Swanage Blues Festival – expect the unexpected
My take on the blues is set to delight rock and blues fans with sad and mournful to infectious and stomping classics from the great blues musicians and some unexpected moodier roots, folk-esque ballads and dynamic blues riffs.
No two performances are the same, so be prepared to expect the unexpected!
The venue I’m performing in at Swanage Blues Festival is Tawny’s Wine Bar, at 52 High Street, on 8 March 2014. There will be two sittings, 6.00pm and 8.15pm. Conrad Barr, of Solid Air fame, called me a ‘Swanage troubadour‘; I certainly will be at Swanage Blues Festival!
This festival features several different gigs with acclaimed national and international blues musicians playing at a variety of venues around the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, on the South West coast of England.
The Swanage Blues Festival first started back in 2001 and is now firmly established as one of Dorset’s great musical events. This year the Blues Festival will be on 7, 8, 9 March 2014; starting on Friday lunchtime and going on till late Sunday evening.
There will be 15 indoor venues, 30 top acts and 60 great gigs – and all for a £10.
You can watch a Video from 2013′s Swanage Blues Festival with an interview with Steve Darrington the originator of the festival, Chief organiser and Boogie woogie man.
All sorts of styles are represented such as acoustic, electric, rural and urban blues. There are open mic sessions every afternoon and usually a Blues Steam Train ride plus dancers, street musicians, jam sessions (Saturday and Sunday), buskers, Gospel Service, and workshops.
All the venues are all mapped out, easy to locate and all close together.
It is recommended to book in advance for Tawny’s as they also serve food.
Organisers have had to discontinue the bucket collections due to problems with red tape, health & safety and insurance issues… so they are selling weekend wristbands instead as a pledge and a symbol of the attendees commitment these are priced at £10 for a weekend wristband. Regular fans say they love the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of electric and acoustic music available in the pubs, restaurants and hotel bars.
by Pete Christie