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Gloucester Blues Festival Line up announced

8th July 2010

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival 2010

The 10th annual Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival brings a mixture of local and national artists into the friendly atmosphere of the City centre of Gloucester. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

Further information will be online at from Mid-July


Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes, 7pm Gloucester Park

The Rhythm & Blues Festival's contribution to the Gloucester summer festival Music Day.

Hailed by aficionados and music press around the world as Europe’s foremost blues harmonica exponent, Paul Lamb has forged himself a place in the history books as one of the greatest players of our time. He has won countless awards, sold record-breaking quantities of albums, and performed the world over with his long-standing musical compatriots, The Kingsnakes. Recently inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall Of Fame (alongside the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall & Alexis Korner), Lamb still continues to bring his infectious brand of soulful blues to a plethora of fans around the globe.

D. B. Smith Band
9pm Pig Inn The City
Return of rocking good time blues guitarist.


Steve Kent
4pm Pig Inn The City
Popular local bluesman.

Dan James Duo
6pm Pig Inn The City
Mandocello player and 7-string guitarist from Blaenavon, Wales.


Mike Sanchez
9pm Café René

Former frontman with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and The Big Town Playboys plays solo. There are few piano players around who play the authentic style of Boogie and Rock and Roll to such a high standard. He never fails to get the joint jumping and will relish Café René’s intimate atmosphere. Get in early and watch him in action close up.


Bridget and The Big Girls Blues
9pm Cross Keys Inn

First lady of blues in Gloucester who sings the classic songs of the early blues and jazz artists such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.

Willie and The Bandits
9pm Café René

The band are embarking on a similar trail to those great British bands of the 70s such as Led Zeppelin, Cream and the Rolling Stones by trying to put their take on the blues into a different format and bringing it into the present, whereas the bands in the 70s sped it up and made it electric the bandits are taking a different approach to the rhythm section using more hip hop and reggae grooves.


11am Centre for African-American Music
Gloucester Library
Brunswick Road GL1 1HT

American ‘songster and bluesman’ and Piedmont style guitarist Michael Roach and UK finger style guitar wizard Sonny Black will lead a workshop ending with a concert at 1pm
To book call 01452 503775 or 01242 572104.
The centre is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11am – 4pm.

Cool Hand
8.30pm Pig Inn The City
Old Festival favourites Chris Willey and Pete Heyward with their take on the history of rhythm and blues.

Festival Blues Jam
With Mark Cole and the Sons of The Delta
9pm Cross Keys Inn
You are welcome to come and play. Get your name on the list early, and let’s hear you.

Will Killeen
9pm Café René
Unique performer who strays into Irish roots territory


Stuart Earl and Mark Cole
1–2pm Centre for African-American Music
Gloucester Library
Brunswick Road GL1 1HT

The Worried Men
8.30pm Pig Inn The City
Straight down the line in yer face rocking rhythm and blues, plus a great line in repartee. Hendrix, The Feelgoods, Eddie Cochrane, Deep Purple.

Steve Browning Band
9pm Cross Keys Inn
Stylish guitarist from Gloucester with an inspirational blend of blues and jazz.

Keith Thompson Band
9pm Café René
‘Independence is a faultless, flawless, blinding gem of a blues/rock album. From the opening explosion of Crash 'n' Burn to the sultry delta closing of Honest to God, not a second is wasted’. Blues Matters


The Ragtime Jug Orchestra (see below for details)
1–2pm Centre for African-American Music
Gloucester Library
Brunswick Road GL1 1HT

The Ragtime Jug Orchestra
9pm Café René
The authentic string-band sound of the early 20th century, playing a rootsy good-time mix of ragtime, country blues, hokum, skiffle, and jug band music.

The Suspects
9pm Pig Inn The City
Local band take you on a trip around the blues and beyond.


Sons of The Delta
1pm Cross Keys Inn
Blues stalwarts Mark Cole and Rick Edwards with their studied take on the blues, having recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the location of the famous Crossroads intersection of Highways 61 and 49.

From 1pm in the courtyard outside Café René
Beware! Not necessarily all blues as you may know it!

Alexander John
The best of Delta blues, country slide guitar styles of Seasick Steve, and the sounds of soul searching Gospel music.

Dr. Mojito
‘One day Martin and Liam were having a jam in Martin’s room and his bass drum exploded, out of it came a funky yellow ball o' goo it told us we need more members to truly bring the funk alive…4 months later Dr. Mojito was born..

The Dirty Robbers
Festival favourite for a number of years now, Oliver Darling brings his own rhythm and blues band to the city.

Good God No!
Gloucestershire based 5-piece classic/contemporary rock band.

Miss Fusion
6-piece band playing a fusion of soul, Northern, Motown, funk, disco and cool pop.

Sons of The Delta
9pm Pig Inn The City


From 1pm in the courtyard outside Café René

Sisters in Grease
Duo with original brand of acoustic bottleneck blues

Perry Foster
‘The Daddy of British Blues’. Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, Robert Johnson all translated into Perry’s inimitable style.

Profoundly Blue
6-piece band with a big repertoire of classic blues tracks.

Innes Sibun Band
Rocking blues with Festival favourite.

Larry Miller Band
He’s back after a storming set last year in the René. Heavily influenced by Rory Gallagher.

7pm Pig Inn The City


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