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Ealing Blues 2018 Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July Announced
AN OVERVIEW BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & FOUNDER – BOB SALMONS
Over the years, the definition of ‘What is Blues?’ has become very blurred. Muddy Waters sang, ‘The Blues had a baby and they named it ‘Rock’n’Roll’, BB King said in his autobiography, ‘I heard funk as a hopped up version of The Blues’, Ray Charles did a Country & Western album.
And so, when programming The Ealing Blues Festival, we adopt a very broad view of acts we can put on. Basically, we think of it as a big party. The music has to be played ‘live’ with a rhythmic content that you should at least be able to tap your feet to, and we like our artists to be entertaining!
With this in mind – HAYSEED DIXIE will headline on Saturday 21 July. Specialising in Bluegrass versions of Rock Classics, they blend humour with exceptional musicianship.
Closing the show on Sunday 22 July will be THE COUNTERFEIT STONES. The Rolling Stones met and were formed in 1962 at The legendary Ealing Blues Club and so the booking of the best Stones Tribute band pays homage to their links with Ealing.
And also on Sunday 22 July, on the South Stage, we have HONEY B. MAMA the Blues singing alter-ego of actress CLEO SYLVESTRE. In 1964 whilst still a teenager she released a version of the Phil Spector song ‘To Know Him is To Love Him’. Her backing band on the record was none other than the Rolling Stones.
This year has seen the introduction of the UK Blues Awards, with The Ealing Blues Festival being a finalist in the ‘Best Blues Based Festival of the Year’ category. We also have three finalists in other categories on this year’s bill.
ZOE SCHWARZ – Main Stage, Sunday 22nd 1.30pm – Female Blues Vocalist of The Year Finalist
ZOE SCHWARZ & BLUE COMMOTION, Main Stage, Sunday 22nd 1.30pm – Blues Album of the Year Finalist – for their album ‘THIS IS THE LIFE I CHOOSE’
LA VENDORE ROGUE – Main Stage Saturday 21st, 7.00pm – Blues Band of the Year Finalist
RICHARD TOWNEND & THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – Main Stage Saturday 21st 3.15pm – Blues Album of the Year Finalist – for their album ‘GOD BLESS AMERICA’.
RICHARD TOWNEND – Main Stage Saturday 21st 3.15pm – Blues Songwriter of the Year Finalist.
* The winners of the UK Blues Awards will be announced on Saturday 19th May
And that’s not all…………
JADE DANIELLE WILLIAMS, lead singer with DuBELLOWS got through to ‘team Tom Jones’ on the 2018 series of ‘The Voice’. Main Stage Sunday 22nd 3.15pm
Ealing Blues Festival Host Musician ROBERT HOKUM (the musician alter-ego of Festival founder Bob Salmons) recently released ‘Trippin’ Backwards’ a compilation of his favourite ‘live’ performances with several tracks recorded at the Festival. The album received excellent reviews and was The Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) ‘Pick of the Month’ for October 2017. Main Stage Sunday 22nd 7.00pm.
We welcome back NEVER THE BRIDE, Main Stage Saturday 21st 5.00pm, fronted by Nikki Lamborne and Catherine Feeny, they have been described as ‘The Queens of Blues Rock’. The Who’s Roger Daltrey said, ‘Nikki Lamborne has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin’.
And, ‘New for 2018’. Jam sessions have proved highly popular on the Blues Circuit and so for Saturday 21st on the Bar Stage we will have THE GREAT WEST GROOVE as house band backing LITTLE STEAM, CARMEN CARR, THE RIGHT REVEREND SWIFTY LeZARRE who will be jamming together.
The Ealing Blues Festival has always supported local talent and this year’s bill is no exception. Acts with a member who has lived, worked or studied in the Borough of Ealing this year includes KARENA K BAND, BORN OF THE SUN, JUMP 66, THE GREAT WEST GROOVE, LITTLE STEAM, DuBELLOWS, KING BUSTER BLUES, SAM WILLOUGHBY, GARRY ‘SLIDE GUY’ SMITH, BEER O’CLOCK.
Since its inception in 1987, The Ealing Blues Festival has gone on to be London’s longest running Blues Festival and the only one which promotes artists at a grassroots level. With its low ticket price, it is undoubtedly one of the best value Festivals around.