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Band News

It is with regret that the festival has to announce that Hamilton Loomis and Laurence Jones have had to cancel their engagements and will not feature at this year’s event. Both are very sad with the decisions they’ve had to take. We wish them both well.

Their places have been taken by Giles Robson and Rhino’s Revenge, both fantastic bands and both more than capable of filling the slots while adding new and exciting dynamics to the weekend.

Dom Martin

Dom Martin, winner of the Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year category in the both the 2020 and 2021 UKBlues Awards, will represent the UK in the solo/duo category at the 2022 International Blues Challenge organised by The Blues Foundation, which will take place in Memphis, TN between 18th & 22nd January 2022.

Jimmy Carpenter and Blues Move

Jimmy Carpenter, a very special guest, all the way from Las Vegas and playing the last gig of his 2021 European tour, will close the event on Sunday evening with the fantastic Blues Move, an outfit which many will remember as the European backing band of the late, and great, Sherman Robertson.


Redfish is a welcome addition to the Saturday programme. The band, great friends of the festival, will get the evening session off to a blistering start and to set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Tommy Allen’s Trafficker

Tommy Allen has re-branded his blues rock band to ‘Tommy Allen’, leaving behind the Trafficker.

Starlite Campbell Band

New album, ‘The Language of Curiosity’ by European & British blues award nominees Starlite Campbell Band is available for pre-order now – – a fresh taste of British blues.

The band has just signed an international’s distribution agreement for the new album and back catalogue – they release everything though their own label Supertone Records and now have one of the UK top PR companies working on the new album. It’s really happening for them!

The Starlite Campbell Band – Friday 8th October.


BAND OF FRIENDS Celebrating Rory’s 25th anniversary

Band of friends should have been touring throughout 2020 Worldwide, celebrating the music of Rory Gallagher 25 years after he left us. That celebration will be just as impassioned one year on. Gerry McAvoy will be joined by Brendan O’Neill on drums. Brendan played with Rory and Gerry for 10 years from 1981 – 1991, Recording “Jinx”, “Defender”, “Fresh evidence”. He also toured extensively with Rory, travelling to USA, Japan, Australia and throughout Europe.

The extended band of friends for the festival will include both Paul Rose and Stephan Graf.

Paul has played with some of the top names in the business, he’s a real a guitar players guitar player. As youngster Paul was picked by Rory out of 1000 young guitarists to win the Fender sponsored best guitarist competition. “A very hot player” – Rory Gallagher.

Stephan has been playing with his own band Double vision, as a tribute to Rory. Stephan discovered Rory at a very early age. He really has the feel for Rory’s music.

“In the era of tribute acts who deliver note – perfect renditions of their heroes’ catalogues, the Band of Friends is something different. They can do the notes but they also do the sound, energy and feel – because the band includes people who helped define those essential elements” – Music today USA


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