funk, and Zep-style riffing, it has been best described as what you'd get from "Stanley Clarke strapped to the front of a Intercity 125 with Janis Joplin driving." - while not fitting into an easily defined pigeon-hole, sampling their music live is usually the best introduction.

Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals to playing smaller support slots: from Guilfest to Maryport Blues Festival, London's Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival, Supporting Joe Bonamassa to playing many festivals in Europe.

Open Mic Sessions hosted by Anita Jardine

Dates Playing: Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon

Website: www.facebook.com/swanagebluesopenmic

The Open Mic Sessions are held at the Red Lion from 2 - 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 1 - 4pm on Sunday. Slots are not booked in advance.
Book in with Anita Jardine, host of the Open Mic sessions, on the day - turn up early if you can to avoid disappointment. 1.30pm on Saturday might still be OK.

Pete Harris and...

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Sunday evening

Website: www.peteharrisblues.com

PETE Harris & Jon Vaughan - duo on Friday evening and Sunday evening; Pete Harris R&B All Stars on Saturday afternoon.

“Pete Harris is a baaad man!” (Mojo Buford)

Enjoy an irresistible blend of Uptown Blues and Old-School R&B with singer/guitarist Pete Harris, piano/organ maestro Ray Drury (also of the Producers), saxophone ace Paul Tasker, and Pete's regular solid and swinging rhythm section: Bob Manley (bass) and Steve Groves (drums). Mike Torr replaces Ray Drury on Friday evening. Their recently released album "Live at the Talking Heads" was described by revered Blues writer and reviewer Norman Darwen as "Some of the best pure Blues to come out of Britain for a long while".

Pete has been active on the South Coast blues scene for over thirty years. With the Bob Pearce Blues Band he gigged extensively in England and Europe, recording a “live” album on the prestigious Blue Horizon label. He has subsequently led various incarnations of the Pete Harris Blues Band, recognised as one of the leading blues bands on the South Coast. Pete has performed on stage with many American blues artistes, notably Phil Guy, (brother of Buddy Guy), Lowell Fulson, Tabby Thomas, Gene “Mighty Flea” Connors, Mojo Buford (ex Muddy Waters Band), Byther Smith, Carrie and Lurrie Bell, Lazy Lester and Jerry McCain. He has gigged throughout the UK and in France, Belgium, Switzerland and New Zealand. He has appeared on BBC Television, Southampton TV, Portsmouth TV and many times on local and national radio.

“To find a better blues guitarist than Pete Harris you would probably have to go to Chicago” (Southampton Jazz Society)

“Pete......is a lead guitar player of deceptive skill and emotional depth. His playing appeals to the head and to the feet.” (Blueprint)

On Friday and Sunday evening Pete will be performing in a duo with Jon Vaughan.

Jon Vaughan is widely regarded as one of the leading young harmonica players on the Blues scene, playing with great feeling, tone and creativity. His style is reminiscent of the Chicago Blues greats such as Big Walter Horton and Little Walter Jacobs. Having established his reputation with Bristol-based Blues band the Mean Red Spiders, he has been performing with Pete for the last four years, either in duo format or with the Pete Harris Blues Band.

Together Pete and Jon produce a heady and exciting mix of goodtime Blues and Ragtime with a hint of Gospel and Americana.

Ray Drury

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening

Website: www.raydrury.co.uk

SELF-taught from the age of 9 on a spinet organ, Ray progressed to playing keyboards in his first band at the age of 17 cutting his teeth on Motown, Soul and Stax music.

During this era, Ray played many gigs supporting named acts such as Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Edwin Starr, David Ruffin and Geno Washington.

Ray moved naturally over to blues and jazz funk in his 20’s and to the present day has played with many different outfits within the UK.

He currently plays across the UK, Europe and beyond with the highly acclaimed and multi award-winning band The Producers and newly formed blues quartet Teed Up.

He has won the accalade of ‘Best UK Keyboard Player’ (Bronte Blues Club Awards) and 3rd best UK Keyboard Player (Blues Matters Magazine Poll).

Red Butler

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday evening

Website: www.redbutlermusic.com

Red Butler was declared the winner of the 2015 UK Blues Challenge and will now represent the UK at the 6th European Blues Challenge in Italy during April 2016.

Filled with a burning desire to pursue a full time career in music Alex Butler established Red Butler in February 2012. After some early changes the line up became Alex Butler (guitar), Jane Pearce (vocals), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass).

Their debut album was released in July 2014 and has taken the industry, and audiences, by storm. During 2014 the band were voted ‘Best New UK Act’ by Blues Matters Magazine and they also reined in a couple of accolades in the 2015 British Blues Awards when Alex came second (to Laurence Jones) in Young Artist and the band came second in the Emerging Artist category.

Delivering a hand crafted mix of originals and covers the band harnesses a raw, dynamic energy, delivered with passion, feeling and creativity. Whilst there is an obvious Blues influence in their sound, they have a much wider appeal and after seeing them live it becomes clear why they are getting great reviews wherever they play!


Red River Hogs

Dates Playing: Friday evening

Website: www.redriverhogs.co.uk

UK based 4 piece Band who combine their own well crafted original material, which has more than a hint of early 1970’s blues rock, with a few well chosen old school R&B classics.

Tracks from their two CD releases have been played on Radio Stations in the UK, USA and Australia. The Band have enjoyed a great audience response and been well received when they have been asked to provide support for Concerts by artists including Aynsley Lister Band, Chris Farlow, Norman Beaker Band and Dr Feelgood.

All of their current material is available on a multitude of platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Napster and Amazon

Most recently a track entitled “You Set Me Free” from their current album “Tallulah’s Kitchen” has been included in a compilation of UK blues artists, “UK Blues Today Volume 2”

The powerhouse drumming of Shaky together with the driving bass of Bernie and the soulful addition of Chris on Hammond B3 organ provide a lively back drop to Micks soaring lead guitar and gutsy vocals.

The combined effect provides a fresh take on a classic unbeatable sound.


Riverside Blues Band

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Sunday afternoon

Website: www.riversidebluesband.co.uk/

A HEARTY mix of Classic Blues and Old School R’n’B with foot-tapping tales from Chicago, Texas and Canvey Island...The focus is on up-tempo and upbeat so get your dancing boots on! Songs from Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, JB Lenoir, the music of Chess Records and songs by the Beale Street Blues Boy himself - the great BB King.

Also featuring the electric blues sound of Texan T-Bone Walker, Texas blues from Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, the British R'n'B of Dr Feelgood, classics made famous by Cream and Eric Clapton, and many more blues favourites.

Robert Hokum

Dates Playing: Thursday evening, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening

Website: www.youtube.com/roberthokum

ROBERT HOKUM is well known to Swanage regulars, having performed at the 2nd Swanage Blues Festival and delighted to have been asked back many times! He is a prominent figure on the British Blues scene and is host musician of one of the country’s biggest Blues Festivals - The Ealing Blues Festival.

In 40+ years of gigging, guitarist/vocalist Robert Hokum has been booked to appear for Royalty, Prison Inmates, Bikers’ Rallies and Society Parties as well as becoming a regular fixture on the Blues Circuit.

At this Thursday evening performance, with Swanage keyboard maestro Steve Darrington and 'Harmonica' Hugh Budden, he’ll re-count some of his favourite ‘life on the road anecdotes’ as well as performing some songs from a repertoire that may surprise those more familiar with his band activities. He will also be appearing with Great West Groove, Swanage Skiffle Kings, and Spirit of '62 at the Grand Finale.

* Founder & Artistic Director of Ealing Blues Festival, now in it's 30th year making it the longest running Blues Fest in London.

* Involved with the Ealing Club Heritage Project which builds on the founding of Britain's first electric blues club in Ealing on March 17th 1962. A catalyst which was to lead to the forming of the Rolling Stones and was an important factor in the careers of The Who, Manfred Mann & more. Has been directly involved in erecting Heritage Plaques for The Ealing Blues Club and Marshall Ampification.

* The album 'Robert Hokum - Live In Ealing', was included on the British Airways Inflight programmes from Sept 2015 - Sept 2016 and became the most 'listened to' album in the Jazz and Blues Category.

* Award winning author Siobham Curham based a character in her book 'Finding Cherokee Brown' on him.

* Currently recording soundtrack material for the film 'Suburban Steps To Rockland' which is about the birth of 'Rock' music in Britain.

Robin Bibi Band

Dates Playing: Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon

Website: www.robinbibiband.co.uk/

Robin Bibi is a charismatic and versatile performer who never fails to engage his audience. He has worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben E. King and many more.

Due to the band's growing reputation and a highly entertaining stage presentation, The Robin Bibi Band has become one of Britain’s busiest bands.

Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in their unique sound which can be heard on the album 'Blue Thrash Therapy'.

This is a mixture of the band's most requested songs from the live set and their own original songs. This album received excellent reviews and extensive airplay.

Robin Bibi is exuberant, passionate, dynamic, exciting and fun. His music is played straight from the heart and will move your head, your heart and of course your feet!

Stan's Blues Jamboree

Dates Playing: Saturday 1pm-7pm

Website: www.stansbluesjam.co.uk

Stan’s Blues Jamboree returns to Swanage Blues Festival with another cornucopia of blues performances, starting with Stan’s Blues Jam, followed by showcase slots of bands playing blues classics and original songs, and concluding with a second portion of electric jamming with Stan’s Blues Jam. More info at www.stansbluesjam.co.uk

Steve Darrington

Dates Playing: Thursday evening, Sunday afternoon

Website: www.stevedarrington.com/

Steve Darrington is the festival organiser, publisher of local entertainment guides, entertainment consultant and an accomplished keyboards and harmonica player.

Despite severe disability due to Polio as a child, he toured for 35 years with many names in blues, rock and country music including: Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Billy Boy Arnold, The Mighty Flea, Mickey Baker, Duster Bennett, Lonnie Donegan, Marty Wilde, Don Everly, Albert Lee, Mark Knopfler, Brewers Droop, Roxon Roadshow and The Boogie Band, and has appeared on over 50 albums. In 2000 Steve came to Swanage from his home town of High Wycombe “for a couple of days”… and never went back!

See Darrington, Budden & Hokum and Swanage Skiffle Kings.

Swanage Skiffle Kings

Dates Playing: Sunday afternoon

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Swanage-Skiffle-Kings-1260106340680343/

Swanage Skiffle Kings: Steve Darrington (piano/vocals), Hugh Budden (harmonica/vocals), Robert Hokum (acoustic guitar/vocals), Paul White (washboard/kazoo/percussion) and Steve King (acoustic bass) present a 'homage' to the music from which the British music scene emerged. Such diverse artists as The Beatles, The Who and Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated started life as skiffle bands.

Teed Up

Dates Playing: Friday evening

Website: www.teedupblues.co.uk

TEED UP are a recently formed four piece blues band, although the members are certainly not new to the music scene. Together they have extensive experience having played with some of the best and most famous in the industry.All members are very well known throughout the UK and beyond, having performed at festivals in many countries over the years.

The band are:

Steve Roux – guitar/vox (Steve Roux & the Brass Knuckle Blues Band, The White Knuckle Blues Band)?

Steve Browning – bass (Pretty Things, David Gilmour)?

Ray Drury – hammond/piano (The Producers)?

Bernie Fox – drums (Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Bibb, Sherman Robertson)

Back in 1993 Blues guitarist and vocalist Steve Roux signed a solo recording contract with EMI/Virgins’ Pointblank Blues Label, he was signed alongside other blues artists including: Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Pop Staples, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond and ‘Wolfman’ Washington. Steve recorded his all original album entitled ‘steve roux’ in Memphis USA at the legendary Kiva Recording Studios. Steve’s album was release in 1994 and received critical acclaim in Europe and the Uk. Gigs and Radio sessions followed, a highlight being at the Coln Music Festival in Germany, where Steve was invited onstage by Albert Collins to join him for his encore along with Robben Ford, they played an extended version of his instrumental ‘Frosty’ to an ecstatic crowd, whilst being broadcast on national radio. Steve’s album is still receiving radio airplay throughout Europe, Australia and South Africa. More recently he’s been involved in The White Knuckles Blues Band whose album ‘It Might Just Be Too Late’ was released on the Blues Matters/Krossborder label in 2012. Steve Roux and The Brass Knuckle Blues Band followed on from this and were very busy on the blues club and festival circuit, receiving critical acclaim in many of the UK’s blues magazines. In 2013 the band released a CD Live at the Boarhunt Blues Club.

Ray Drury is a self-taught musician. He joined his first band at the age of 17 playing keyboards and cutting his teeth on Motown, Soul and Stax music. During this time, Ray played support to many top class acts including Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Edwin Starr, Dave Ruffin and Geno Washington. In his 20’s Ray’s playing evolved and he moved into the blues and jazz funk genre, playing in the UK and Europe with various bands. Ray has continued to play throughout the UK and Europe and as far afield as The Bahamas with the highly acclaimed and award-winning blues band The Producers, with whom he has won Best UK Keyboard Player award from the Bronte Blues Club and a top three spot in the Blues Matters writer’s poll alongside such luminaries as Paddy Milner and Bob Hall.

Steve Browning started performing at an early age. In 1989 he turned pro and joined The Pretty Things, touring all over the UK and Europe. During this time he also played with other artists including David Gilmour and Ronnie Spector. Since then Steve has performed and toured constantly and played with many bands including Chicago bluesman Khalif Wailin’ Walter. He also played at Glastonbury and a headlining spot at the 2011 Isle Of Wight Festival with 60s US legends It’s A Beautiful Day. More recently Steve has been involved in the last incarnation of The Brass Knuckle Blues Band with Steve Roux and Bernie.

Bernie Fox is a highly experienced session drummer and live performer having played with Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb, Savoy Brown, Sherman Robertson and the one and only Jimmy Witherspoon. Bernie was a founder member of The White Knuckle and Brass Knuckle Blues bands. He is renowned for his tight dynamic drumming and in 2014 was voted best drummer in the Bronte Blues Club Awards. Bernie and Steve Roux have a long history of playing together going back approximately 26 years including playing on Steve Roux’s solo album.

So… what’s with the name?

‘Teed Up’ is an old jazz slang term for being dressed up, suited, booted and ready to go…

‘‘…if you like your blues funky, rocking, swinging, slow and emotionally-charged played across a mix of reworked classics and originals then you are sure to love this band.A guitar/hammond driven 4-piece delivered with superb musicianship…’’

The Baroness and The Bear

Dates Playing: Saturday afternoon

Website: www.thebaronessandthebear.co.uk

THE Baroness and The Bear play a melodic gumbo of roots and acoustic blues.

Julie’s voice is captivating, influenced by singers like Bessie Smith and Madeline Peyroux combined with her own distinctive style. Accompanied by Julies husband, Bob - The Bear on Fretless acoustic bass. They travel light and have been known to pick up the occasional wandering minstrel to join them. At the Oct 2015 Swanage Festival The Baroness and The Bear played to large and appreciative audiences on the Railway Station and at the Open Mic sessions. They are honoured to be invited back to play on a double bill with John McClean & The Clan and a duo spot at the Grand Hotel. If you want to have a party come on down and join us.

The Baroness and The Bear are:

Julie Bones – Lead Vocals and Guitar

Bob Bones – Growls and Bass

Sound Bites at www.thebaronessandthebear.co.uk

The Blues Duo - Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt

Dates Playing: Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon

Website: www.thebluesduo.com

This is a true capture of street style Chicago blues during the 1950s where many guys just set up on Sunday down on Maxwell Street and performed to passing crowds. The well-balanced musical mixture of Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt has come from years of love and passion of the true blues.

These two guys in everyday life perform in totally different style bands; though grown from the same roots, these roots are where Allen and Hewitt meet and take us on their very own journey to where the delta headed to Chicago and became electrified.

You would have seen and heard music like this along Maxwell Street every day with the likes of Robert Nighthawk, Carey Bell and many other artists who bridged that pre-war acoustic and post-war urban electric styles.

Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt, the duo, are no-frills, no-nonsense, raw and honest and like Johnny says, "Let the music speak for itself".

Tommy and Johnny have supported in 2009 Mud Morganfield – son of Muddy Waters, and Buddy Whittington – John Mayall Guitarist and performed at Colne Blues Festival 2009 and 2010.

“Man – these guys sound real good” Mud Morganfield – son of Muddy Waters

“Thanks for two sensational sets at Tenby” Committee – Tenby Blues Festival

“They gel superbly – it’s as though they were meant to play together” Paul Cowley – Sutton Blues Collective

“For two men, you make a real big sound” Buddy Whittington – John Mayall guitarist

The Blues Issue

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday evening

Website: www.thebluesissue.co.uk

“THE Blues Issue knocked the ball right out of the park …Twice!” (Swanage March 2016)

“A blinding set guys. Both guitars on fire. Would’ve been a great live recording” (100 Club, June 2016)

This will be their fourth set of appearances at Swanage this autumn, And it’s no coincidence that subsequent to these performances the band are accelerating towards notoriety.

The singing guitar lines, hot harp and on this occasion – Steve Watts Awesome Organ, all underpinned by the nucleus of slippin’n’slidin’ bass and drums. Incandescent as individuals, but as they fuse together in the nuclear heat of live performance the band reaches another atomic level altogether. The controlled release of this fission produces the tension and thrust to give flight to Steve the soulful vocal stylings.

Singer and Guitarist – Steve Lambsden, Harpist – Tony Smith, Drummer – Matt Greenfield, Bassist – Nodd McDonagh and for one time only… Special Guest – Blues Award nominee Steve Watts on organ!

This is the Swanage Festival line-up for the Blues Issue.

Explosive debuts at Blues on the Farm, Chiddfest, BurnerFest and London’s legendary 100 Club as well as their second CD release the ‘Late Edition E.P.’ which includes 4 self penned tunes; the eponymous ‘Blues Issue’, the she-done-me-wrong song “Everything But Love”,as well as the live show fave medley “HeyBabe/Blues in D” Their debut album “Bad Day for the Blues” is also still available .So far, 2016 has been even busier and The Blues Issue shock wave is spreading further and picking up momentum, don’t hide your head, head straight for their next gig, it’ll be radio-active!

The Elevators

Dates Playing: Saturday evening

Website: elevatorsweb.com

"THE ELEVATORS are the best Chicago style Blues Band playing in the south of England today" Blues matters magazine

The Elevators have 25 Years of experience playing Blues Clubs, Festivals and major venues in Britain and Europe.

If you like the Kings, Clapton, Green, Rush, Dixon and a range of Musicians from the Blues waterfront from the last 2 centuries then you will want to catch the Elevators.

At the last two gigs at Swanage no one could get in after the start so come along and find out why.

The Elevators have 2 of the finest and most contrasting lead guitarists in the UK , fantastic vocalist and in the pocket rhythm section.

This year’s performance features some classic Blues from the 40's, 50's, the 60s and beyond, along with a range of material you might only have heard on those late night stations.

It’s the Electric Blues.



The Jawbreakers

Dates Playing: Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon

Website: https://www.facebook.com/thejawbreakersband

“EXCITING, Amazing, Stupendous and Unique!” – Steve Darrington

Absolute Top Musicians playing Blues, Jump Jive, Theme Tunes and against all odds, Big Band Swing in a way you’ve never heard before - but you'll like it... you'll like it a lot!

The Jawbreakers’ attitude: ‘How hard can it be?!!!’ means no genre of music is out of bounds.

Jump Jive, Film Noir, Sensational!

Deano Robinson on drums, Philip Brannnan on rhythm guitar, Edward Brayshaw on lead guitar and vocals, Chris Riley on upright bass and Craig Broadfoot on organ and piano


The Milk Men

Dates Playing: Friday evening

Website: www.facebook.com/themilkmenband

THE Milk Men launched their critically-acclaimed debut album FULL PHAT at Swanage in March 2016. Since then, tracks like Real Good Looking, She Don't Like Rock'n'Roll and their storming version of Dust My Broom have become staples on British Blues radio.

Bringing together members of legendary R ‘n’ B band The Pirates and British Blues Award nominated The Mustangs, The Milk Men have been tearing up venues all over the UK with their dynamic, white hot versions of classic R ‘n’ B and Blues tunes alongside unforgettable originals. With former Pirate Mike Roberts on drums. Lloyd Green (son of Pirate legend Mick Green) on bass, and Adam Norsworthy of The Mustangs on guitar, the band is rounded off by the husky blues vocals of Jamie Smy. The band’s tight, edgy blend of brilliant original songs and classic R ‘n’ B covers looks set to wow more crowds at UK festivals in 2016. Make sure you get your delivery of brilliant R ‘n’ B and see The Milk Men in action!

The Mustangs

Dates Playing: Saturday evening

Website: www.themustangs.co.uk/

SATURDAY night with the Mustangs in the White Horse has become a staple of the Swanage Blues Festival. The band's combination of catchy originals and blistering covers has wowed Swanage punters for more than 10 years. It's always standing room only as the band often plays deep into the night, throwing out the set list and winging it as midnight draws in.This year the band is planning on ending their set with a very special guest, so don't miss it!

The band is now set to reach a higher profile than ever with the release of an 18 - Track 'Best Of' Compilation in August, spanning the band's 16 year career. At the same time, drummer Jon Bartley's political career is reaching new heights as he is standing for nomination as leader of the Green Party.

The Mustangs are one of the most established and well known blues rock bands in the UK, with a reputation for blistering live shows and ground-breaking original blues albums. The band has been nominated for four British Blues Awards.

The Mustangs are led by the stunning voice and slashing guitar of livewire frontman Adam Norsworthy. The razor-sharp rhythm section of Jon Bartley (drums) and Ben McKeown (bass) is the tightest on the circuit. The line-up is completed by R’n’B veteran Derek Kingaby on vintage blues harp.

They have made eight critically-acclaimed albums of original material, including Nothing Stays The Same, Shaman & The Monkey and Speed of Love.

“This outfit has the potential to change how British blues is perceived and received” Blues Matters Magazine

“In a genre so dominated by predictable cover bands, the Mustangs have broken free…sheer balls tempered by plenty of heart and soul” Record Collector

“Truly storming, ferocious…the very definition of blues rock” Rock’n’Reel mag

"Blistering musicianship" Music Eye magazine

“Split Decision is a compulsory purchase for British blues rock fans” The Musician magazine

“Musical depth, sheer balls and plenty of heart and soul” Record Collector

“Skill, flair, and a true feeling for the music they so clearly love” BluesMatters.com

“This outfit has the potential to change the way British blues is perceived and received” - Blues Matters magazine

“Infectiously funky..and downright beautiful” – R2 Magazine

For more information visit www.themustangs.co.uk or contact RagingHorse1@aol.com

The RedCrow

Dates Playing: Saturday evening, Sunday evening

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/The-RedCrow/547577821930649

'THE RedCrow'’ is an explosive four piece blues rock band fronted by the vocals of award-winning singer/songwriter Tracie Redding and the impressive, understated talents of lead guitarist Leigh Crowe. The band evolved around an original songwriting collaboration between these two founding members who, encouraged by their inspiring early material, added Greg Beale on bass and their latest drummer, Nigel Keyworth.

Theirs is a diverse 'blues infused' repertoire and they have a reputation for energetic live performances built around driving guitar riffs and the powerhouse vocal delivery of their signature soulful blues, funk and rock mix. The RedCrow has quickly established itself as a regular on the south coast music scene, securing a dedicated band of followers.

Members have been regular supporters of the Swanage Blues Festival over a number of years, appearing at open mics, jam sessions and at Stan's Blues Jamboree.

The Riotous Brothers

Dates Playing: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon

Website: www.riotousbrothers.com

THE Riotous Brothers formed in Portsmouth in 2003 and the band has just released its third album, its second of all-original songs by guitarist Mash Sonnet and keyboard player/producer Paul Long. The band is completed by Mat Lake on bass and Dirk Maggs on drums.

The new album is called The Tree and has been about eighteen months in the making. The Tree is picking up a lot of airplay: it has been featured on Paul Jones BBC Radio 2 blues show and was one of the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association's Albums Of The Month. Whilst Mash is an incredibly gifted blues guitar player – all too evident live – the record is also about songs. There are ten tracks on the CD and the styles vary, but all have at the core the band’s love of the blues: its roots and branches and little offshoots. The Tree!

‘The third album by The Riotous Brothers, The Tree, starts like a feeling of pure exhilaration and ends up with you wanting to weep for all the right reasons and take each song to your heart [...] an album of absolute stunning beauty and breath taking originality’. Liverpool Sound & Vision

Songs from all three of our albums still feature in the live show, which can be unpredictable as we don’t like to follow a set list too much, but would rather go where the flow of the audience takes us. The band’s reputation has been built on solid gigging over the last eleven years, with two tours in France and one in Florida, plus a host of UK gigs including the 100 Club, Half Moon Putney, Swanage Blues Festival and much more besides, so we look forward to a busy year of playing to as many people as we can. Having played the Richmond Crawdaddy last year and again in June this year, The Riotous Brothers are really looking forward to being part of this great festival.



The Tom Seals Band

Dates Playing: Friday evening

Website: www.tomseals.co.uk

TOM SEALS - “quite possibly the future of Jazz/Pop” - literally has the world at his fingertips. His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisation skills as well as a distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him as one of the UK’s finest Blues/Boogie-Woogie piano/vocalists.

The Wang Dang Doodle

Dates Playing: Saturday evening

Website: thewangdangdoodle.com

THE music of the "WANG DANG DOODLE BAND", confidentially "THE WDD", is based on R&B.

The band is based on three killer sections: the traditional rock roots come from Kosma/s guitar, the jazz syncopated rhythm from Francesco's drums and the fabulous flying harp of Laurent, which with his energy and character is the glue of this musical engine and by throwing his heart and his soul into his singing, from which approach the power of the blues is said to come.

This is The Sound of the band: a synthesis of different traditions in an explosive cocktail to drink without breath, perfect for blowing away the cobwebs and kicking off the weekend with a bang! THEY ARE THE WANG DANG DOODLE

Tommy Allen’s Trafficker

Dates Playing: Sunday evening

Website: www.trafficker.rocks

Contemporary singer, songwriter Tommy Allen has reformed his sassy blues rock band Trafficker after a 10 year gap in which he has been collaborating with other artists. It was back in 2001 that Trafficker first emerged with their debut album ‘Lost in the frame’ as a no gimmick, hard hitting, original blues rock band followed by the release of a further two acclaimed albums.

Tommy Allen’s guitar wizardry has been described in the past by the following publications:

Blues in Britain - “wild neo-primitive”, “Scorching intensity” and “Tommy managed to wring just about every flavour of the blues out of his battered old Fender”;

Blues and Rhythm Magazine - ‘One of the top rated British blues guitarists’.

Tommy’s diverse musical apprenticeship has given him a very individual guitar style ranging from rock-orientated to mellow blues, where his approach to improvisation and spontaneity could be labelled as modernistic blues.

Tommy has worked with a variety of artists such as Lazy Lester, Mojo Buford, Otis Taylor, Marcus Malone, Nicky Moore and Sugababes.

Trafficker’s music is rooted within the blues through Tommy’s own influences, for example, Robert Johnson and BB King to name a few. However, it’s in Tommy’s own interpretation of these artists that the crossover really begins to take place and it’s his individual adaptation that adds a distinct edge to his music.

Emil Engström on bass and Damon Clarridge on drums are the backbone to this outfit, between them they are experienced in creating dangerous grooves to possess your emotions and transport your senses to an almost euphoric state.

Trafficker believe in composing their own original material and thrive in the importance of pushing their authentic music forward, whilst mixing it together with a handful of classic blues master pieces which are twisted into the modern, hard hitting sound that trafficker deliver so effectively. www.facebook.com/TommyAllenBand

Walter Trout ‘This band really rocks’;

Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2) ’This band gets better and better’.

Voodoo Sheiks

Dates Playing: Sunday afternoon

Website: www.voodoo-sheiks.com

VIBRANT is an excellent word to describe the cranked up and cranked out hugely entertaining Voodoo Sheiks. The Sheiks are right in the groove and carve out some serious classic sounding R&B. There is no time to draw breath with these guys as they deliver pile driving guitar barrelling along on clipped lead runs, searing harmonica, rasped vocals and dense beats.

In 2014 The Voodoo Sheiks lit the blue touch paper with their critically acclaimed debut album 'Borrowed & New'. Now, their latest release, 'Voodification' is set to create the explosion!

Once again, high energy rhythm and blues forms the nucleus of the album, surrounded by catalytic elements of weapons grade rock ‘n’ roll, heavy riffing 12 bar blues, and lightning fast boogie.

The party never starts until The Voodoo Sheiks smash down your front door and deliver the goods in person.

And they always deliver!

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Dates Playing: Friday evening

Website: www.bluecommotion.com

STRIKING vocals, excellent original material; spiralling and breathtaking guitar, awesome and evocative Hammond-organ, all knitted together and given free rein by the sheer musicality of drummer Dave Mayne.

‘A dynamic and distinctive award-winning band’

Zoë and the band have come right to the fore of the British Blues Scene over the last four very exciting years; producing five well received albums, and picking up a series of awards including Runner-Up in both best band (2015) and best female vocals (2014 & 2015) British Blues Awards.

Their exciting live set is based around the band's rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves, providing the perfect vehicle for Zoë's biting, passionate and commanding vocal style, and Rob's unmistakable touch and flow on guitar. The highly accomplished rhythm section will include Jonny Henderson on Hammond Organ (Matt Schofield, Robben Ford) and Dave Mayne on drums.

Zoë has made a considerable impact in a very short space of time and is one of those new artists that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the thriving UK blues scene.

"A whip-crack band.. expressive voice... impressive material" - Pete Feenstra, Classic Rock's ‘The Blues Magazine’, UK, 2014

"Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work" - Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, 2015

"Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed" - Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues,BBC Radio 2, 29th June 2015

"Eye catching vocals meet sumptuous guitar" - Guitarist Magazine, 2013

"Schwarz takes all that is good from Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday and makes it uniquely her own" - All About Jazz, USA, 2012