Some of the best Blues musicians in the UK
will entertain you!

10th September 2022

Bluesman Mike Francis
10.00am - 11.00am

Having toured Europe over 40 years playing the blues, Mike has performed his ‘New Era Blues’ at International Blues Music Day 2018 in Croatia, Guitar Festival of Britain, BBC 6 Music Festival Liverpool, Acoustic Festival of GB and hosted ’30 Years of Colne’ at Great British R&B Festival 2019.

Mike also guested for award winning guitarist Erja Lyytinen on her 2019 European tour dates and is an ambassador for a brand of UK made 12 string guitars. More recently Bluesman Mike Francis has co-organised Manchester Blues Festival and as a former finalist, became UK events coordinator for the European Blues Awards from 2016-18.

Video: Fire Goes Out

The Whiskey Priests
11.15am - 12.15pm

The Whiskey Priests are a good time band bringing you the luck, charm and talent of the Irish! Performing live sets bursting with soul, joy and real musicianship,

The Whiskey Priests perform songs from The Dubliners, The Pogues, The Waterboys and tons more!

Vincent Flatts Final Drive
12.30pm - 1.30pm

If you’ve seen the Birmingham (UK) band on the road, you’ll know what they’re all about. If not, you’ll figure it out real fast once you hear them.

Essentially, Vincent Flatts Final Drive is a southern-infused, blues ‘n boogie band, with country rock and exciting boogie at its core. But while the music goes through the genre gears, one thing is constant: Steve ‘Bertie’ Burton’s killer voice.

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Video – Standing on shakey ground

Stevie Watts Organ Trio
1.45pm - 2.45pm

Stevie Watts is an award winning keyboard player and one of the UK’s most sought after Hammond organists who plays Hammond for mod revival legends Secret Affair and Hammond/piano for renowned blues artist Danny Bryant, Sari Schorr and can often be seen touring with other great artists including Elles Bailey. As well as being a busy sideman Stevie leads his Hammond soul outfit – The Stevie Watts Organ Trio.

Video: When we were young

The Whiskey Priests
3.00pm - 4.00pm

The Whiskey Priests are a good time band bringing you the luck, charm and talent of the Irish! Performing live sets bursting with soul, joy and real musicianship, The Whiskey Priests perform songs from The Dubliners, The Pogues, The Waterboys and tons more!

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Chris Bevington Organisation
4.15pm - 5.15pm

I cannot emphasise how good this band is live, their albums are great with ‘Cut And Run’ firmly fixed on our playlist, the album full of original tracks are a joy to listen to but live, this band take on a whole new life. With 8 band members, the sound will always be big, horns, backing singers, guitars, keys, drums and of course Mr Bevington on the bass, they not only fill the stage but also the entire place with a wall of sound.

Video: Its too Late

Tommy Allen Band
5.30pm - 6.30pm

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’.

The heart of the band and their music ventures beyond the blues stereotypes with their contemporary guitar driven gutsy blues rock, that inspires the soul.  The bands music is rooted within the blues through Tommy’s own influences.

The Cinelli Brothers
6.45pm - 7.45pm

The Cinelli Brothers are the ultimate good-time party band. Fronted by award winning Guitarist/Singer Marco Cinelli, they have an unrivalled chemistry and energy, with their authentic Soul, Blues and R&B sound, The Cinelli Brothers deliver a unique twist on the biggest chart classics from every decade.

Video: Choo Ma Gum

Kyla Brox Band
8.00pm - 9.00pm

Kyla Brox is a sassy, authentic soul diva with a beautifully powerful and emotive voice; she’s a temptress and a tear provoker. Blues is about keeping it real and Kyla sure knows how to do that! – Blues Matters Magazine.

Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band or harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and husband Danny Blomeley, Kyla is, without doubt, the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation. Kyla was born in Lancashire in 1980 and was exposed to the passion of Afro-American music at first-hand from her blues singing father, Victor.  Her 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.

Video: If you see him

Catfish Blues Band
9.15pm - 10.15pm

International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene.

UK and British Blues awards 2021, the guys have been honoured to be nominated in no less than five categories – band of the year, blues artist of the year for Matt Long, instrumentalist of the year for Matt Long, album of the year for ‘Exile – Live in Lockdown’ and Online event of the year for the live stream of Exile – Live in Lockdown.  Matt was named Instrumentalist of the Year for the second consecutive year which was a great honour.

Their first album ‘So Many Roads’ reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts, as did their second album, this one almost entirely original material – ‘Broken Man’ – which was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA.  Their current album ‘Burning Bridges’ was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press.  It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019.  They released a live album, ‘Exile – Live in Lockdown’ in December 2020 which was recorded during the summer of 2020 when all the venues were closed due to Covid.

Video: Catfish