Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition NowSave Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now

 

The Old Bush Blues Festival is a special weekend for many. Potentially being spoiled by the very few. The bureaucrats are turning the cogs, using their power make common sense be heard and acted upon. Make your voice heard by supporting Matt & Karen Williams.

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I declare Bluesdoodles has a vested interest. Not money but the feeling of attending a festival that is about music and friendship. I love taking the photographs, laughing and hearing old favourites play and then new bands that add to the flavour of the weekend. Bluesdoodles has a vested interest in the love of live music, fun and friendship.

Background to Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now!

In the case of Old Bush Blues Festival. Common-sense has gone out of the window and it is the views of the minority (just two people) who appear to be wielding the power in Callow End.  The majority have welcomed the re-opening of the pub as Matt Williams the previous Landlord twenty years ago returned to run the pub. The festival happens on one weekend during August, bringing visitors to the area, campers who spend money in the shop. The festival has a true community feel with fun at the heart of the weekend’s proceedings.

This year the third Old Bush Blues festival was held. What a success despite the worry that the objection by two neighbours regarding noise pollution caused. Matt a true professional dealt with the complaint putting in noise absorption and suppression, noise assessments and control, constant monitoring to the Malvern Hills District Council requirements and a dedicated telephone hot line for any complaints. Did the festival play on into the early hours – no, the music was finished by 11 pm. I know that if you walked up the lane to the main road running through the village the music was a faint background hum.

The two complainants live near the pub. Once again like so many music venues, people buy a place nearby and then complain about noise and inconvenience. If you want to be in a quiet area buying near a popular community Pub is not the best location for you.

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now! HERE

We want community pubs at the heart of villages. To make a business sustainable Pubs have to offer more than a dusty ale house with a decaying dart board in the darkest corner for entertainment. Old Bush Blues Festival one weekend a year is just such an enterprise that is making Old Bush Inn a popular place to visit.  To run the festival extra staff are employed, and Matt, has improved the pub inside and out making this an attractive Pub for Callow End to enjoy all year.

 

Live music has always been at the heart of village communities.  The garden in the pub is child-friendly, people can enjoy a drink and eat knowing the children are in a safe environment. Villages get a discounted ticket for the weekend. The festival brings a buzz to the village and in the past, many villagers loved the fact they could sit in their gardens and listen to the music. Not This year they complained. Two people are complaining ruining the fun and live music for the majority.

Stop the unfairness and support Matt & Karen Williams who want to run a successful business that includes a festival loved by the many.

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now! HERE

Show your support keeping music live, local and at the heart of the community.

Read Bluesdoodles ReviewsOld Bush Blues 2017  – Old Bush Blues 2016Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

 

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem

Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

Rising to New heights of Perfection Old Bush Blues 2017. How? Matt Williams found the music and bought three days of live fun to Callow End.

Old Bush Blues works because they have a winning formula and does not mess about with the three tenants Live Music, Beer and Friendship’ whether this is your first, third or seventeenth having followed the festival from its old home in Bentworth.  Friday was a blinder two young bands getting noticed for all the right reasons, Elles Bailey and The Rainbreakers certainly had the festival hitting the ground running. The Old Avengers hit the spot with many, with a big welcome back for Ian Parker who entertained. Sam Anderson, of Sugar Mama and an Old Bush regular, gave a taste of the mayhem of frivolity and music that Sugar Mama will deliver on Saturday. As ever Tommy Allan’s Trafficker raised the pulses and excited the dancers. In fact, it was Tommy Allan and the boys from Five Field Holler who had filled the stage earlier and are seen around all weekend behind the sound desk. They certainly have a busy, productive weekend at OBB. Trafficker certainly lifted the vibe we were now in full on Friday night festival mode. The baton was picked up as the Tom Walker Trio applied their take on the blues. Energised with deep groovy bass lines with a touch of funk from Deano Bass, combining the rhythms with Nathan’s superb drumming that never takes the focus of attention from Tom. His vocals are full of power and tonal texture combined with the guitar this is how a trio should sound, full of depth with all members adding to the sound.  Tom Walker Trio is definitely everything a blues trio should be. With a mix of covers including a great version of John Henry and their own material, they hit the sweet spot.   Everyone now had shed the stresses of the week and were in the weekend mode that was about fun, laughing and being immersed in the blues.  The outside music finished at 11 pm; for those who wanted more music continued in the bar, festival goers had been spoilt with the quality of bands in the Bar, Garden, and Carpark stages.  With the outside areas covered the rain only added to the soundscapes, we all were hoping that the rest of the weekend would bring more sunshine than showers.

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Saturday morning of a festival weekend has that special quality of time slowing down and stretching out over the horizon. All that matters is the moment.  With my festival buddy, we kicked started the day with a pint and crisps from the bar. The selection is wide and with breakfasts available up to 11 before the BBQ takes over at midday until late and Curry night from 5-8 no one was going to go hungry or thirsty while they soak up the music on offer and enjoy the sunshine.  Saturday is hat day so the array of head-gear was varied adding to the festival fun before we all doff our bobble hats when bobble hour and Northsyde collide.  At the heart of the festival is the music. The beating pulse that heats the vibe is the friendships that are formed. This is what Old Bush excels in with plenty of seats you can listen and chat between the acts and still catch every note. Matt is here there and everywhere, having fun himself loving the music, enjoying the excitement and making sure at the same time everything runs smoothly. His staff are as ever helpful with a ready smile.

 

The music on Saturday certainly started in festival mode as Richard Clarke stepped in while Steve Whalley set himself up after a late arrival. The curse of Motorway delays had struck but slightly later than planned Steve Whalley delivered his branding of the blues, deep down below the Dixie line where the weather and music steams with sultry intend. Into the mix they included a number about a Pill Box Hat perfect for Hat Saturday; with solid glass slide playing perfect Saturday afternoon music for a festival in a pub garden and the sun shining. Stage changes and the blues moved into the city with Chicago 9.  One thing for certain blues is a flexible beast and Matt knows when selecting the bands he needs to change the tone. We are putting the electric flow into the beat and the mix of classics and their own numbers pleasing the crowds and dancers alike.  Now Matt changed the tone with blues that rocked as Stuart James Band enthralled with an eclectic and interesting mix of classics. They had reached out and explored the depth of music that suited the beefier sound of the band. When you add rock you are walking a tightrope and they definitely landed on the side of the blues with the mix of SRV; Aynsley Lister, Talking Heads and Rory Gallagher.

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Now treated with a complete change of tone with a festival favourite Lucy Zirins. This year with her band Southern Comfort we now had the singer songwriter colliding with  Americana; weaved together with a the smile and charm that defines Lucy today complete with the ends of her locks dyed purple.  Calming the festival down, we are now mellow, replete with an afternoon of music that made us smile. No Old Bush Blues festival would be complete without a set for these two bands. Northsyde, time to put on bobble hats and enjoy the feast for our ears that is a Northsyde set. The quartet fizz with a latent energy, they capture the heart soul and body of the song. Lorna’s vocal powers through the lyrics adding grit to the sound pulling out the sweetest hooks from Jules beautiful red guitar. His lead breaks make you weep with the pure pleasure that is floating from the stage. The power rocks from the rhythm section from funky Ian ‘Doby’ Maurico’s bass and Hadyn’s drumming. Northsyde has the bobbles bobbling dancers and everyone to the feet making OBB a hot festival as they weave there magic with tracks from Storytellers Daughter and the back catalogue of delights and the obligatory Whipping Post.  Joining the band for one night only in a guitar duel was young guitarist Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens.  He took the challenge and dueled with Jules old school, matching note for note and raising the challenge. With a winning smile the dexterous manipulation of the six-strings this is a blues guitarist that has the potential to challenge the best. We will see him again on stage this weekend.  How do you follow the powerhouse that is Northsyde with their awesome set that alights the festival. It has to be Sugar Mama.  The set was energetic, so get ready to boogie with the infectious beat as we dive into the Summertime Blues. This is a set that adds to the discography of the weekend as we are immersed into Tainted Love from Soft Cell, Van Morrison’s Gloria. Oh Well from Peter Green was superb and Talking Head’s Psycho Killer. What a set the energy was Electric, a name they played under for a while. This is three young men who know how they deliver music that overflows with superlatives.  Joined by Marcus and then Jules Fothergill we were full of music as the sound was stilled and the night drew to a close.

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Sunday. The morning after the night before. Matt has the perfect antidote – Kyle and Shaw. They are the opening act every Sunday with a combination of guitar and bass they drift along with perfectly timed blues soothing the soul and making all right with the world, especially at OBB on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  As we sit relax soaking up the sunshine, friendship, and music to feed the mind Kyle & Shaw are followed by Steve Brooks. We are now hyper-chilled. Then with a boom, we are bought back to the reality that we are at a festival with Paddy Maguire Band. This is blues that rocks you into a vibrant party mode with Jenna on vocals that power through the Old Bush and guest guitarist Paul Lamb from Detroit beefing up the tone.  With the bar playing music and the Del Ray Rockets bring the jive back with rocking good party, a move that meant the festival was now awash with smiles. La Vendore Rogue pulled no punches with an imaginative take on blues full of gothic mystery. With songs about The Chemist and every other subject they can weave into their roguish approach to live music. With a new bassist joining the band adding to the rhythm section and Stephen ‘Percy’ Cutmore’s distinctive drumming, Warren’s keyboard that pulls in the melody captured in the Hammond’s chords. The heart of LaVendore are without doubt Joel Fisk on guitar the licks and riffs are full of purity of tone and little surprising kicks mirroring the vocals, and  JoJo Burgess their charismatic and beguiling frontman who pulls the crowds in like the showman he is. He tells us tales including one about putting the bins out, building the tension by adding a bit more to the tale with each rendition before closing out with Mrs Jones and they left the stage to resounding cheers. LaVendore Rogue ensured the festival kept smiling despite the weather not behaving. Troy Redfern then added to the layers of blues full of deep slide and a sharp tone full of controlled power. The festival on Sunday night was hot with the power of live music. Closing out the festival Jules Benjamin, the MC across the weekend pulling the good time feel that will last long after the marquees have been tidied away and the pub returns to being a Country pup once again.

 

Now. If you want to see Elles Bailey, The Rainbreakers, LaVendore Rogue plus Zoe Schwarz Blues Commotion and the winner from the unsigned Jessica Foxley Acts playing over the Great British Rhythm and Blues Weekend in Colne, then put the UK Blues Challenge, run by UK Blues Federation in your diary – 10th September 2017 at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

Old Bush Blues 2017 once again is a perfectly formed combo of music, food, camping and fun with a capital F.  This is achieved not by magic but the hard work and commitment from Matt and his team of staff. Thank you, Matt, already counting down the days to August 2018.

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Line up
Luther Grosvenor
Lavendore Rogue

Chicago 9
Troy Redfern
Steve Whalley
Richard Clarke
Electric
Elles Bailey
Steve Brookes
Rainbreakers
Northsyde
Trafficker
Redhouse
Kyle and Shaw
Paddy Maguire Band
Lucy Zirins
Stuart James Band
Tom Walker Trio
Del Ray Rockets
Howlin Matt
Jules Benjamin
Some Haunted Souls
Five Field Holler
The Old Avengers
Tone Tanner
Barflys

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.