Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017

Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017

Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017


Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017From the 16th – 19th March Colston Hall is buzzing with lovers of live music with a mix of Jazz and a sprinkling of shimmering Blues.

People flock to the Lantern, Main Hall and while they wait can sip a coffee, enjoy refreshment to the acts playing in the foyer. Opportunity for Bristolians to meet friends and gain a musical Spring to their ears.  Did I mention dressing up in finery and Jiving it all happens over this joyous weekend.

If you think you know jazz and blues, you’re probably wrong! If you love music, you’ll love Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. We’ve dipped into every genre and traversed the globe to bring you a line-up dedicated to the incredible musical legacy of jazz and blues.

Check out the full line-up of varied music HERE

A Trio of Blues Acts will excite with the energy and musicianship.

Thursday 16th March – The Lantern: Colston Hall

Double Bill: Sari Schorr & The Engine Room and Northsyde

New Yorker Sari Schorr with the her Engine Room is taking the world by a storm. Her Album Force Of Nature. With a voice that jolted legendary blues producer Mike Vernon (think Mac, Clapton and Bowie) out of retirement, it’s not hard to see why. The Engine Room is a musical powerhouse featuring the legendary blues guitarist Innes Sibun.

Northsyde has a vocalist Lorna, a true singing phenomenon and a Storytellers Daughter  fronting the band. Completing the Northsyde quartet  guitarist, Jules Fothergill and longtime friend Left-handed Ian Mauricio’s  unusual style (he strings the bass upside down) combined with Haydn  Doyle’s forceful grooves give the band a sound unlike anyone else on the rock and blues circuit today. Left-handed Mauricio’s unusual style (he strings the bass upside down) combined with Doyle’s forceful grooves give the band a sound unlike anyone else on the rock and blues circuit today. Bluesdoodles loved Story Tellers Daughter.


Tickets Available HERE

Saturday 18th March 2017 – Hall One: Colston Hall 

Robben Ford – 13.00 – 14.30

Robben Ford five-time Grammy nominated stage and studio legend back to his earliest roots as a performer, playing blues on hs current album Into The Sun; showcasing his distinctive guitar style that ensures Robben stands out from the crowd this weekend in Bristol.


Double Bill: Mud Morganfield and  KirkFletcher  16.30 – 18.50

What a stunning combination the voice of Mud Morganfield the first-born son of Muddy Waters – undisputed King of Blues  – was naturally drawn to music from an early age but it wasn’t until three years after his father’s death that he decided to pursue it as a career. He’s been wowing audiences worldwide with his charismatic brand of Chicago blues ever since. Mud is a tribute to his father’s memory and a fantastic songwriter in his own right. He’ll spend much of 2017 in the studio working on a new album, but not before doing us the honour of gracing our stage with his talent.

The guitar of Kirk Fletcher, creating licks, riffs and lead breaks infused with blues and darkened with soul. Raised on gospel and R&B, but equally influenced by the likes of Hendrix and Steely Dan, a rich mix of sounds informs the depth and quality of tone you can hear in both his guitar and his voice today.

Kirk spent three years as lead guitarist for legendary blues-rock band The Fabulous Thunderbirds before going solo and has now released one live and three studio albums with a fourth hotly anticipated and on its way. We’re extremely excited to welcome him.

 “Kirk is hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world.” Joe Bonamassa


Tickets available HERE

Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland – North – South 2017

Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland - North - South 2017

Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland – North – South 2017


Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland – North – South 2017


Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland - North - South 2017
Photo Credit Laurence Harvey

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, Perth 21-23rd July 2017

Rewind North, Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield 4-6th August 2017

Rewind South, Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames18-20th August 2017­

Rewind The 80s Music Festival, the world’s first and biggest 80s music festival, is back with three amazing UK festivals for summer 2017. Tickets for all festivals go on sale at 9am on Friday January 27th 2017 via the official festival website

Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland - North - South 2017Saturday July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd 2017

REWIND SCOTLAND returns to Scone Palace, Perth. Performances from pop pioneers The Human League and the legendary Billy Ocean, alongside debuts from Scotland’s Tom Robinson, The Undertones, The Trevor Horn Band (+special guest), Junior Marvin’s Wailers, Musical Youth and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Jaki Graham, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Owen Paul, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Claudia Brucken appear with Martin Ware’s super-group British Electric Foundation. Performances from Level 42, Belinda Carlisle, Heather Small, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Chesney Hawkes, T’Pau, The Real Thing, Soul II Soul, Kim Wilde, Nick Heyward, Jason Donovan, Dr & The Medics and Glenn Gregory complete the Scottish line-up.


Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland - North - South 2017Saturday August 5th and Sunday August 6th 2017

REWIND NORTH at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, promising fantastic performances from New York’s finest party starters, Village People & Sister Sledge and rockers Status Quo, whilst there are Rewind North festival debuts for Tom Robinson, Altered Images, The Trevor Horn Band (+Special Guest), Blockheads, Hugh Cornwell, The Orchestra, Junior Marvin’s Wailers, Captain Sensible, Johnny Hates Jazz and appearing with British Electric Foundation, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Jaki Graham, Owen Paul, Claudia Brucken and The Farm’s Peter HootonLevel 42, Kim Wilde, Peter Hook & The Light, Roland Gift, Dr & The Medics, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Nick Heyward and T’Pau, complete the Rewind North weekend line-up.

Rewind World Biggest 80s Music Festival Scotland - North - South 2017Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th 2017

REWIND SOUTH is back at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, welcoming party starters Gloria Gaynor with the Village People and Rock Gods Status Quo on the main stage, along with Rewind South debutants, Big Country, Tom Robinson Sugarhill Gang ft Grandmaster Mele Me & Scorpio’s Furious 5 and Junior Marvin’s Wailers. Kim Appleby, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Jilted John, Owen Paul, Musical Youth and Rozalla perform with British Electric Foundation. There’s also a festival first from the amazing West-End show Thriller Live. Level 42, Nik Kershaw, Nick Heyward, Dr & The Medics, Imagination Ft Lee John, Midge Ure, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, The South, Go West, The Christians, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory and Ex-Katrina and The Waves complete an amazing weekend of 80’s acts.

Rewind Festival is the biggest party of the summer with camping, glamping, posh nosh, theme bars, DJ’s, street entertainment, funfairs, silent disco, big top bars, kidzone, fireworks, trade stands, fancy dress and much more!!

 See you back in the 80’s this summer!

Booking Details HERE

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Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend


Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun
For May Bank Holiday Weekend


Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend. Re-branding from Stafford Blues Festival  and change of direction now in 2017 the festival a celebration of music from Rock, Reggae, Soul and the Blues.

This is a family friendly festival with superb sound within an amazing setting Lower Drayton Farm between Stafford and Penkridge with a campsite. Find out all the information you need HERE

Who is Playing? Across The Weekend 

 The Shine – Chelsea Coleman – The Bad Rats – Used Blues – Ged Wilson – Vivian Sugarlove Jones – The Rock Dogs – Bobby KP Woods – Judy Emeline – Gabbidon Band – Iconic Eye- Voodoo Stone – Barrelhouse Jukes – Black Rose Cadillac – Slyder – Zoe Green – Bloke – Stuart Woolfenden and more to be announced

Check here for information about the bands playing for you over the weekend – HERE

What To Expect?

From Friday through to Sunday night a melting pot of live music. Free Camping and children under 16 are free making the music affordable for the whole family. Great food available at a reasonable cost that can be enjoyed with fair priced drinks from the beer tent.


Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

Buy Tickets HERE


Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

August Bank Holiday Weekend Go To Colne For The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

August Bank Holiday Weekend Go To Colne For The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival August Bank Holiday Weekend Go To Colne For The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival August Bank Holiday Weekend Go To Colne For The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival  – New Logo, new ideas putting the great back into the festival. 2017 should see Colne in every music lovers diary from the 25th to 27th August three days of music experiences that will excite and delight.

The stewardship of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, recognised as one of the biggest and most celebrated Festivals of its kind in the world, has now passed to Colne Town Council, following 27 years of sterling service from Pendle Borough Council and Pendle Leisure Trust. The new executive is headed up by Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire, the people who set up Hebden Bridge Blues Festival – winners of the British Blues Awards ‘Festival of the Year’ three times running – together with Colne Town Council CEO Colin Hill. The team have a proud track record of innovation, working very closely with the artists and the community to develop new ideas and best practice; something which they intend to bring to Colne.

The 28th edition of the Festival will run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August 2017 at a number of venues including the Hippodrome, The Municipal Theatre and various ‘roadhouse’ venues around the town.

The line-up looks different full of intrigue and with new approach of out with the heritage acts Colne has a new ticketing system for evening performances no more arriving and not being able to see and hear the music of your choice as the venue is full.
Full line up for the weekend in the ticketed area



Hippodrome: 7 pm – midnight

Tickets £17.50

The Muni: 7pm – 1am

The Revelator BandStevie Nimmo TrioJoanne Shaw Taylor
The Paddy Maguire Midnight Jam Session

Tickets £17.50


Daytime – All act in all venues on one single ticket £13.50

The £13.50 day tickets do not guarantee access, immediate or otherwise, to any particular venue as each building can only contain the maximum numbers at any given time according to the terms of its individual license.

Hippodrome: 12.30 – 6pm
Finalists – Jessica Foxley / Unsigned Project
Matt Edwards Band – Paddy Maguire Band ft. Jenna Hooson – Miles Gilderdale

The Muni 12.30 – 6pm
Finalists – Jessica Foxley / Unsigned Project

Tom Attah’s Acoustic Blues Showcase @ The Little Theatre: 1 – 6pm

Mat Walklate & Paolo FuschiLucy Zirins & CompanyTNT TJ Norton & Tom AttahJulian Burdock & Danny del Toro
The Delta Ladies


Hippodrome Theatre: 7pm to Midnight
TJ& The SuitcaseRog TognoniAynsley Lister
Colne Special Tickets £14.50

The Muni: 7pm – 1am
The Kaz Hawkins BandJo HarmanJaniva Magness
The Paddy Maguire Midnight Jam Session

The Three Queens Show Tickets £19.50


Daytime – All act in all venues on one single ticket £13.50

The £13.50 day tickets do not guarantee access, immediate or otherwise, to any particular venue as each building can only contain the maximum numbers at any given time according to the terms of its individual license.

Hippodrome: 12.30 – 6pm
Finalists – Jessica Foxley / Unsigned Project – Husky Tones Will Wilde BandWalrus

The Muni 12.30 – 6pm

Finalists – Jessica Foxley / Unsigned Project
Tom Attah’s Acoustic Blues Showcase @ The Little Theatre: 1 – 6pm

Hippodrome Theatre: 7pm to Midnight
Michael Messer’s MitraClay ShelburnLucky Peterson

 Tickets £19.50

The Muni: 7pm – 1am
Gwyn AshtonJohn Fairhurst – King King
The Paddy Maguire Midnight Jam Session

Tickets £19.50


Colne Legion – HERE

Admiral Lord Rodney – HERE

The Crown – HERE

Colne & Nelson Rugby Club – HERE

Camping Information- HERE

As Jason Elliott himself explains “While this is technically a Blues festival, we will offer variety and range to the programme in general. At times, the programme will encompass the wider definition of blues, soul and other related genres, albeit firmly centered in the ‘roots’ music tradition. The reality is that Blues music is the historical foundation for almost all western popular music and nearly all genres are ‘children’ or ‘grandchildren’ of the blues, a fact which needs to be kept front and centre of the story. After all, part of our remit is to keep the genre alive by bringing in new blood; both as audiences and as performers’.

Jason also explained ‘Apart from the world-renowned acts we are bringing in this year, ‘The Jessica Foxley Unsigned Project‘ – focusing as it does on nurturing young and emerging Blues-based talent – in many ways symbolises much of our new direction. Our mission of bringing new life, new acts and audiences into this key genre, must span all levels of experience, technical ability and all age groups to be truly successful. This is where Colne can create its legacy’.

The 28th edition of the Festival will run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August 2017 at a number of venues including the Hippodrome, The Municipal Theatre and various ‘roadhouse’ venues around the town.
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Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017

Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017

August Bank Holiday Weekend is always a musical high. It looks like the bar has been raised higher as the baton has been passed from Pendle Leisure Trust to Colne Town Council. As Jason says, “we whetted your appetite via Facebook Live now we have to deliver”

Before the baton is handed over the applause and thanks are heartily given to Pendle Borough Council and Pendle Leisure Trust who have over the last 27 years made this award winning festival the biggest and longest running of its kind In Britain. For many Blues fans across the U.K. August Bank Holiday weekend and a trip to Colne are a permanent fixture in their diaries.  Now the challenge is for Colne Town Council to keep the burning blue flame shining and at the same time giving the festival a breath of fresh air.

How will this be achieved? Utilising the opportunities and minimising the challenges. Colne Town Council, with two paid employees and volunteer councillors, are determined that the event will connect with both the residents of Colne and the visitors. The management of  The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival 2017 is under the auspices of two local men and well-known music fans and successful festival organisers Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire. With a team of supporters, the festival is in safe hands and with a track record of bringing innovation to events they organise.

Firstly, the acts currently being booked are all releasing albums and touring, they are part of the live music scene within the U.K. and beyond. Colne, The Great Rhythm & Blues Festival 2017 is a showcase for blues-infused music. Nothing heritage or boring this is music that sparkles with a sapphire-like iridescence., and for the organisers “proper blues” is an anathema.

Fact ONE: Good music entertains.

Fact TWO: Music that entertains connects with the audience

Fact THREE: Blues music is the historical foundation.

Fact FOUR: Western popular music – nearly all genres are rooted in the Blues

Fact FIVE: Nearly all modern music genres are Blues children or grandchildren

Fact SIX: Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017 is the strategy of Jason, Paddy and his team.

Fact SEVEN: Colne keeping the genre alive by bringing in new blood, in the audience and as performers.

Jason told Bluesdoodles “the festival must span all levels of experience, attracting new audiences, be fresh, alive, full of an energy that everyone wants to be part off”

Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017, this is a transition year for The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival. The event is part of the Pendle legacy. Goal one is to get the support of the town. The way the Roadhouse venues are organised is key to getting local residents the love the festival as their own. Once 2017 has been delivered then the focus will be to build and build from 2018 onwards.

The ticketed event will be full of exciting acts you will want to hear. Including names unknown but will excite. The Jessica Foxely Unsigned Project is part of this exciting new cutting edge helping in putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017. The project focusses on nurturing young and emerging Blues-based talent, and in many ways symbolises the Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017new direction of the festival starting in 2017! The ticket events will be in The Colne Hippodrome capacity 600 & Colne Muni capacity 800. “Dancers do not despair, there will be plenty of space for you to dance. We want everyone to have fun and enjoy the music that is being played for the audiences, not the organisers” says Jason.

The mission of Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017 is “bringing new life and blood, new acts, new audiences into this key genre”

All the acts for the ticketed events have been selected – these will be announced when tickets go on sale – 28th January 2017. Time to purchase to wipe away those January Blues!

The Roadhouse acts will be announced at a later date. Acts interested in performing should contact Paddy Maguire or email  Paddy if you want a Roadhouse gig in Colne August Bank Holiday weekend.

Putting GREAT Back into Colne August 2017 is the aim of  The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne August Bank Holiday weekend join in the adventure. Who knows where it will take you this year, next year and beyond with Colne Town Council and The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.




HRH 10th Anniversary Molly Hatchet plus Day Tickets released

HRH 10th Anniversary Molly Hatchet plus Day Tickets released

Hard Rock Hell X takes place at Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales, Gwynedd,

on 10th – 13th November 2016 and has been sold out since last November at HRH 9.



We have however purposely held back 25 pairs of day passes for each day,

 released Today 4th august 2016

These can be secured on a first-come-first-served basis  HRH or by ringing Fleur on 0203 287 6684.

Southern Rock Legends Molly Hatchet join Warrior Soul, Leader of Down, and Aussie Rockers Cherry Grind to Lock their Places at this Year’s Hard Rock Hell X, alongside Ugly Kid Joe, RATT, Glenn Hughes, Last in Line, & Living Colour.

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With just 3 months to go until this year’s sold-out 10th anniversary Hard Rock Hell, we are delighted to be joined by Florida’s finest: multi-platinum-selling rockers Molly Hatchet, who have a specially selected set for this year’s landmark event.

Formed in 1971, Molly Hatchet is an American Southern rock/hard rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida. The band is best-known for their iconic hit “Flirtin’ with Disaster” Molly Hatchet have been major players in the Southern Rock & Hard Rock genres and are known for their energy on stage and their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more.

Molly Hatchet: Flirtin’ With Disaster (Live)

Joining them are Kory Clarke’s NYC hard rockers Warrior Soul, making a rare UK appearance. Clarke started the band after a bet from a promoter following a solo performance art show called “Kory Clarke/Warrior Soul”. Clarke aimed to have the best band in NYC within six months: Nine months later they signed to Geffen Records.

Sample some Warrior Soul with their hit The Losers:

Leader of Down was created by the legendary late Motörhead guitarist Würzel, and rightly has its place at HRH, as does another Aussie Outfit, Cherry Grind, who make up a fistful of bands coming over from Australia this November.

Leader of Down: Würzel is Back.

Catching Up with Debbie Bond at Blues On The Farm

Catching Up with Debbie Bond at Blues On The Farm

Catching Up with Debbie Bond at Blues On The Farm
BD: Thank you so much for taking time out after your wonderful set to chat with us at the start of your 2016 UK Tour. Lets start, of talking about recording your latest album at Muscle Shoals?
Debbie: It was really fabulous. We were in the hands of an engineer that had worked at FAME; Muscle Shoals Sound, Nashville, what people don’t realise Muscle Shoals is actually a town like a mecca of studios. One of the things I have been trying to do is explain for example the first one was called FAME; Florence Alabama Music Enterprises. The shoals area is made up of four towns, Tuscumbia, Florence, Muscle Shoals, and Sheffield. Basically that is the Muscle Shoals area. Everybody broke off from FAME in Florence, there was Rick Hall a main studio producer, and a rhythm section the Swampers a whole group of studio musicians that formed Muscle Road Sounds, also one location called Jackson Highway and that place still exists. All those things became other studios, becoming a community of musicians, song writers, producers and engineers. Just amazing go there, and there is a community of people who have had lots of gold records and just lived it. When I was recording people would walk in and the engineer would say this is so and so, these guys played with array of people. They are all session musicians that no-one has every heard off. Will McFarland who guests on my record plays with Bonnie Raitt plays the slide on my record and the amp that he played through was the amp that Mustang Sally was recorded on in FAME studio. Everything has a story while you are there you hear so many stories that half the time you don’t know the significance the subtleties. “The very energy of the musical legacy must exude out of the walls” They say that there is something in the water of the Tennessee River their native American word for the river means Singing River. There is a lot of mythology it’s got a tradition of singing and music, it was because there were waterfalls there, but they dammed them up and there’s now a hydro-electric plant there. It is so beautiful very rural Alabama, woodsy place. Beautiful rural predominately white town, yet out of this place came the same tradition as Stax pretty much simultaneously with Stax Soul tradition Wild Horses recorded there. Once the thing was established people started to go there for the sound. Like The Stones.

BD: Now a bit about your Album, Enjoy The Ride, which Bluesdoodles really enjoy it was fun to review
Catching Up with Debbie Bond at Blues On The FarmDebbie:Seven of the 11 songs were self-penned. How do you choose the mix very organic playing all the time, your repertoire constantly evolves and changes. When you are ready to go into the recording studio you know. Like I really want to do a tribute to Willie King, Eddie Kirkland song just singing from the heart, let’s do that song and that song. Three Alabama tribute songs and then I really like soul music and we were in Muscle Shoals so I chose a soul song everything else was originals
Do you write on your own? What tends to happen I am the word person and the melody and pretty much the writer, Rick helps with arranging the music. But sometimes like on Steady Rolling Man he was messing on piano and I just started singing and the song came out. Sometimes he will do a really cool groove then the song will come to his groove.
BD: Is most of it personal? Debbie: Definitely and even other people’s songs I wouldn’t sing them unless I had been there. It’s something I resonate with because I have been there. It is what it is all about you are telling a story the Blues tells a story.

BD: Back in the UK on an extensive tour
Debbie: Yes, this is my first show (Blues on The Farm) Check out tour dates HERE

BD: We would love to hear about your style, your singing voice which is distinctive
Debbie:I get compared to Janis Joplin, (15 mins) Debbie showed blue glasses wore them and got more hits and people commenting that you should dress more often like that Debbie why? Because I looked like Janis. I love Janis improvisational thing, I have been brought up in the Southern tradition coming from the church of getting the spirit making words up on the spot and kinda going away. My stuff and the band is very improvised, that is why Ray is so good with us as we are so very improvised. Just recently playe/d on my previous CD ended up playing by accident he didn’t know my music; he was just incredible Sax player he started to do some shows and bringing charts and can’t tell you how it made me feel bad no we want spontaneous. Did show with him playing charts it was horrible he was over there reading I felt tied down felt weird so next show took music stand away took it off the stage look you did great just play from your heart. Finally he knows – don’t bring charts. Debbie says play spontaneous.

BD: Now for that passion that flows through your music, conversation Alabama Blues we want to hear more about the blues fromAlabamaa
Debbie:Well there are a number of artists some you may have heard off. Lisa Mills from near Mobile, a true road warrior like me Alabama Shakes, St Paul and the Broken Bones, then those making big, some are very soul-based. There is a blues scene one of the old, probably the last Alabama Juke Joints out in Bessemer is run by an old bluesman called Mr Gibb in his nineties. So anyone in Alabama needs to go there, it is only on a Saturday night, at his house. Then there is blues happening all over the State every night it is just not organised. There is no tourism around it, Alabama Tourisim is aware they are sitting on it now, but no organization like in Mississippi with the historic marker. In Alabama there are festivals all the time, just before I left there was a soul blues one out in the woods near where I live; it was predominately a black festival; with people like Denise La Salle, a loads of soul blues people from Selma. There is a guy who I like a lot he is called Earl Guitar Williams, he is a barber during the day and bluesman at night. He is just fantastic, he should be over here touring. SharBaby she has been touring over here a lot been to Birmingham. Lil Jimmy Reed been over here touring a lot he is from Enterprise Alabama. There is just loads. Lots white blues players as well all playing to such a high standard.

BD: Is there a specific Alabama Blues sound that differentiates from Mississippi Blues?
Debbie:Definitely regional sounds within Mississippi for example Howlin’ Wolf was from near the Alabama/Mississippi line at West Point, Big Joe Williams from Macon close by Willie King was right on the line born in Mississippi but live all his life in Alabama. People like Eddie Kirkland, there is a story that I think is really cool for people to know about Ike Zimmerman, was from Grady, Alabama, who taught Robert Johnson to play. So the whole story of the blues has been so skewed.

Women have been lost from History of The Blues and romantacised! Alabama blues woman, Big Mama Thornton was from Ariton, Alabama Dinah Washington, from Tuscaloosa, Odetta is from Birmingham Alabama, and many others including Bessie Jackson, pseudonym for Lucille Bogan, active in the blues scene in Birmingham was lewd and dirty, check out the lyrics of Shave ‘em Dry Bessie Smith discovered in Selma and all her family where in Alabama, Ma Rainie was probably born in Alabama. Where people are born is all bullshit, it is regional the amount they all travelled was phenomenal. There was local blues and travelling Blues, Alabama was right smack in the middle with travelling shows and TOBA shows, (Theatre Owners Booking Alliance). It was the first professionalization of the music industry, it was theatres where blues people toured through the south and they did tent shows as well. Bessie Smith and Ma Rainie all owned their own tent shows, they were successful Ma Rainie owned her own theatres they were trail blazers. The nickname musicians gave to the booking agency was ‘Tough On Black Arses’. It was a grueling touring schedule. They toured with practically orchestras hard to image now with their big hour sections back in the twenties and even up to the forties. Ma Rainie had an orchestra, how did they feed and pay everybody? We can hardly do it now, there was much more of an audience, big crowds came out to the tent shows. They had sponsorships from the fake medicines that were really alcohol. A cure-all, called them medicine shows, as it was prohibition, and they would sell alcohol as a medicine! If I could go back to any time and have an experience of that it would be in those travelling tent shows. The shows had comedians it was more a variety show, very Vaudeville. Alabama sound has different traditions. I think it is quite soully. If I was to compare Eddie Kirkland and Willie King, they are Juke Joint very dancey, electric, very improvised soul grooves. To be fair it was a mixture as everybody had influences from 78 records, because people got them so were hearing lots of musicians
One of my dreams that before I die, I can help to create a Blues Museum in Alabama because it deserves it and would be a tourist destination.

BD: Who would you have in your Dream Band?
Debbie:Feel really lucky as both here and in Alabama I am tuned into the very best. Even though my guys from Alabama would love to come over here I am not making enough money to do that.

Drums Sam Kelly played with Sam off and on for the last fifteen years
Saxophone – Ray Carlos played with him since last year on last tour
Keyboard, keyboard Bass & Harmonica and sings – Rick Asherson
What I found most amazing was carried on playing with his left hand and harp so the kept bass line playing. Joined by Rick – BD: Not seen harp and piano played at same time before. Rick – Not that different from playing left and right hand, Debbie interjects he is “ambidextrous”. Pianists split the mind and bass has own logic and right-hand has own logic. So my right-hand brain becomes the harmonica. The left-hand brain actually remains the constant. On a good day when we do a duo have foot percussive we are doing duo and as well as band. Good to be flexible.

Bluesdoodles review of Enjoy the Ride – HERECatching Up with Debbie Bond at Blues On The Farm

Bluesdoodles review Blues On The Farm – HERESnippet Catching Up with Debbie Bond at Blues On The Farm Conversation about blues, woman and Alabama now and in the Past joined by Rick Asherson

HRH United III March 2017

HRH United 3

More acts added for a Multi genre arena Weekend

23rd – 26th March 2017

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Destruction, Metal Church, Criminal, Cancer and Onslaught lead a cast of other great acts, who will join Alestorm, Hammerfall and Napalm Death at next year’s HRH United III


HRH united III which has been sold out on accommodation since May this year, are pleased to announce another string of bands to an already impressive Metal Weekender.

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German Trash Lords Destruction are first up with San Fran Metalheads, Metal Church making a rare UK appearance. Joining them are UK Trash legendsOnslaught and Cancer, plus Chileans Thrash Masters, Criminal

Other bands joining the bill include Power Quest, Skyclad, Waylander, NightMare World, Re-Animator, Ten Foot Wizard, Slabdragger, Solitary, Warlord, Sodomised Cadaver,King Creature and Torous

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HRH United III takes place
@ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales on
23rd-26th March 2017.

There are now less than 58 weekend passes left for the entire event which can be secured online HERE or by ringing Rebecca on 0207 193 9564

Current line up stands as follows

Alestorm , Hammerfall , Destruction
Napalm Death , Armored Saint , Venom Inc,
Onslaught, Metal Church, Cancer,
Grand Magus, Evil Scarecrow, Criminal
Skyclad , Power Quest , Kampfar
Cirith Gorgor , Nightmare World , RSJ,
Trepalium , Old Corpse Road , Finsterforst,
Ereb Altor , Hecate Enthroned , Fury,
Virus , Re-Animator , Solitary , Warlord,
Ten Foot Wizard , Slabdragger
The Bastard Sons , Forever Never ,
The Raven Age , Hell Horse , PIST,
Dusteroid , Desert Storm , Collibus,
Sodomised Cadaver , King Creature ,
Derange , Boss Keloid , The Ever Living,
Torous , Bast , Gevaudan

Down To The Woods For Music at Hardwick Hall


Down To The Woods For Music at Hardwick Hall

Down To The Woods Festival which takes place in the grounds of Hardwick Hall, Co Durham weekend 13th & 14th August 2016. The fantastic line-up is varied and appealing in this, its first year. Down To The Woods is set to be an exciting annual addition to the UK’s festival calendar – and the only festival of its size and calibre in north-east England.

The festival have announced the headliners on the Main Stage – THE GRAND ARCADIA.

Saturday will see Primal Scream headline the 10,000 capacity family-friendly festival.
Sunday is in the hands of Electronica Duo Chase & Status.
Other acts on the bill across the weekend include Catfish and the Bottlemen, Echo & The Bunnymen, Peter Hook & The Light and many more.

The Line-up for Stage Two – FOXES FOLLY Includes Birmingham based Broken Witt Rebels

The line-up for a Stage Third, BADGERS DEN, will be announced shortly and will have a focus on DJs and live comedy.

You can view the current line up HERE

Weekend tickets for Down To The Woods are priced at £99 per adult, £28 for young people aged 13 – 16 and £15 for children aged 3 – 12.

Day tickets are available

There are also boutique camping and special ‘Gold Ticket’ VIP options.

Tickets can be purchased HERE


Down In The Woods Festival

Celebrating Twenty-five years Blues On The Farm June 2016

Blues on Farm 2016

th – 19th June 2016





One of the best-loved and friendly festivals anywhere, let alone on the ‘Blues Calendar’, the award-winning BLUES ON THE FARM FESTIVAL celebrates an incredible 25 years of music making where international acts of the highest quality converge on Pump Bottom Farm, south of Chichester in West Sussex from Thursday 16th June to Sunday 19th June 2016.

​​In keeping with the festivals finest traditions, a varied and eclectic line up of top quality acts loosely connected, but not limited to, the ‘Blues/Roots umbrella’ appear at this wonderful Sussex countryside setting.

This years festival sees the legendary Gary Brooker of Procol Harum fame headline proceedings on the Saturday night. Rather fittingly, since Gary Brooker’s presence at an impromptu garden gig gave rise to the idea of a festival in the very first place…
Here’s a video of Gary playing live in case anyone needs any reminding of his considerable talents


Other notable acts appearing over the four days include multi British Blues Award winners King King and Ian Siegal, plus the likes of Mike SanchezThe Blues Band featuring Paul Jones (of BBC Radio 2 fame) and many, many more. Apart from the myriad of homegrown talent, The Billy Walton BandSari Schorr and the Engine Room plus The Hitman Blues Band featuring the New York Horns are all flying in from the USA to join the party. And with Brilleaux jetting in from New Zealand, this promises to be a really international affair.

With more acts still to be announced, all the updated news can be found at Blues On The Farm HERE

Bluesdoodles delighted to be a media partner of one of our favourite festivals and the place to hear music in June..

Check out what we have written

2015: Blues on the Farm

Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
In Conversation with Julian Moores – HERE

2014: Blues on the Farm

Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE