Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Northsyde @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Stark @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Chantel McGregor @ The Tunnels Bristol – December 2015
Waterboys @ Colston Hall, Bristol – December 2015
Planet Rockstock 
Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – November 2015
The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig November 2015
Spikedrivers ~ Pontardawre Arts Centre – Pontardawre November 2015
Joe Satriani with special guest Dan Patlansky ~ Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Nov 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Steve Hackett ~ Live at Colston Hall Bristol October 2015
Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff October 2015
Glenn Hughes & Special Guest Jared James Nichols @ Robin 2, Bilston – October 2015
Steve Earle @ Colston Hall Bristol – October 2015
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons @ St Davids Hall Cardiff October 2015
Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite @ The Convent, Stroud – September 2015
Crosby Stills & Nash @ The Motorpoint, Cardiff – September 2015
Kirk Fletcher @ The Convent Club, Stroud – September 2015
Aynsley Lister @ The Tunnels, Bristol – August 2015
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Babajack & Marcus Bonfanti @ The Cube, Malvern – July 2015
Cara Dillon @ The Convent Club, Stroud
James Hunter Six @ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Brother Strut @ The Globe Cardiff, July 2015
Coolhand Album Launch @ The Globe, Cardiff July 2015
The Jar Family @ The Convent Club, Stroud, July 2015
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Elvis Costello @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Suzanne Vega @ Colston Hall, July 2015
Dave Arcari @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale June 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Doug MacLeod @ The Convent Nr, Stroud, Glos June 2015
Blues on The Farm
Ben Poole supported by The Della Grants @ The Flowerpot, Derby May 2015
Larry Miller @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale May 2015
Dana Fuchs Live @ The Tunnels, Bristol May 2015
Gill Landry Guest of Laura Marling @ Colston Hall May 2015
Kara Grainger: Live @ The Convent Club May 2015
Beth Hart: Live @ Colston Hall May 2015
Dan Patlansky with Tristan MacKay Opening @ The Borderline, London April 2015<a
Mike and The Mechanics @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff April 2015
Band Of Friends @ The Globe, Cardiff April 2015
Duke Garwood @ The Louisiana, Bristol April 2015
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Ben Poole @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Grand Opening @The Convent Club, Stroud, April 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol March 2015
The Handsome Family @ The Globe, Cardiff March 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Flowerpot, Derby – March 2015
Oysterband @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2015
King King with support from Laurence Jones @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2015
Joan Armatrading @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
10cc @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
JAKS & Introducing Stage @ Great British Blues Festival ~ Skegness 2015 – January 2015
Thomas Ford @ West End Club Barry
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – February 2015
Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury – February 2015
Chantel McGregor @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Jan 2015
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Johnny Cash Roadshow @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

FESTIVALS

Rock & Blues Weekend – Friday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Saturday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Sunday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
HRH Blues – O2 Academy Sheffield – April 2016
Blues On The Farm Pump Bottom Farm – June 16th – 19th June
Steelhouse, Ebbw Vale July 2016
Old Bush Blues, Callow End August 2016
3rd UK Blues Challenge @ Robin 2 November 2016
Planet Rockstock 2016 @Trecco Bay – December 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016GIGS

Alter Bridge with support from Like A Storm – Gojira – Volbeat @ Motorpoint Cardiff – Nov 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2016
Black Stone Cherry @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff, November 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2016
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
Ian Siegal – Twenty Five Years Touring @ The Convent, Stroud November 2016
Saxon, Fastway GirlsSchool @O2Bristol November 2016
UFO @Tramshed Cardiff November 2016
Walter Trout, Jared James Nichols @Tramshed Cardiff October 2016
The Tubes @The Globe Cardiff October 2016
Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Will Wilde @ The Scene, Swansea September 2016
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room@ The Tunnels, Bristol – September 2016
Mitch Malloy @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2016
The Dead Daisies @DCU Centre Worcester, Massachusetts – September 2016
Devon Allman @ The Scene Swansea – August 2016
LaVendore Rogue @The Convent, Stroud – August 2016
Sisters Bring Blues and Friendship To The Convent – July 2016
Lisa Mann – The Convent via netgig, July 2016
Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion @ Colston Hall, Bristol – July 2016Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016
Kaz Hawkins Band @ The Convent, June 2016
Vintage Trouble – The Tramshed Cardiff June 2016
Joe Louis Walker -The Convent June 2016
Michael Messer’s Mitra – The Convent – June 2016
Tristan McKay opening for Dan Patlansky – The Globe, Cardiff June 2016
Bonnie Rait – Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
JJ Grey & Mofro – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ben Poole Band – the Flowerpot, Derby May 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016King King supported by Dan Patlansky – Civic Centre, Salisbury May 2016
King King, Dan Patlansky & Cake – Salisbury May 2016
Simon McBride – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Gov’t Mule – O2 Academy, Bristol May 2016
Magnum – Tramshed, Cardiff May 2016
Ryan McGarvey – The Scene Swansea May 2016
Yes – Colston Hall, Bristol May 2016
Fish – Robin 2, Bilston May 2016
Chris Cornell – Colston Hall, Bristol April 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Dr. John Cooper Clarke – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
Hawkwind – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
JW Jones – The Garage, Swansea April 2016
The Sheepdogs with support from The People The Poet – The Globe, Cardiff
Karnataka – The Globe, Cardiff – April 2016
Tracer, Federal Charm & Everyday Circus – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Reef & Tax The Heat – Tramshed, Cardiff March 2016
Ian Siegal – ‘The Lantern Colston Hall – Bristol Jazz Festival March 2016
King King with support Laurence Jones – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Mary Coughlan – @ Roots Unearthed – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, March 2016
Jack Savoretti – supported by Earl – @ Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Devon Allman – supported by Kev Andrews @ The Flowerpot Derby – February 2016
Inglorious – supported by Ali Clinton @ The Flowerpot, Derby – February 2016
Runrig @ Colston Hall – February 2016
King King, Terrorvision & Thunder @ Colston Hall – February 2016
Whiskey Myers opening For Cadillac Three @ Tramshed, Cardiff – February 2016
Inglorious Opening For The Winery Dogs @ O2 Academy, Bristol – February 2016
RavenEye @ Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff – January 2016
Oyster 3 @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff – January 2016

Silver Linings at Blues On The Farm in June

Always a Silver Lining at Blues On The Farm in JuneSilver Linings at Blues On The Farm in June

Twenty-five years ago, Pump Bottom cider Farm introduced to the blues fans the first Blues on The Farm. Now Blues on The Farm is a shining silver jewel in the festival calendar; with a line-up that thrills and ensures the music is the silver lining on any cloud that hinders a clear blue midsummer sky. The weather didn’t seem to realise this was a celebration of music in the summer and decided to rain, thunder, and showing us just glimpses of its sunny summer side.

 

From the first act on Thursday to the last on the Sunday music ruled the roost, blues was the top dog on this farm for one extended weekend every year around midsummer. Opening with Billy Walton Band who had flown in from the States to start their tour got the festival into a dancing, smiling bluesy vibe. They were just what the campers and everyone else wanted setting the tone and quality. The evening flowed with Laurence Jones who as ever wowed us with the skills that wins him awards and fans across the world. His voice grows with depth and confidence matching his skills on the six-strings. Closing the opening night with everyone in a party mood a perennial festival favourite, Mike Sanchez. His band and boogie woogie piano delivered the party to get the festival off to a swinging start.

 

Friday, early afternoon start, the music poured out as Hitman Blues Band filled the stage. This eight-piece gave us layers of tones that ensured their performance was remembered by everyone that heard them. The blues was a 3-dimensional entertainment and we were in the groove ready for more. The Hitmen hit the mark with, slide guitar and harp the crowds were certainly warming up for Friday fun   on this damp, sultry June afternoon. The music throughout the Friday entertained the crowds, with breaks in the action and opportunities to test the beer, have the face painted and enjoy the selection of food; hot tea and doughnuts the perfect festival treat in the afternoon.  The atmosphere was heating up as old friends greeted each, caught up on the news, the bands they were looking forward to seeing this weekend and the highlights of memories over the last twenty-five years. In the mix new friendships and dancing partners were made.  The highlights of a wonderful Friday was not the Thunder but that the power stayed on, and that the soundmen kept the music playing loud and blue. Music highlights were definitely the wonderful Sari Schorr & The Engine Room a new band for Bluesdoodles and were exciting so we will be seeing her soon and the promised album should be a delicious musical journey. A feature of the sound was Innes Sibun on guitar adding rock-blues chords that challenge and complement Sari’s vocals. Her unique take on the Leadbelly classic Black Betty was a wonder to hear resetting this number so that it lingers as an ear-worm for a long time after.  There is no doubt her music is A Force of Nature; Sari is unafraid as she performed a powerful emotionally charged set. Mike Vernon and The Mighty Combo was a pleasure to behold, full of swing sixties pizzazz and energy. The mighty King King, unarguably, the premier blues-rock band on the UK circuit, as they go from strength to strength whilst Reaching For The Light. A light shining as bright as the music that curls around the marquee and across the darkened skies. We love the kilt, the keys. The music was fabulous from the first note to the last chords of Alan Nimmo’s guitar and King King. As we left my only thought was bring on Saturday music is the strongest force of good in the universe.

 

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Like the music we were smiling this was a day of so much quality you had to have been here to really understand what makes Blues on the Farm in June the special place to be. Full of life and energy the young up and coming blues band Red Butler took to the stage. Shaping musical memories to last the whole day long and for many the countdown to owning the new album they are recording at the moment has truly begun. No wonder they are full of confidence representing UK in Europe opened musical avenues for them to build on and the music they share with the world is a calling card of intent. Red Butler entertains, with Alex on guitar including a cigar box, and Jane up front on vocals that have the power and energy to blow away any lurking rain clouds. Red Butler always had potential they are now putting that into action with a more polished stage show and a new party piece, Mike and Alex both playing the same guitar a real fun festival memory.  The mega drumming presence of Sam Kelly combined with the rest of Station House ensures the festival party is going to get funky and the dancers appreciated the deep grooves laid down once again by Station House. They always mash-it-up with a “Reggae” take of Little Wing. As usual, you do not want their music to stop but party on through the night. Never mind next up is there a Doctor in the house. NO! But there is New Zealand based rock n’ Roll band Brilleaux. Back for the second year after delighting everyone in 2015, Brilleaux, brought energy to the beat and really increased the energy levels on a warm June afternoon. Once again a highlight as they went down a storm, Brilleaux keeps the energy and vibe of British Rn’B spreading and maintaining the gospel of the Essex Delta. Saturday evening starts with the second Scottish act of the weekend and definitely not the last with a very good, very loud Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band. Following on was an artist celebrating his own Silver jubilee later this year Ian Siegal and his band. The set was electric. Ian and the band spark off each other as the chemistry between them distills and creates blues defining definition. He has a mix of sounds, country, Tex-Mex, Mississippi Hill Country and a very British vibe. The mix is spell-binding. Music that connects deep into your music radar. This was a night with a mix of songs we love to hear. Including the award-winning, I Am the Train, Brandy Balloon and Gallo Del Cielo, yet again no happy ending. It was though an opportunity for Dusty Ciggar’s breathtakingly awesome guitar breaks he is so inventive. Ian Siegal was his own enigmatic, and brilliant self as he shaped his superb vocal range and guitar painting a picture of the lyrics that created a rock n’ rolling masterpiece with his guitar and the rhythm and beat   this band.   Yes, an encore was demanded and we were rewarded with Hard Pressed with a Siegal diversion of  Prince’s Sign of The Times and closing with the A Walk In The Wilderness, not the first time this festival Glaswegian Big George was remembered. How does a festival schedule follow that easy if you are the Blues on The Farm organiser’s, Gary Brooker and Friends the perfect band to help us party on a Saturday night; with a set of Blues and British R n’ B classics, interspersed with Gary’s back catalogue. Just what the festival crowd ordered.

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Sunday, how the time is flowing through the festival sand-clock only six bands left to hear and only a few more hours to drink beer and meet your friends.  Sunday saw a mix of styles, opening the afternoon The Blues Issue, who got the blues flowing through the tent and out beyond. With lots of bands for me to listen to I was not disappointed by Debbie Bond, from Alabama. She bought to the stage skillful guitar playing and a great array of songs from her current album.  With Rick ‘Radiator’ on harp and keys playing a wonderful bass left hand. Augmented by Ray Carless on Sax and the re-appearance of Sam Kelly on drums. Debbie has a style of blues that makes you smile as she sings some great lyrics loved The Wishbone Song. In between the music talking in a friendly chatty way as we learnt about the strength and depth of Blues in Alabama, waving the flag for that state this year following on from Lisa Mills in 2014.  Dr. Schwamp followed, the festival needs to shake up the acts. Dr Schwamp did this with Bagpipes (first for me at a blues festival), fiddle and more. Bagpipes and the Blues can it be done? Well surprisingly yes! The set was dramatic full of showmanship proving once again, Blues on The Farm is the friendliest festival and never afraid to bring us music that surprises us. These risks pay off as Industrial Folk/alternative blues band The Jar Family have become a mainstay of the festival and back for their third year with the eclectic and entertaining delivery of folk blues roots music that gets the festival jumping. With some new numbers The Jar Family know how to entertain with the mix of guitars, harp and percussion they are multi-instrumentalists extraordinaire, with only the drummer staying in one place throughout the show.  The Jar Family are true showmen, which entertain with music that flows through your veins.  Next up all the way from Denmark were Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado. This seven-piece combined horns, great lead vocals, keys,  guitar and so much more as they created a rockingly good sound. They gave the festival an authentic R ‘n’ B sound. You couldn’t help but let your feet tap, hips shake and dance with the deep rhythms of the band. The night was drawing to a close, the final act of the twenty-fifth anniversary was about to take to the stage. The second Nimmo of the weekend and third Scotsman Stevie Nimmo Trio was the final musical firework show of Blues on The Farm 2016.   The final set was a highlight that left you wanting more music and to be back on the farm in 2017. This is a trio that twists and turns your emotions as you laugh and cry to the lyrical rollercoaster of Stevie. His guitar work is sublime bringing the festival to a rousing conclusion.  The Sky Won’t Fall from the blues horizon with music like this and festivals of the quality that Julian Moores achieves every year down on the cider farm in Sussex.

 

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This year in addition to the main stage, beer, food and fun there was a pop-up stage to entertain between the acts this year included Jack Hutchinson, Amanda St.John and the ebullient Kaz Hawkins who took over the beer tent for dancing and powerful gospel-inspired stripped back set.

Twenty-five years, on to 2017 and this year the Marquee may have shrunk in the rain, the clouds may have tried to dampen our spirits. The music lifted the spirits and the beer flowed and we made sure this was a party. Thank you once again to Julian & Kathy for opening their farm for four days of music delights,the music we love, old, new and definitely every shade of blue.   The mud well that is the signature note of summer festivals of 2016 and Julian’s organization ensured no-one was stranded at Pump Bottom farm we will be back for 2017 Blues on the Farm.

Celebrating Twenty-five years Blues On The Farm June 2016

Blues on Farm 2016
BLUES ON THE FARM FESTIVAL:

16
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

Bluesdoodles in the Press – July 2015

Blues In Britain

Blues On the Farm

BiB Blues Farm July 2015

 

Pete Gage ~ Left Over Blues

Pete Gage

Blues On The Farm 2015

Overview:

A weekend that was crammed with delights for your taste buds anStation House - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0002ld musical ear and the weather was kind. Whether you like a hot cup of tea, a summer fruity jug of Pimms or real ale and cider the liquid refreshment was available on tap and consumed with relish by the number of empty barrels by late Sunday evening. The food was varied from falafel and all things veggie, curries chips and hog roast all served with a smile and provided a tasty appetizer between the music shows; then there were the hot sweet freshly cooked doughnuts to be dipped in sugar or cinnamon not licking your lips between the bites was impossible! Face painting and henna art were enjoyed by adults and children alike! Then at this friendly festival there was the music with so many highlights and acts that hit the spot it seems a tad unfair to select a few but they were the sparklers and cherries that stood out of the cocktail of delights that Julian and his team had artfully blended to form Blues On The Farm 2015. Friday was full of shows that just prove the diversity and depth of British Blues for me it had to be The Jar Family they add that dimension that make festivals fizz and sparkle closely followed by Layla Zoe, The Hoax and the final special moment the firework lighting up the sky Mud Morganfield and his authentic blues. The sparkle in Saturdays cocktail definitely shaken rather than stirred was Kaz Hawkins and her Band O’ Men and Sunday’s it had to be that act with a difference with fire in its cocktail mix Rodney Brannigan & John Pointer where beat box meets acoustic with a novelty trick or two thrown in. We are now counting down to the 25th Blues on The Farm 2016.

 

From Thursday evening through to Sunday night, the weather stayed fine, the sun shone, people had fun, food was enjoyed and the beer and Pimms flowed what more do you need to make everything perfect quality live music and that we all had with the twenty live acts and a drum workshop it was a full festival banquet.
Opening the event were two fine bands that got the crowds in the mood and the campers full of party spirit, with the surprise of an impromptu guest singer when Jo Harman joined Kokomo on stage. Friday afternoon the crowds swelled as the award of a Friday afternoon away from the office were rewarded by a talented young band Stark who a put the electric into rocky blues with a different way of playing the resonator and arrangements of classics including some Blind Willie Jefferson. They were fun and entertaining a young band with lots to offer. As ever this is the festival that rings the changes no band is ever the same as the rest on the set, with a quick sound check and the ever superb sound and lighting men had the stage ready for a five piece Owen and the Mockingbirds they knew how to entertain with their country blues with self-penned numbers that, despite at times lacking that magic that makes them different, the appreciative crowd enjoyed this knowing that the choice of beers and cider to be tasted throughout the weekend and then the lure of yummy doughnut rings would provide entertaining accompaniment.

The Jar Family  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0067lReturning again this year following a successful debut at the festival in 2015 The Jar Family built up the tempo and added their unique, eclectic mix of folk, roots and a touch of Hartlepool Americana shaped into their music, which they call Industrial Folk. They certainly didn’t disappoint they were very good last year but the excelled in 2015, a team of six men make the jar full of music that fills the marquee, across the field and into the campsite beckoning everyone to get up dance, smile and enjoy this band that adds a spark to any festival. They delivered a spellbinding set as they all took turns to lead sharing vocal duties with their fine tuneful voices and songs that reflect the experiences of life of folk today, they took the roof off the marquee and no wonder an encore was screamed for and they happily obliged, as they left the stage the whole festival wished Lee a happy wedding day on the Saturday. How was Julian going to follow that act, easy for a man who has planned festivals for twenty-four years he follows up with three headline acts in a row, Layla Zoe; The Hoax and Mud Morganfield who just kept raising the excitement of the festival.
Layla Zoe  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0068lLayla Zoe knows how to pull the crowd in close she has a voice that is full of emotion mirroring the drama she brings to the stage with her flowing hair and raunchy approach to her interaction with her guitarist and all the good things musically, the rhythm section is solid and the guitars solos were pure delight; she showcased her latest album Live At Spirit 66 and The Lily was a special moment in the set but the real tingling on the back of the neck was her a Capella encore of The Beatles Let It Be; follow that The Hoax. They certainly did returning once again to the farm having first performed at Pump Farm twenty-two years ago we were all so much The Hoax  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0041lyounger then. The group is as popular today when they play a few special gigs when they can all get together. Jesse’s guitar work is sublime with Jon to match at the other side of the stage and Hugh as the frontman still draws our attention. They are still a British Blues super group the tent was crammed and the fans up front were transfixed as they sang along to every lyric they played our favourites and raised the roof with FeedingMud Morganfield  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0067l Time, Gimme A Drink and Shine On were mesmerising as the music cascaded up and down your spine they have the Hoax effect on audiences every time they step onto the stage. The sky was darkening as midsummer sun set on closing this night of festival delight was Mud Morganfield, with his authentic Chicago Blues sound, close your eyes and it is his father the great Muddy Waters on the stage. Leaving you wanting more and already wanting more music tomorrow beckons with another line-up of delights.

Ricky Cool and the In Crowd - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0046lBeer tent visited another ale sampled and Idlewood a young band with loads of potential got the blues tempo underway. There self-penned numbers showed the power of harmonising and had a British pop blues feel that certainly had a pleasing tone. The tempo was raised with a Memphis/Detroit take on the blues when Ricky Cool and the In Crowd stepped up onto the stage. They delivered an accomplished set of rock n’ roll with the twin sax and the hint of swing this was Saturday afternoon dance and party time as we heard some Booker T and so much more. Following the opening acts the vibe was good as the quartet of acts to follow beckoned, the first of this lucky four-leaf clover of blues was the effervescent Sam Kelly’s Station House. Station House - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0015lThey are always a welcome sight on the stage and a pleasing cocktail of free-form eclectic music that stirs you from the sole of your feet to the top of the head. The whole set was perfect for a Saturday afternoon with a twist of funk; a dollop of bleggae and the delight of listening to a quintet of musicians who just love to play the music that sets them on fire. Spy on bass is the smartest player and Sam on drums kicks the band into action their version of Pink Floyd’s Breathe captivated and I Shot The sheriff was fun come back soon you are welcome every time to this friendly festival. Now we have Ben Poole - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0148lsome heavy blues guitar delivered with attitude Ben Poole strode on to stage and let his guitar do the talking, raising the volume and clear any cobwebs we had. Hey Joe is definitely his festival piece with the intriguing intro, you recognise then as you pinpoint the tune he launches into a full assault making this Hendrix number his own.

Kaz Hawkins - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0102lWho could follow that high voltage performance well a lady from Belfast could and did the one and only Kaz Hawkins & Her Band O Men. This is a high energy live act that focusses around the power and delivery of Kaz’s vocals with the added swish of petticoats, stomp of her bright red boots; on top of all that she can play guitar. None of this would be possible without the skill of her band O Men who play to her tune with skill and make sure they are keeping up with her random approach to her show. She has stage presence nay stage domination she is a flash of polka dot whose voice sings the blues with a gruffness, gospel with clarity and her rendition of Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good the second of the festival was for me the best I have ever heard. The croJive Aces - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0052lThe crowd at times were rowdy but she dealt with them there is a no-nonsense approach to Kaz when singing her music and dealing with fools in the crowd, if you missed her this weekend check out the act and get to see her soon; closing with Etta James’ I Just Want To Make Love To You we were in heaven and wanted more. There was more music, this was time to refresh yourselves, put on your dancing shoes as the stage was set for The Jive Aces; a band coordinated in eye-catching yellow they swung into action with some jive and rock n’ roll numbers that were the perfect finale to party Saturday night away.

Malaya Blue - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0028lWith a few hours’ sleep it was all too soon the final day many friends met and new friends made it was time for the music opening with Malaya Blue who coincided opening the last day of the festival with the launch of her single Hope from her forthcoming album. Following up from Bourbon Street, Malaya’s approach to the blues is very different form the energy charged approach of the two power divas Layla and Kaz. Malaya’s approach is gentler more constrained and it is fantastic to have three women heading talented bands one each day for the festival; this set-up is fairly new and building their presence on the circuit which will surely grow as we get to know Malaya’s brand of blues with soul. The next band, The Cajun Roosters, drew the audience away from the sun and into the stage area to hear Louisiana Cajun based music, with fiddle and squeeze box Cajun Rooster - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0056lthis was sunny afternoon music you have to dance and smile as the beat with its infectious quality as much of the set was sung in French patois. Now newt was something completely different, a duo of Rodney Brannigan and John Pointer. Rodney has entertained this festival before and today accompanied by a fellow Texan he added more to the always entertaining event. There was everything in the set some great acoustic guitar with the addition of percussive fingerstyle guitar pioneered by Michael Hedges, which captivated everyone listening this afternoon. The Stomp box was huge, the beat box was a stylish and the mix of instruments changed with a blink of an eyelid. This was a complex act Rodney Branigan and John Pointer - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0059lfor any sound desk with twenty-seven inputs but nothing phases BOTF who are never afraid to book acts that stretch your boundaries and delight every time . Closing the imaginative set with his trademark playing two guitars at the same time Rodney once again delivered what a festival needs some excitement this certainly pleased the crowds with its originality, energy and skills. Phew after that you need to draw breath and before you know it Champion Doug Veitch changed the groove again with a mix of Cajun swing with a brass section which added energy and that unique musical range. We saw some country dancing as the audience enthusiastically joined in with the musical delights, a real feel-good band playing music they love with the audience warming to the show with every song delivered. With just two bands left on the longest day that coincided with Father’s Day there were lots of happy people who were delighted to dance and join in the fun as Brilleaux from New Zealand delivered Dr Feelgood style music much of which Brilleaux - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0024lwere self-penned. In between they played some great early British R ‘n’ B from Yardbirds to Billy Fury. This was a crowd pleasing high energy set and the delight of the band and many of the audience was when John Potter key board player in bands with WilKo Johnson including Solid Sender, Wilko Johnson Band adding some authentic 1960’s vibe. This was a real festival moment that everyone present will remember for a long time leaving Brothers Groove to close this 24th Blues On The Farm Festival. This was the perfect set to bring a blues festival to a cheering, barnstorming close leaving everyone wanting more music and countdown to the twenty-fifth anniversary Blues on The Farm Festival; with Julian asking if we had any bands we want to hear next year, let him know and they will be considered!

In Conversation with Julian Moores – Blues on The Farm

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Blues on The Farm
Thursday 19th June – Sunday 21st June 2015
The Friendly Festival

 

 

Liz at Bluesdoodles had a wonderful conversation with Julian Moores about this year’s Blues on The Farm festival delivering music from Thursday 17th June through to Sunday evening 21st June; a perfect way to celebrate mid-summer and the delight of live music in convivial company.

Bluesdoodles: What has 24th year of Blues on the Farm to offer this year to stand out from the crowded festival calendar?

Julian: Every single band from the opening act Kokomo from 7.30pm on Thursday 18th through to the last act of the weekend Brothers Groove on stage from 9pm Sunday 21st until the crowds let them go; every act has a musical story to create the jigsaw of styles that makes this the friendliest festival in Britain and keeps the festival fresh and full of energy that keeps people coming back every year..

Bluesdoodles: You mention every band is chosen with shaping the festival – tell everyone about how each day works across the weekend.

Julian: We try to give each day a feel that suits the audiences from experiences gained from the feedback we get every year the majority is positive and we always welcome constructive criticism so we keep improving the experience for festival goers, musicians and team Blues on the Farm.
THURSDAY 18th June: we have tried lots of formats ranging from meet and greets for the campers to local bands; this year is a departure from the norm. We have two bands that are a mix of Blues/funk/soul to get things going; lots of people love this style bringing back memories of many bands including Average White Band. The format for the evening is a good time for everyone who arrives on a Thursday often after a long journey and for people living locally appealing to the many people locally who love the ale we serve and this style of music on a summer’s evening and so makes it a standalone gig as well.

FRIDAY 19th June: This year we have six bands that will bring blues music that excites included in the mix are Jar Family back by popular demand after delighting the festival last year on a warm Sunday afternoon, their blues with a steampunk attitude hit the right spot. We also welcome back the ever popular band The Hoax and the return of Mud Morganfield who brings the spirit of Muddy Waters into the festival, on his only visit to U.K. this summer. Into the mix we have a young and talented band Stark and Owen & The Mockingbirds an act from the South Coast plus the power of Canadian firebird Layla Zoe Friday is a day of wall to wall music delivered with passion.

SATURDAY 20th June: Today is party day, we all want fun music, dancing and a feeling that the festival and time out from our daily routines will go on and on, hence why we end the day with a feel good band The Jive Aces. We also will delight everyone who loves blues guitar with Ben Poole who with his band always impresses the crowds, Kaz Hawkins & Her Band O’ Men we think is the hidden gem of the festival she will be a new act to many and her vocals are awesome. Sam Kelly’s Station House will once again bring his blues rhythm to a Saturday that has a musical zing from beginning to end.

SUNDAY 21st June: We always say Sunday is a day for good quality happy music and as ever is a mixed bag of music that is family friendly for all ages to enjoy and have positive memories of the Friendliest Festival in Britain today. Opening with a drum workshop delivered by the great raconteur Sam Kelly, he loves to share his knowledge and has a lovely calmness about him as he promotes live music. Into the mix we have some Cajun from The Roosters back in the saddle with his Cajun reggae is Champion Doug Veitch, Brilleaux from New Zealand named after Dr Feelgood’s Lee Brilleaux; and closing with Brothers Groove who put down a good groove as people drift away and return home. Counting down the days until Blues on the Farm 2016 our 25th anniversary.

Bluesdoodles: Blues On The Farm definitely delivers the music, what else is there that makes this a festival to remember and keep returning

Julian: We have camping facilities for tents and motorhomes; these are in the many fields never far away from the action, with the spaces divided by mature tree breaks creating the feel that you are in your own private space. The safety of our campers is assured with our Security Stewards will be on patrol 24 hours and any emergencies at night can be referred to them.
Refreshments: The beer tent is always popular with a range of ales (up to 20 to choose from) and ciders; along with non-alcoholic beverages. We also have a range of food stalls to suit every ones tastes and plenty of tea and coffee.

Bluesdoodles: What keeps you motivated to keep going to the festival every year; when you set the bar higher and higher as each year builds on the previous festival?

Julian: The enthusiastic response from people at the festival; so many people stop and tell me how they love the music, and the atmosphere. We want to make this a real holiday experience for people who come for the weekend building a rapport with people that return ever year they are the real friends of the festivals. Then there are the letters, messages on Facebook and the flowers that Cath gets sent as a thank you we really appreciate the personal connection people have.
The feedback we get is amazing from bands who have said BOTF artist are valued to the dedicated who collect the memorabilia of the event, tickets, programmes and T Shirts every year; we have become part of festival attendees summer calendar, we love meeting and greeting everyone. To me it is delivering a fabulous festival that lives up to its name the Friendliest Festival in Britain. As the marque comes down, the litter cleared we start the booking of bands for 2016.

LOCATION
Location
Blues on the Farm
Pump Bottom Farm,
Birdham Rd.
Chichester,
West Sussex, PO20 7EH

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TICKET PRICES: Can be purchased through website

4 DAY TICKET
ADULT TICKET – £129.00
CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £49.50 ~ under 10’s get in free

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE 2015 TICKET
EVENING ONLY ADULT – 18.30 – 24.00 ~ Two Bands – £28.00
EVENING ONLY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £14.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2015
ALL DAY ADULT TICKET – £36.00
ALL DAY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £18.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 ADULT – 18.30 – 25.00 ~ Three Bands – £25.00
EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £12.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

SATURDAY 20TH JUNE 2015
ALL DAY ADULT TICKET – £36.00
ALL DAY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £17.50 ~ under 10’s get in free

EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 ADULT – 18.30 – 25.00 ~ Three Bands – £25.00
EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £12.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

SUNDAY 21ST JUNE 2015
ALL DAY ADULT TICKET – £36.00
ALL DAY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £15.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 ADULT – 18.30 – 25.00 ~ Three Bands – £25.00
EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £12.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

To Buy Tickets click ONLINE or Ticket Hotline: 01243 773828 or 01243 539072
For more information check out Blues On The Farm website http://www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk/

Photo Gallery of 2015 – Liz Aiken Photography

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NEW ALBUM ★ NEW TOUR ★ NEW LINEUP

RSBNEW ALBUM ★ NEW TOUR ★ NEW LINEUP
Royal Southern Brotherhood – “Don’t Look Back” World Tour featuring the legendary Cyril Neville, Bart Walker, Tyrone Vaughan, Charlie Wooton, and Yonrico Scott, in support of their forthcoming album “Don’t Look Back” – Releasing 5.26.15 on Ruf Records! www.royalsouthernbrotherhood.com
04/16/15 Live Oak, FL Wanee Festival (with Devon)
04/17/15 Macon, GA Cox Capital Theater (with Devon)
04/18/15 Wyomissing, PA Burkes Jazz Festival (Devon Allman’s last date with RSB)
★ RSB 2015 TOUR with Cyril Neville, Bart Walker, Tyrone Vaughan, Charlie Wooton, and Yonrico Scott
04/21/15 Esbjerg, Denmark Tobakken, Denmark
04/22/15 Odense Posten, Denmark
04/23/15 Portalen Greve, Denmark
04/24/15 Eidsvoll Eidsvoll Rock & Blues Klubb, Norway
04/25/15 Trondheim Nidaros Bluesfestival, Norway
04/29/15 New Orleans, LA Louisiana Music Factory, In-Store
04/30/15 New Orleans, LA Botanical Gardens

Bluesdoodles loved listening to Royal Southern Brotherhood Live read our reviews – Blues On The Farm 2014 and The Globe, Cardiff and the year before at The Flowerpot, Derby

There last album was amazing Heartsoulblood

Blue Rocky Quirky… Good Music 2014 Blues On The Farm

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Blues On The Farm, is a wonderful festival that mixes the music up, we have artists from overseas, headline acts and bands we all know some we love others not quiet our cup of tea! then into this delicious mix of delights every year they add some bands that are just plain quirky. The winning mix is like a jug of Pimms full of fruity textures, the hit of alcohol, sweetness of lemonade and the shock of ice on our teeth…..

I missed the two Thursday  but they were a great way of starting this wonderful festival with Antionio Forcioni with Sarah Jane Morris starting the festival fun, followed by The Big Chris Barber Band (unfortunately without Chris Barber who had broken his ankle) but the show went on.

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As I arrived on the Friday for the start of my festival experience I was greeted with a harmonious mix hot sunshine, well stocked beer tent, that also included tempting and refreshing jugs of Pimms, delicious food, interesting and colourful stalls from Blacksmith through to CD’s and the instantly recognisable guitar chords of Robin Bibi. A great start to three days of wall to wall entertainment, you had the choice of sitting relaxing in the sun and letting the music drift over you or getting up close and personal with the bands in the marquee.

Friday was a day of contrasts from Robin and his band playing blues with heart and soul bring SRV to Chichester, through to the full Southern Rock/Blues/World music of Royal Southern Brotherhood. Opening with Robin Bibi and his band set the tone that was to be the overarching theme for the weekend was going to be quality from the first to last note. Robin delivered a set that was full of favourites and the blues swelled across the grounds as Robin played guitar as if he meant business full of fluency and solo’s that were just the right length; everyone was delighted as he left the stage and played his magic of the blues close and personal.

The first act from U.S.A. Lisa Mills with her regular partner in music on the Double Bass, a harmonious combination Read all about it in Over Atlantic

LaVendore Rogue With a quick stage change and the opportunity to top up our glasses and catch some of the sun then the first powerful chords of LaVendore Rogue were heard across the festival; I was really looking forward to hearing this band live. The bedrock of the band is a trio of musical compatriots who were part of the popular Hokie Joint who believed in doing it differently. So we still had JoJo Burgess up front on vocals, stage right Joel Fisk on guitar and the ever mercurial drummer at the back Steve “Cupsey” Cutmore. The addition of a keyboard player Warren Lynn and Rob “Tank” Barry on Bass to the trio gives the required depth of sound and adds colour and texture to the music being created. Jo Jo’s story-telling provides a meaningful and entertaining intro into each track, they all have a story to tell and then there is the very special stage persona combined with powerful vocals; and Joel’s guitar playing shines through clear as he shreds up the tracks and pumps up the volume. LaVendore Rogue are definitely not a re-making of Hokie Joint this is a band determined to drive a new groove rockier a little bit Rock N’ Roll with a bit of death and voodoo magic added… a 21st century sound that will not be silenced or pigeon-holed into the blues they want to be heard in venues across the land, and so they should good music like this deserves to be heard.

Another popular act strode onto stage Hamilton Loomis with his band from the U.S.A creating a feel good atmosphere with a musical tone the complete opposite to the previous act. Like Lisa Mills, Bluesdoodles has reviewed this already so click for the link

No wonder the tent was filling fast and the crush at the front full of excitement as many had come dressed and ready for this act this was the reason they were at The Farm tonight, as the next up is the ever popular British Boogie-woogie larger than life full of energy Mike Sanchez whose fingers fly across the keys. Great musicians in his 6-piece outfit featuring Tom Bull on guitar, bassist Nick Whitfield (both Tom and Nick hail from Leicester’s Drugstore Cowboys), Mike’s long-term drummer Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) and Martin Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison); a loud cheer and warm welcome was given to his wife Sarah when she joined the band to sing a a couple of numbers and the happiness and love flowed from the stage and into the night air! The evening hummed with rock ‘n’ roll and blues with medley of our favourites given that Mike Sanchez treatment. We even had a change on the double bass as Ian Jennings gave Nick a rest and took over the roll… Rockabilly was king of the tent tonight. This created a great atmosphere in preparation for the Headline act The Royal Southern Brotherhood from U.S.A They also had a special guest join the Hamilton Loomis we had a real festival feel the set was superb.. see Bluesdoodles review Headline Acts… They certainly were the delicious cherry on top of a musical pie full of textures and delights as the music faded away the crowds left with the music of Royal Southern Brotherhood and the title tracks flowing through there head from their latest album heartbloodsoul what a musical Friday.

The longest day was going to bring a mix of sounds with an intriguing line-up another exciting line-up starting off with solo artist Devenport and ending with King King bringing their exciting version of the blues into the mix. Such an appropriate act for a sultry summers afternoon with his laid back charm and rootsy Americana style as his vocals and guitar combined to make you want to listen I loved the track Elouise. This is a difficult slot with people arriving greeting each other, but he managed this well through his easy engagement with the crowds with his tales and comments and music you wanted to sit back listen to and relax…. The next act up were a real contrast Toy Hearts a four piece no drums with at its core a family trio of sisters Hannah (vocals and mandolin) and Sophia (guitar and vocals) together with their father Stewart (Banjo, Dobro, Steel) and an honorary Uncle on Bass; creating an afternoon party feel with their take on western swing blues. The sound was very addictive, foot tapping let’s dance sound with lots of change in pace that meant everyone was smiling and saying this is so perfect for a sunny afternoon. The track Stutter Blues and others from their album Whiskey and others from Flyin’ Too High including Cindy Walkers, Baby That Sure Would Go Good. I particularly enjoyed their rendition of St James Infirmary this is definitely a feel good act.
Next up, unexpectedly, were the Midnight Ramble a six piece from Liverpool who stepped in as Federal Charm were awaiting for the AA to bring the broken van and themselves to the festival. This young band certainly knew how to deliver and along with the Jar Family who played on Sunday were my finds of the weekend. The vocalist Paul Dunbar could belt out a song and the musicianship of the band was superb with some great timing nothing seemed rushed and the addition of a sax and trumpet added another dimension. I would describe them as a raw, full of potential and intriguing mix of early King King with the vocals of Ian Siegal in his younger days. South Paw Billie and Lions were two great live sounds and having heard their CD they are good in the studio; into the mix of their own numbers they interspersed classics of which they did a fine version of Sam Cooke’s Bring It On Home To Me. To assist the festival and fill in the time as we waited for Federal Charm a longer encore and then Paul with guitar and his delicious vocals played on delivering a couple of solo numbers. The Midnight Ramble acquired a new set of fans who wanted to take some of the magic home with them. This is a band full of potential and hoping that the 2015 festival season see this band on many more stages across the U.K. and beyond.

With that Federal Charm arrived and dashed on the stage quick sound check and they were off, hitting the ground running delivering their brand of high-octane fueled rock with a twist of blues. They played fast and hard including a cover of Led Zepplins Nobody’s Fault But Mine, they are a really good band but there is still plenty of stagecraft and that skill of knowing when to slow it down still to be learnt. The two guitarists, Nick Bowden and Paul Bowe create completely different sounds and the interplay between them works really well they are a real crowd pleaser and gaining a following my favourite was when they slowed it down a bit for a slow bluesy track really showing the skills and the way the two guitars interplay was superb.

The Blues Band on next had the tent full of excited fans who wanted to get up close and great and chat with the band, there were many staunch and loyal friends arriving to see this act. There is no argument that tonight everyone loved to hear Paul Jones play the blues. They are consummate professionals and can always be relied upon to deliver the goods, the set tonight had a biography/anthology theme an opportunity for all the old numbers to be heard turning back the years for many with tracks like Talk To Me Baby, they left the audience very satisfied and the energy levels went up again as the young guns British Blues Award winning band King King stepped on to the stage, to bring Saturday to the close. This headline act, came, Played and conquered even more fans tonight… the skies on this longest day were still not inky black as the last chord died away. Bluesdoodles reviewed King King in Headlines Saturday was a day of contrasts the stand-out acts for me were Midnight Ramble and King King they both in their own way took control of stage and festival a delivered quality at Blues on The Farm 2014.

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Sunday saw seven acts, they all had one thing in common they were determined that everyone should have a good time listening to some great music. Opening the final day of the sunny festival was Electric Revelators featuring The Revelettes, they delivered to an appreciative crowd traditional delta blues Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson this was the first festival performance of this recently reformed group, with Gordon ‘Slim Blues’ Wride and Simon Gregory joined by the Revellettes Carol Edwards adding to the vocals with a lovely vocals and Joanne Phillips bringing a percussive beat to the group. They certainly got the growing crowd into the mood for the next act Stomp and Holler who stamped a distinctive beat to the proceedings; this is a band I had been looking forward to hearing live after reviewing their album, Groove Grease and they certainly cut a dash in there co-ordinated colour matching outfits in turquoise and black. I wasn’t disappointed with the combination of lively colourful musicianship great interplay between the members and the opening track of ‘Crazy Up Here’ really set the scene. We had a real mix of instruments, flute, sax, accordion, trumpet. Bass, keys, drums and guitar, no one sound dominated as they delivered an eclectic mix that blended and turned into the Stomp and Holler musical shape, jazz, blues and folk and layered on top of that was a mix of four good voices. The band was obviously really enjoying playing the music in a style they love this bonhomie was infectious, as they paraded through the crowd with Sax, trumpet and the freedom boot, a great band that can really deliver what they say on the tin.. You might say how do you follow all that festival excitement …easy says Julian Mores as The Jar Family filled the stage. This band of men from Hartlepool refuse to have the music contained in a single jar! The music will not be captured in a single phrase though the describe themselves as Industrial Folk, they may be quirky, may not be blues but they are most definitely a band delivering great music. The sound they produce is brash, in your face they want to be noticed and noticed they were with the melding and twisting and reinventing mix of folk, country and the underlining hum of the blues, one thing for certain they are unique, there are similarities to the Oysterband. All the songs were hard-hitting lyrical carried by a tuneful melody ‘You Took My Money; ‘Pay It Back’; this is collective of a band with no real lead vocalist or guitarist as they all took turns, swapped instruments this interchanging could have been anarchic mayhem but it wasn’t because they knew which track who had centre stage and the rest stepped back and support with this colourful music visually and aurally a delight. The self-penned lyrics were strong and introduced a new song ‘The World’s too Fast For Us’ what a band the time on the stage dashed by and far too soon they were leaving, this is a band that deserves a really high-profile on the music scene brimming with talent, stage craft and delivering a full and interesting sound.

Now up the volume Moreland & Arbuckle the last of the quartet of acts from across the pond creating out of the bedrock of rootsy sound that has blended and melded blues, Southern rock a twist of psychedelia producing quality music; reviewed in bluesdoodles.

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Next up were The Swing Commanders who turned the marquee into a barn dance, good to see Julian and his team relaxing as they joined in the fun. The Swing Commando’s bought the first fiddle of the festival and the only Disney tune with a swinging version of Talk Like You from the Jungle Book. They bought some swing to the festival as the shadows lengthened, and the dancers danced and swung their hips in time with th big band sound bring more variety to this festival of delights. Change of mood and tempo with award-winning Babajack with the full band tonight as the skies began to darken. and delivered as expected leaving a lot of people satisfied and happy as Becky &Trevor weaved their magic and delivered blues that re-charges the songs of Leadbelly and explores a deeper past from Africa with the addition of some gorgeous drumming from Tosh Murase and bass from Adam Bertenshaw. The skills of the band are immense and the delivery and timing and mutual understanding is gained by the amount of gigs and festivals they perform at. This is a real 3D sound that they produce whether self penned numbers such as The Running Man full of dark foreboding of the must have track on the set list their version Gallows Pole this is their signature number it now belongs to them. It was yet another wonderful set from Babajack full of authenticity and originality they make the blues sing.

Oh No all too soon it was the last act a headline act from France Big Dez see Bluesdoodles Headlines This band bought blues that could only please and a fitting end to another Blues On the Farm.

It is the variety that makes this festival a delight they bring you good music year after year what ever the weather the stand out acts for me were Midnight Ramble, Stomp and Holler The Jar Family, The Royal Southern Brotherhood and King King.. I love festivals where you hear new music and find new bands you want to follow so thank you Julian and the team for introducing me to Midnight Ramble and The Jar Family two acts I recommend you look out for and enjoy.

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From Over The Atlantic to Blues on the Farm 2014

Blues On the Farm 2014 – Four Class Acts from U.S.A.

In its 23rd year Blues on the Farm have again bought bands from across the Atlantic; sadly Saturday’s headline Dana Fuchs had to pull out at the last moment due to family illness, we can just keep our fingers crossed that Dana will grace the stage in 2015; many of us were looking forward to hearing her perform live tracks from her stunning album Bliss Avenue.

Blues on The Farm 2014 had four acts from the U.S.A and three appeared on the Friday all were different bring their own stylish brand of music.

Lisa Mills - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0010lThis year first up who included a stop of at the festival on her current tour was the effervescent Lisa Mills with Worcestershire born Ian Jennings on Double bass making this a duo delivering a little bit country, ballads and blues and cracking music bringing even more sunshine to a hot Saturday in June. Lisa has a fantastic voice that brings colour, light and emotions to every lyric she sings, with guitar in hand named Jezebel the sound is complimented by Ian’s stylish playing adding a depth of sound that makes this duo a winning and popular combination. Initially inside the marque was sparsely filled as festival goer sat in the June sunshine but as the voice radiated across the grounds people were drawn to the music and the powerful vocal range of Lisa’s voice. The set included request of I’m Changing’ from her many fans delighted to see her again, and reminding us why we like this duo. All the numbers were delivered with passion and feeling as Lisa linked the songs with stories that ensured everyone warmed to her and felt she was singing to them articulating feelings many have/are experiencing. You can be certain that this duo deliver every time sparing no energy for the next time they perform with energy and gusto that brings a feel good feeling to the occasion. Lisa sang two of my favourites from her last album Tempered with Fire, Keep on Smiling that had a great interactive instrumental interlude, with Ian mastering that oft illusive musical skill using silence to highlight specific notes and I Never Fall In Love Again with its boogie woogie feel , the style of music Ian loves to play with some superb slap bass and a virtuoso solo.
I can remember hearing her with a full band and that was very special so be good to see her back next time in this format; there is no doubt that Lisa can write a great country blues ballad about love lost and regained; it would ring the changes if the songs really stretched her melodious voice and crossed over to deliver some gospel/soul numbers to and even greater depth of tempo and sound. That said the crowds loved her and Ian just as she is and will no doubt be filling venues across the country this summer and we are all waiting in anticipation of her new album new remixed version of the I’m Changing – release date will be soon so watch for the announcement.

 

Hamilton Loomis - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0032lHamilton Loomis with his stellar line-up in the band of Armando Aussenac (Drums) born in Mexico City, Fabian Hernandez (Saxes, Keys, Background Vocals) a Texan from Dallas and Dante Ware (Bass, Background Vocals) born in Trenton N.J Opening the early evening slot with Partner In Crime the festival was full of the distinctive Hamilton style that feels the festival ground with a feeling of well-being. Tonight was no different as he delivered a very potent set of raunchy Texan blues This is a band that is so tight from the second perfect use of stopping and starting to the in time body swaying of Hamilton , Dante and Fabian; this is not rehearsed choreography but a feel of the music and the accentuation of a style Hamilton has always has, it works so well as their bodies move and stop in harmony matching the flow and syncopation of the music and real stage show that hits all the right spots. The set was professional, fun and interactive as Hamilton took the opportunity to display all the intricate musical shapes on his latest album Give It Back; including a dynamic live version of Eternally; Stuck In a Rut; that this line-up is definitely not with the rhythm section providing so much more than a solid foundation for Hamilton’s guitar playing out front, they add little licks and drum rolls that bring the music alive; then the other layer of sound that Fabian brings either on saxophone or keys, this line-up works so well making the sound fully with a bit more attitude. As ever Hamilton delighted everyone by jumping off the stage into the crowd during Bow Bow as he toured the marque getting up close and personal, left to their own devises the boys on the stage filled in with little quirky melodies turning Bow Bow into an exciting musical spectacular that every festival needs; and for me this is the best I have heard Hamilton Loomis play at any British Festival.
 


 

Royal Southern brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_1026lFriday’s Headline act were Royal Southern Brotherhood, see review Headlines @ Blues on the Farm.. This is a band that came, played and left a base of British fans who now have the essence off the band distilled into their musical blood and will be making every effort to see them again and enjoy listening to the music courtesy of the music they purchased whether the bands latest heartsoulblood or Cyril Neville’s Honey Magic; Devon Allman’s solo album Turquoise, Mike Zito and The Wheel, Charlie Wooton Project or Yonrinco Scotts’ Quest of The Big Drum…………
 
 

Moreland and Arbuckle - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0084lNow it is Sunday late afternoon, the sun has shone over the festival every day and now taking the stage are Moreland and Arbuckle; as they hit the stage and struck their first chords the volume had gone up you knew this was a high-voltage trio from across the pond! Formed in 2001 guitarist Aaron Moreland and vocalist/blues harp player Dustin Arbuckle met in Wichita, Kansas and quickly formed an acoustic duo playing traditional and delta blues today they are joined by drummer Kendall Newby which makes for a harder sound with the added depth of a solid back line.

They delivered a dynamic mix of standards and self-penned numbers; including Rollin’ and Tumblin’ which the trio have made their own with a stylish delivery. They have created out of the bedrock of rootsy sound that has blended and melded blues, Southern rock with more than a twist of Psychedelia and then into the musical cocktail traces of styles including soul and echoes of quality music from across time. This is a distinctive sound that makes them instantly recognisable. As they delivered tracks from their latest album 7 Cities, the sound just meant there was a queue to purchase the CD and take some southern magic home with you. There is no doubt about it Kow Tow and The Devil Me together helped album sales!and and the festival crowds got closer as they were pulled into the groove being created and dancing shoes were to the fore. The harp riffs that soar above the guitar have to be listened to and then there is the cigar box with its own distinctive sound with incorporation of the bass string that really suits the guitar style of Aaron Moreland. Just a Dream was driven by hardcore rhythm allowing Arbuckle’s vocals and harp playing take centre stage.
 


 
What a quartet Julian Mores and his team have assembled for 2014 all the acts were throughly enjoyed by the Blues on the Farm festival goers.

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