News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands Announced

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedNews from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands Announced

Unsigned Artist Competition – Winners Announced playing live on main  stage at Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne on Saturday & Sunday.

The festival requested unsigned acts… and received them by the bucket-load! Following an overwhelming response, The Jessica Foxley Unsigned judging panel chose 8 finalists to open the festival main stages this summer.

The finalists are:
Robert J Hunter Band
Tom McCartney
Tom Walker Trio
Lem And The White Fire
The Ragamuffins
Old Bohemia
The Greasy Slicks
The Joe Anderton Band

The eight bands all bring to the stage all the excitement of live music.  One of the eight will then be chosen toparticipate in the UK Blues Challenge on 10th September 2017 at the Iconic venue The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
 
Jessica Foxley Unsigned Band will be performing alongside the four bands, LaVendore Rogue; Elles Bailey; Zoe Schwarz & The Rainbreakers. The winning band will step into the shoes of Kaz Hawkins who in 2017 was semi-finalist at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis and Winner of the European Blues Challenge.
Read more about the 4th UK Blues Challenge and the UKBlues Federation who organise the event HERE


News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedSeeking Festival Volunteers
The festival seek volunteers to help at the event.In return for skills, time and energy, volunteers receive free festival tickets, vouchers for food and refreshments, an exclusive crew t-shirt, plus of course, be part of what is shaping up to be one of the best blues-rock based event of the year.Colin Hill, the CEO of Colne Town Council comments “And… for any young person over 16, not yet experienced in the workplace and wanting to gain some hands-on experience of what running an event like this entails, this a great opportunity to be part of something exciting and challenging…”To register interest and for further information, here’s more…Festival ‘Headline’ Sponsors Announced
Colne Town Council are delighted to announce that Barnfield Construction Ltd and Roaming Roasters have kindly agreed to support the Town Council as main partners.


Barnfield Construction are based in Nelson and have been established for over 40 years. The family run contractors, developers and investors offer honest, thought-through and practical solutions to a diverse array of new and refurbishment building contracts ranging from industrial, commercial, retail, leisure, plus hospitality and residential schemes.

Roaming Roasters are a farm shop and deli on Barrowford Rd, Higham, and sell locally sourced, grass fed and free range meat, along with handmade pies and loads more tasty stuff.

Further information on the festival supporters is right here.

 

Main Stage Evening Line-ups:

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News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedHippodrome Theatre, Friday Evening, 25th August 

Ian Siegal & Band
 – celebrating 25 years of professional touring with his songs that are real, shows that resonate and vocals served raw + 

The Lachy Doley Group – “The Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ” +
Tom Attah & The Bad Man Clan – A modern, living bluesman…

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedThe Muni, Friday Evening, 25th August 

Joanne Shaw Taylor
 – UK’s number one star in the blues rock world +
S
tevie Nimmo Trio – one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’ +
The Revelator Band – unpredictable, fun festival-style blues.

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News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedHippodrome Theatre, Saturday Evening, 26th August

Aynsley Lister When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister… +
Rob Tognoni Explosive guitar playing and unique songs +
TJ & The Suitcase Vocal / Harmonica / Suitcase drum / Home made tambourine beater pedal… Its time to get packed!

 

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedThe Muni, Saturday Evening, 26th August

Grammy nominee Janiva Magness + the blues, soul, gospel of Jo Harman + The Kaz Hawkins Band – Northern Ireland’s fun, heartfelt, soulful rock ‘n’ roll-blues…, Lisa Mills

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News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedHippodrome Theatre, Sunday Evening, 26th August

Lucky Peterson –
Searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist
Clay Shelburn – 
Funk, rock, blues and country from this incredible self­taught multi­-talented artist
Michael Messer’s Mitra – A remarkable fusion of country blues with Hindustani music

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedThe Muni, Sunday Evening, 26th August

King King – Soulful, dynamic, blues-rock from Glasgow
John Fairhurst – The Wigan Jimi Hendrix
Gwyn Ashton – Solo, hardcore, 21st Century, alternative blues
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This is just a snap shot of the array of music available at the Festival:-
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival:
3 Days
12 Official venues
100+ Acts
150+ Gigs
1 Great Festival
News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands Announced

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 – THE MUNI – LITTLE THEATRE 

FRIDAY:

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


 SATURDAY:

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


Evening

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


SUNDAY:

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
Evening:

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


ROADHOUSE EVENTS

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.

 

 

 

British Blues Awards 2014

British Blues Award Winners will be announced at Colne on Sunday 24th July 2014 the presentations will take place between 14:30 to 15:45 on The Matthew Clark British Stage

Just to show how reaching the final 6 of the British Blues Awards is a massive achievement, follow this link NOMINEES – and a full list has been published this year by British Blues Awards.

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The six finalists decided by public vote have from the long list of nominees are …

Male Vocals
Alan Nimmo – King King, The Nimmo Brothers
Aynsley Lister
Blues Boy Dan Owen
David Migden – Dirty Words / Twisted Roots
Hugh Coltman – The Hoax
Marcus Bonfanti – Jawbone, Boom Band, Ten Years After plus Others

Female Vocals
Connie Lush – Blues Shouter
Dani Wilde
Jo Harman – Company
Kyla Brox
Lorna Fothergill – Northsyde
Zoe Schwarz – Blue Commotion

Band
Brothers Groove
King King
Larry Miller Band
Northsyde
The Hoax
The Nimmo Brothers

Acoustic
Babajack
Blues Boy Dan Owen
Half Deaf Clatch
Kyle and Moore
Marcus Bonfanti
Wooden Horse

Guitarist
Alan Nimmo – King King, The Nimmo Brothers
Aynsley Lister
Chantel McGregor
Joel Fisk – LaVendore Rogue, Wolfpack plus Others
Jon Amor – The Hoax, The Boom Band
Jules Fothergill – Northsyde

Harmonica (7 because of tie)
Alan Glen
Giles King
Giles Robson – Dirty Aces
Paul Lamb – Kingsnakes
Steve West Weston
Trevor Steger – Babajack
Will Wilde

Keyboards
Bennett Holland
Charlotte Joyce – Ron Sayer Band
Dale Storr
Paddy Milner – Jawbone, The Boom Band + Others
Paul Jobson
Steve Watts – Jo Harman and Company

Bass Player
Derek White – Larry Miller Band, Storm Warning
Ian Mauricio – Northsyde
John Dawson – Russ Tippins Band
Lindsay Coulson – King King
Roger Inniss
Trevor Turley – Bare Bones Boogie Band

Drummer (7 because of tie)
Dave Raeburn
Hayden Doyle – Northsyde
Mark Barrett – The Hoax, The Blues Boy Kings
Martin Johnson – Jo Harman and Company
Sam Kelly
Stephen Cutmore – LaVendore Rogue plus Others
Wayne Proctor – King King plus Others

Instrumentalist
Becky Tate – Percussion – Babajack
Carla Viegas – Percussion – Rabbit Foot
Kyla Brox – Flute
Sarah Skinner – Sax – Red Dirt Skinners
Simon Anthony Dixon – Sax – The Stumble
Yoka Qureshi-Kuiper – Flute and Sax – Little Devils

Young Artist
Alex McKown
Blues Boy Dan Owen
Laurence Jones
Lewis Hamilton
Lucy Zirins
Tom Gee

Blues Festival
Broadstairs Blues Bash
Blues On The Farm
Carlisle Rock And Blues Festival
Ealing Blues Festival
Great British Rhythm And Blues Festival Colne
Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Overseas Artist
Buddy Whittington
Henrik Freischlader
JJ Grey And Mofro
Paul Lamb And The Detroit Breakdown
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Walter Trout

Independent Blues Broadcaster
Ashwyn Smyth – Digital Blues
Dave Raven – Raven And The Blues
Dave Watkins – Blues And Roots
Gary Grainger – The Blues Show
Kevin Beale – Blues On The Marsh
Tim Aves – The Blues Is Back

Album
Big City Blues – The Hoax
Home – Aynsley Lister Band
Independence – Trevor Sewell Band
Shake The Walls – Marcus Bonfanti
Standing In The Shadows – King King
The Storytellers Daughter – Northsyde

Song
A Long History Of Love – King King
Cheap Whisky – Marcus Bonfanti
Home – Aynsley Lister
Hipslicker – The Hoax
Just One More Day – Mark Pontin Group
Train – Trevor Sewell

Kevin Thorpe Songwriter Award
Aynsley Lister
Half Deaf Clatch
Jo Harman And Mike Davis
Lucy Zirins
Richard Townend
Trevor Sewell

Emerging Artist
Brothers Groove
Gary Grainger
Half Deaf Clatch
King Size Slim
Mark Pontin Group
Thomas Ford