2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music Continues

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music Continues

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music Continues

This year Bluesdoodles could only enjoy Saturday and Sunday under the umbrella of blues hospitality that Matt Williams provides every year. For the second year Old Bush Blues entertained us, fed us and supplied some quality ale all wrapped up in the company of old, new and yet to meet friends. I was reliably informed that Friday, was the best ever opening for the friendly festival that relocated from The Star In, Bentworth losing nothing of its pizzazz and energy. Bluesdoodles was especially disappointed to have missed Lucy Zirins and Debbie Bond who entertained us with amazing Alabama infused blues at Blues on the Farm.

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music ContinuesSaturday – it is Hat Day, midday and the music starts with a storming set from Red Butler. We heard tracks that have become mainstays of their set including Pensions Blues that Jane Pearce wrote after receiving a letter at nineteen about planning for her future. Music is this band’s future building on the solid foundation with their debut album Freedom Bound. We are all anticipating their follow-up album with relish, Nothing To Lose may be the title but this young band has everything to again as they build blues that connects to listeners of all ages today. The crowd smiled, danced and got it the festival mood on hats day with their take on Shakin’ All Over and party piece Jay Walker. What a band to start the proceeding as the hats weaved between the two outside marquees Car Park and Garden and the acts in the bar this was a festival where the music entertained. Next up we had classic blues as Cryin’ Out Loud picked up the baton before passing onto a firm festival favourite Five Field Holler. This is the band who ensure that sound works throughout the three days and always provide an entertaining slot. Joined by Italian key board player and Tristan O’Kelly adding guitar and taking over vocal duties. The blues were firing in every shade and now into the bonfire of the blues some harmonica lead swing influence blues from the charismatic Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers. The hats were bobbing in time to the rhythms and the dancers just love to dance. Bringing the Saturday to a stylish close with a double act, back for the second year Catfish who wowed the bar last year. A great set of a mix of blues-rock with scintillating licks and riffs that are picked up by Paul on keys. His pedal board was vast, yet it was used with thought so no effect ever overpowered the great tone Matt conjours from his Les Paul. Matthew Long’s guitar playing influence by Joe Bonamassa just gets better and better the perfect run-up to Northsyde and bobble hat fun with Lorna Fothergill up front with their own brand of blues with rock and style. Old Bush Blues festooned with hats had a winner, then Lorna tried on for size and sung dressed as a beer keg! As Saturday due to an intoxicating close as guitarist Matthew Long & Sam Anderson joining Northsyde and played up until the curfew.

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music ContinuesSunday, Shirt and Dresses day back with music, beer, coffee and sunshine today drying up the rain from yesterday. Starting the proceedings were an up tempo Del Ray Rockets. This rockabilly trio delivered rock n’ roll lifting the Sunday spirit. Many of the attendees were so excited about Chris Farlowe singing this afternoon. The New Amen Corner started the proceedings the crowd was excited as they smiled danced and sung along to remembered songs from the sixties. Starting the set of featuring Jules Benjamin on keys was Bend Me Shake Me. An anthology of hits from the sixties the perfect mix for a Sunday afternoon, Chris Farlowe greeted by a loud cheer raised the temperature. Once again Matt has found the perfect set for the festival that curls around his pub in Callow End. Robin Bibi was on fire this afternoon. His playing was superb and the new numbers from his barn storming latest album, No More A Secret were electrifying. We were treated to a tribute to BB King, Waiting On You, as he did his walk around. He entertained with blues that filled the marquee as he stood on the table and then invited Richard Clarke to take a turn twiddling the six-strings and finally it was Matt Long’s turn. The title track ensured that albums were in demand and the Bo Diddle inspired Little Annie Brown had the dancers jumping with delight. Sunday saw the music flowing and spirits high with Danny Kyle, solo inspiring as he sat with guitar and vocals and enchanted the festival. Back Water Roll, an authentic six-piece rock n roll band kept the tempo rolling as they played the classic that will always be enjoyed. Next up was a band formed for the festival 633 Squadron, featuring Jules Fothergill (Northsyde), Stuart Dixon and Cliff Brown with his 633 amps. This was quality jam music that flowed and makes a festival zing with the spirit of fun, music and laughter. They may never have played before, no one would know this was blues with curling rock the perfect music as the evening darkened. Ending the festival in traditional style with a Jam with the other Jules. Old Bush Blues just keeps on entertaining and will continue to be an annual pilgrimage for many.

This is a festival that is about a community coming together to enjoy the weekend. Jules Benjamin throughout the weekend controlled the timing acted as MC. The BBQ ranged hot as burgers were demolished and Karen and her staff ensured food was available hot and well cooked. Old Bush Blues works due to the hard work of the whole festival team that surrounds Matt, the musicians and festival goers. Thank you, Old Bush Blues has delivered all it promised to here’s to 2017.

This year Bluesdoodles could only enjoy Saturday and Sunday under the umbrella of blues hospitality that Matt Williams provides every year. For the second year Old Bush Blues entertained us, fed us and supplied some quality ale all wrapped up in the company of old, new and yet to meet friends. I was reliably informed that Friday, was the best ever opening for the friendly festival that relocated from The Star In, Bentworth loosing nothing of its pizazz and energy. Bluesdoodles, was especially disappointed to have missed Lucy Zirins and Debbie Bond who entertained us with amazing Alabama infused blues at Blues on the Farm.

Saturday, midday and the music starts with a storming set from Red Butler. We heard tracks that have become mainstays of their set including Pensions Blues that Jane Pearce wrote after receiving a letter at nineteen about planning for her future. Music is this bands future building on the solid foundation with their debut album Freedom Bound. We are all anticipating their follow-up album with relish, Nothing To Lose may be the title but this young band has everything to again as they build blues that connects to listeners of all ages today. The crowd smiled, danced and got it the festival mood on hats day with their take on Shakin’ All Over and party piece Jay Walker. What a band to start the proceeding as the hats weaved between the two outside marquees Car Park and Garden and the acts in the bar this was a festival where the music entertained. Next up we had classic blues as Cryin’ Out Loud picked up the baton before passing onto a firm festival favourite Five Field Holler. This is the band who ensure that sound works throughout the three days and always provide an entertaining slot. Joined by Italian key board player and Tristan O’Kelly adding guitar and taking over vocal duties. The blues were firing in every shade and now into the bonfire of the blues some harmonica lead swing influence blues from the charismatic Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers. The hats were bobbing in time to the rhythms and the dancers just love to dance. Bringing the Saturday to a stylish close with a double act, back for the second year Catfish who wowed the bar last year. A great set of a mix of blues-rock with scintillating licks and riffs that are picked up by Paul on keys. His pedal board was vast, yet it was used with thought so no effect ever overpowered the great tone Matt conjures from his Les Paul. Matthew Long’s guitar playing influence by Joe Bonamassa just gets better and better the perfect run-up to Northsyde and bobble hat fun with Lorna Fothergill up front with their own brand of blues with rock and style. Old Bush Blues festooned with hats had a winner, then Lorna tried on for size and sung dressed as a beer keg! As Saturday due to an intoxicating close as guitarist Matthew Long & Sam Anderson joining Northsyde and played up until the curfew.

Sunday back with music, beer, coffee and sunshine today drying up the rain from yesterday. Starting the proceedings were an up-tempo Del Ray Rockets. This rockabilly trio delivered rock n’ roll lifting the Sunday spirit. Many of the attendees were so excited about Chris Farlowe singing this afternoon. The New Amen Corner started the proceedings the crowd was excited as they smiled danced and sung along to remembered songs from the sixties. Starting the set of featuring Jules Benjamin on keys was Bend Me Shake Me. An anthology of hits from the sixties the perfect mix for a Sunday afternoon, Chris Farlowe greeted by a loud cheer raised the temperature. Once again Matt has found the perfect set for the festival that curls around his pub in Callow End. Robin Bibi, was on fire this afternoon. His playing was superb and the new numbers from his barn storming latest album, No More A Secret were electrifying. We were treated to a tribute to BB King, Waiting On You, as he did his walk around. He entertained with blues that filled the marquee as he stood on the table and then invited Richard Clarke to take a turn twiddling the six-strings and finally it was Matt Long’s turn. The title track ensured that albums were in demand and the Bo Diddle inspired Little Annie Brown had the dancers jumping with delight. Sunday saw the music flowing and spirits high with Danny Kyle, solo inspiring as he sat with guitar and vocals and enchanted the festival. Back Water Roll, an authentic six-piece rock n roll band kept the tempo rolling as they played the classic that will always be enjoyed. Next up was a band formed for the festival 6333 Squadron, featuring Jules Fothergill (Northsyde), Stuart Dixon and Cliff Brown with his 633 amps. This was quality jam music that flowed and makes a festival zing with the spirit of fun, music and laughter. They may never have played before, no one would know this was blues with curling rock the perfect music as the evening darkened. Ending the festival in traditional style with a Jam with the other Jules. Old Bush Blues just keeps on entertaining and will continue to be an annual pilgrimage for many.

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This is a festival that is about a community coming together to enjoy the weekend. Jules Benjamin throughout the weekend controlled the timing acted as MC. The BBQ ranged hot as burgers were demolished and Karen and her staff ensured food was available hot and well cooked. Old Bush Blues works due to the hard work of the whole festival team that surrounds Matt, the musicians and festival goers. Thank you, Old Bush Blues has delivered all it promised to here’s to 2017.

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