Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival:
Blues takes centre stage 17 – 26 July 2015
Edinburgh goes blue of every hue for the 38th year of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival the festival mood is growing as they deliver a programme that covers jazz, blues, swing, funk, soul and gospel. There will be 150 concerts over 10 daysda. 2015 has a very strong line-up of varied styles and always high quality blues acts with over 25 major blues shows from 17th – 26th July 2015.
We present a host of major American names, many of whom are making exclusive UK appearances. We have a big night of Chicago Blues, and a celebration of the centenary of Willie Dixon. In a special project, two leading Scottish blues musicians have been on a US road tour, hooking up with great musicians from San Francisco, Memphis, Mississippi and Florida along the way. They’ll be coming over to Edinburgh in July.
Ticket Information: Tickets are available from midday on Wednesday 6th May:
· Online at www.edinburghjazzfestival.com
· By phone on 0131 473 2000.
· In person from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.
Check out the whole programme HERE With Dates, Venues and time
Edinburgh crosses all blues styles, from Mississippi country blues to contemporary rock-blues, but our emphasis is on the core of the music, and picking out the original, the special, and the innovative.
A CELEBRATION OF WILLIE DIXON – Queen’s Hall on July 26
With MAGGIE BELL and TIM ELLIOTT And featuring Micky Moody, Papa George, Sandy Tweeddale, Brandon Santini, Ben Rice. Maggie Bell and Tim Elliott lead an all star cast paying tribute to one of blues’ most iconic writers and performers, Willie Dixon, in his centenary year.
Energetic and lively Vintage Jazz – a mix of Tin Pan Alley, the Great American Songbook standards, and traditional New Orleans Blues as sung by Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey from “stunningly expressive” (San Diego Union Tribune) singer Alison Affleck and her all star Edinburgh band. With 60 days to go until the
BLUES FROM CHICAGO: MUD MORGANFIELD BAND / LURRIE BELL – Festival Theatre on July 24
Chicago Blues sparked the British blues boom in the 60’s – The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall – and it was Muddy Waters who personified Blues from Chicago. Muddy Waters’ son, Mud Morganfield, sounds uncannily like his “pop” and sings his great tunes with a band that recreates the authentic sound. Lurrie Bell is another great son of Chicago, and the guitarist is currently enjoying a golden moment with his latest album winning awards for the best Blues Album of the year.
BRANDON SANTINI July 25
Supercharged harmonica and vocals from the hottest ticket of today in Memphis’s legendary Beale Street Clubs. Santini is the new man on the block “evoking the sounds of his forefathers, hypnotising the crowd” ( National Geographic).
CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT July 20 and 21
Born and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi; singer and drummer,Cedric paid his dues by going on the road aged 13 with his grandfather, the legendary RL Burnside, and learning the North Mississippi Hill Country blues heritage from a master. An intoxicating drummer and powerful vocalist, his long term Project partner is the brilliant electric guitarist, Trenton Ayers.
DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS July 17-19
An instant Edinburgh favourite at last year’s Festival, Singer/pianist, Davina Sowers, is back from Minneapolis, with her high-energy band, for another set of rocking blues, New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Not strictly a blues act, but her rollicking piano playing and singing is soaked in blues, as well as swing, and boogie, early rock n’ roll, and traditional N’Orleans.
The rolling sounds of New Orleans, blues, funk, and jazz are what piano player, Dom Pipkin, and his great band play to perfection. They make every night into a relaxed party with good time-music from the Crescent City, just like the Doctor (John) and Professor (Longhair) and Fats (Domino) would have liked.
Old New Orleans style blues and boogie piano spiced up with some R’n’B and some funky stuff. Think Fats Domino, Dr John and Professor Longhair.
EAST WEST July 22
In 1960s Edinburgh, a young blues band shone out. Not surprising, because they featured a guitar player who would become one of the most respected and sought after guitarists in the industry, Ian Bairnson. Just for tonight, three of the original members, Bairnson; vocalist, Jimmy Nellis; and bassist, Kenny Ellis, have reformed the band.
featuring GILSON LAVISwith special guest MARC ALMOND and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & MABEL RAY plus support The undisputed king of boogie woogie, swing and r’n’b is dazzling audiences of over 500,000 a year. No wonder.
Three distinctive female blues singers offer an afternoon of rocking and soulful sounds. Opening up is Edinburgh’s own singer / harmonica player, Dana Dixon, with her Texas, Chicago, and west coast jump blues plus rockabilly and 50s R&B. Then there’s the unforgettable voice of one of Britain’s foremost blues divas, Connie Lush, back with her powerhouse band.
Powerhouse soul/r’n’b delivered with real punch. A solid driving backbeat delivers a funk groove, the horns step in to make things swing and the party gets underway.
LIL ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS St Andrew Square on July 19
“A bazooka assault of foot-stompin’ blues and slow-burnin’ knee-bucklers” (Chicago Sun-Times). Fiery, flamboyant hard-rocking blues out of Chicago. This is music to get parties going: incendiary slide guitar and rough, passionate singing from Lil Ed, with the Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. For lovers of serious blues – and good time fun!
MAIN STREET BLUES July 23
Hard driving blues-rock led by Derek Smith’s powerful guitar playing and vocals and welcomed guest Mike Whellans.
MIKE WHELLANS July 20
“…One of Scotland’s heroes, a bluesman of amazing ability…a totally brilliant one man band”?(Mike Harding, BBC).
MR SIPP July 17-20.
First time in the UK for “The Mississipi Blue Child” and 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner. The guitarist and singer from McComb, Mississippi is steeped in gospel music and only switched to playing blues full time recently. Yet he won the prestigious Memphis Blues competition last year ( in a field of c.250!). He’s an infectious character, a natural entertainer, and a powerful and emotional exponent of traditional electric Mississippi blues. This is the real thing!
ROSY BLUE 22 July.
Smouldering blues vocals from Rosie Nimmo, with her rocking blues band featuring the guitar of Stuart Allardyce.
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD / MR SIPP – Queen’s Hall on July 18.
The blues-rock supergroup make their Festival debut. Their soul, funk and jam band roots, conjoins two southern USA music dynasties: vocalist, Cyrille Neville, and guitarist, Tyrone Vaughan, plus young blues guitar sensation, Bart Walker, and award winning rhythm team of Charlie Wootton and Yonrico Scott. White-hot musicianship with incendiary guitar duels and soulful vocals.
In a sensational double bill Mr Sipp (“The Mississipi Blues Child”) delivers his soulful and gritty music combining guitar excellence and vocal power, he cries out Mississippi blues with every note he plays.
The leading Scots guitarist met up with the young US guitar star in San Francisco recently, and invited him to join his band at the Festival. Classic blues from the 50s and 60s with a cutting edge.
SATURDAY BLUES AFTERNOON: WILLIE HAYES BAND WITH JOHN BRUCE, MUD IN YOUR EAR FT. BRANDON SANTINI, GRAINNE DUFFY BAND July 25
Chicago’s leading blues drummer and vocalist fronts an all-star band featuring ex Blues n Trouble guitarist. Alan Jones and Richie O’Donnell get together with the Memphis harp sensation, Santini; then we feature the great, soulful singer and guitarist, Grainne Duffy, with her hard rocking band. Also featuring one of Scotland’s leading bands, The Jensen Interceptors, led by singer and harmonica player, Gary Martin.
The band that’s dedicated to the unique sound of skiffle – blues, folk, jazz, and American roots music distilled into a high energy hybrid and played with loads of passion.
STEFAN GROSSMAN July 22.
Grossman studied fingerstyle blues with the originals – Rev Gary Davis, Mississipi Fred McDowell and Son House, and in the 60s he brought his guitar to Britain influencing and playing with a range of musicians from Bert Jansch and John Renbourn to Eric Clapton. Stefan Grossman is not a local, he’s from New York, but he studied and played with the masters of country and folk-blues – notably the Rev Gary Davis – and he’s now probably the most influential player of the old finger-picking style of guitar playing and a great singer and raconteur too.
SUNDAY BLUES AFTERNOON: JENSEN INTERCEPTORS, BEN RICE, MORELAND & ARBUCKLE St Andrew Square on July 26.
Three great bands kicked off by the ever popular Jensen Interceptors fronted by harmonica player and vocalist, Gary Martin. Guitarist and singer, Ben Rice, from Portland, Oregon is a young man making big news in the States with his twisting, soulful west coast blues.
TERRY HARMONICA BEAN July 21-23.
Terry’s the real deal. He learned authentic country blues from his forebears and now he plays them all over Mississippi and Tennessee. Guitarist, Harmonica player, vocalist, and very special guy! Bringing Juke Joints to Edinburgh!
Chicago blues drummer extraordinaire (and a classy singer too) is touring the UK with a great band featuring guitarist, John Bruce, plus James Ohara (guitar,vocals), Ali Petrie (keys), Clinton McFarland (bass). Catch one of the blues world’s legends.