Calendar

Sep
27
Wed
Festival First Call with Mike Gledhill & JR Mountford @ Cock Inn
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Festival First Call with Mike Gledhill & JR Mountford @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Mike Gledhill & JR Mountford entertain the Wednesday Market shopping crowd with good old fashioned acoustic Blues & Americana, fuelled by Joules.

Music Quiz Night – Blues / Rock with Captain Plantagenet @ Cock Inn
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Music Quiz Night - Blues / Rock with Captain Plantagenet @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

a fun evening to test your blues /rock knowledge specially themed  this year’s Festival

State of The Union @ Biddulph Town hall,
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
State of The Union @ Biddulph Town hall,  | Biddulph | England | United Kingdom

**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – BIDDULPH TOWN HALL – BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AS NO BAR AVAILABLE ****

Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining.

**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – BIDDULPH TOWN HALL – BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AS NO BAR AVAILABLE *********************

MAH Charity Music Quiz with Ricco @ Dyers Arms
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
MAH Charity Music Quiz with Ricco @ Dyers Arms | England | United Kingdom

Join Ricco down the Dyers for a one-off Music Quiz helping to raise awareness and funds for the Musicians Against Homelessness Campaign, supporting Crisis. £1 pp entry fee.

Sep
28
Thu
The Earl Grey Whistle Test @ Earl Grey
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Earl Grey Whistle Test @ Earl Grey | England | United Kingdom

Back for a one-off special as part of this year’s Festival, expect some of the areas finest acoustic musicians.

Nixon Tate

Gregory S Davies

Venn Goodwin

Jim McShee

Mikey Rhead @ Leek Bar and Grill
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Mikey Rhead @ Leek Bar and Grill | England | United Kingdom

An evening of Music and Tapas featuring the vocals and acoustic guitar from the latest generation of Leek’s Rhead musical dynasty.

Slaid Cleaves @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Slaid Cleaves @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart.
On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with care and compassion; some might describe his characters as losers but he gives them dignity and voice and a bunch of great folk-rock tunes to boot.”

Leek Blues Acoustic Session @ Cock Inn
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Leek Blues Acoustic Session @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Local talent from across the Staffordshire Moorlands help to kick off this year’s Festival with an evening of acoustic music from across the genres.

Uptown Swing Dance Class with Black Cat Dance Band @ Red Lion
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Uptown Swing Dance Class with Black Cat Dance Band @ Red Lion | England | United Kingdom

Join Teresa Pattison with the Black Cat Dance Band for a great night of swing dancing. A guaranteed fun evening for all abilities

Sep
29
Fri
Vinyl Tap @ Spout Brewhouse
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Vinyl Tap @ Spout Brewhouse | England | United Kingdom

Bring over some of your old Motown records
We’ll put the speakers in the window and we’ll go
On the roof and listen to the Miracles
Echo to the alley down below….

Fine ales, great food, good company and classic tunes on vinyl.
BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl), we’ll provide the rest!

Kirk Fletcher (+ Chris Bevington Organisation) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Kirk Fletcher (+ Chris Bevington Organisation) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

KIRK FLETCHER.Kirk Fletcher has a reputation as a bonafide can’t-miss performer. His soulful playing and singing never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to blues and roots music is both refreshingly modern and completely authentic.
Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, he has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the globe. Born and based in Los Angeles, California, Kirk is a four-time Blues Music Award and a 2015 British Blues Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including Joe Bonamassa and a three-year role as lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He is also the frontman of his own Kirk Fletcher Band, having released three studio albums and a live album. A fourth studio album is currently in the works.

“Kirk is hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world.”
Joe Bonamassa

“Kirk fires off soulful, straight-from-the-heart solos that dazzle on big stages. ..Fletcher also blows people’s minds when he’s playing rhythm guitar.”
Guitar Player Magazine
WITH SUPPORT FROM”
Chris Bevington & friends have had a great 2016 so far and their reputation has helped them to establish the band as a top Professional Blues Band.
The aim of 2016 was to promote the second album “Better Start Cookin” to a wider audience and hopefully attract more friends along the way.

The highlights have been the support of Paul Jones BBC Radio 2 and the great Airplay he has given us as well as that, we have loved playing at some of the best Festivals in the UK and appearing at The Upton , Cambridge and Colne Festivals has been a fantastic Experience
The planning for Album Number 3 has already started and we hope to start very soon and the involvement and Song writing abilities of Jim Kirkpatrick and Scott Ralph is sure to build upon the great feedback we have received for Album No 2, so for us all , it’s very exciting times.”

STARTS 7.30 PM £14.

Problem Child @ Infinity Live
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Problem Child @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom
Problem Child are a new English working class punk band from Stoke On Trent who feature amongst their ranks Wolf Bites Boy drummer Paul Hankey. They’re a trio and the line up is rounded out by Live Wires’ vocalist & rhythm guitarist John Barks and ex Dom Morgan bassist Tom Mollatt.
Red Berryn and The One Dozen Berries @ Red Lion
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Red Berryn and The One Dozen Berries @ Red Lion | England | United Kingdom

With a heartfelt tribute to the late Chuck, Berry family endorsed Dominic ‘Chuck Berry’ Cooper and his Combo are set to storm the Red Lion with some amazing Rock, Rythmnand Blues.

Westerburgh & Micaela @ Beyond The Pale
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Westerburgh & Micaela @ Beyond The Pale | England | United Kingdom

WM is, in essence, a dynamic duo, composing and producing their own material as well as making acoustic versions of songs they feel strongly for. Chilled out blues tunes or sing-a-long party classics – WM has got it all.
The duo’s grounded, intimate and acoustic style topped off with lush harmonies quickly earned them recognition on the local scene which later turned into a long distance cooperation between Norrköping and Melbourne, Australia. Their ambition was, and continues to be, to compose, perform, record and release tight and well-rounded music – respected by the public and their peers..
Founded in Sweden in 2012, WM made the move to Australia and Melbourne in 2014 where they crafted their product further for the Australian audience – gaining a lot of exposure and playing a range of venues and residencies. A four-month roadtrip during the early months of 2015 took them to venues from Albury to Broken Hill, Sydney, Coffs Harbour and everywhere inbetween. Presently they reside in Manchester where they are enjoying the rich heritage of live music.
Westerburgh & Micaela spent a couple of years gigging around Australia. Photo taken by Erica Wheadon by Brisbane River, May 2016.

The duo came to be after Dennis had heard Micaela perform a version of Woody Guthrie’s – ‘Hard ain’t it Hard’ at a local bar in Norrköping, Sweden. He quietly enquired if she would be interested in sparking up an acoustic collaboration. They quickly found that their voices worked well together and decided to embark on a short-term project, playing at venues in Norrköping as well as recording a handful of cover songs.
After receiving great initial feedback, short-term became long term and they decided to write a few songs of their own, which later turned into the exceptional album Good Sad Days (now available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital platforms) made through an overseas collaboration. They have also worked with Scottish music producers Blind Digital & MOxico in order to try their hands on different genres such as rap, digital and dubstep.
In mid 2014, the duo reunited in Melbourne, Australia where they spent the year playing different venues and shaping their product. In 2015 they moved north to break into the Brisbane music scene. After gigging throughout south-east Queensland they moved back to Europe and spent a few months in Sweden before relocating to Manchester, UK.

McLovin’ @ Cock Inn
Sep 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
McLovin' @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Jimmy and the boys guarantee a great night of blues/rock classics on their home turf, featuring the incredibly talented Jordan Swann – one to watch for the future !

Sep
30
Sat
The Streamliners (21up) @ Cock Inn
Sep 30 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Streamliners (21up) @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Benjamin Mod Steve Giddings JR Mountford reunite after 21yrds, sorry years! Back in the day, The Streamliners had a fierce reputation for their uncompromising take on the 90s blues revival scene and for never bothering to get a proper bass player. The Streamliners will now be disposing of their audience alienating practice of charging £2.50 on the door and will be performing outside the Cock Inn (knees permitting) free of charge, relying on only their wit and long term memory of a dim and distant set list to bring you what may or may not be an accurate account of a time before loop pedals.
Maharaja Blues @ Cock Inn
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maharaja Blues @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Maharaja Blues is the culmination of the flow of three talented rivers, Richard, Jonathan and Satinder as they merge with the great Mississippi, fusing the sound of the beating tabla with the euphoric slide blues and the fire of the harmonica.

Barrelhouse Jukes @ Roebuck Hotel
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Barrelhouse Jukes @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Barrelhouse Jukes is a 3-piece acoustic blues and roots band based in Staffordshire and Cheshire. We play our own interpretation of Blues, Jazz with a West Coast feel thrown in for good measure.

Rick Ford & Friends @ Quiet Woman
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Rick Ford & Friends @ Quiet Woman | England | United Kingdom

Rick is one of those rare singer-songwriters who is wholly convincing in his ragged-edged country, folk and blues idiom. Joined in an informal session with like minded and similarly talented musician friends from across North Staffordshire and beyond…

Automatic Annie @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Automatic Annie @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

If you like hoodoo harmonica and electric blues,
Automatic Annie is the blues band for you.

Their combined musical experience
is a genuine vintage number.

Jump on This Train and get your Mojo Working. ​
Enjoy the ride with Automatic Annie and their electric blues machine.
All Aboard!

Kim Harrison @ Roebuck Hotel
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Midnight Specials @ Den Engel
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Midnight Specials @ Den Engel | England | United Kingdom
A duo who play Americana from Country to Old Time. Twin Guitar, harmony vocal twin fiddle and mandolin.
Walklate & Fuschi @ Cock Inn
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Walklate & Fuschi @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

United by a love of all styles of blues from the 1950s onwards, Mat (Vocals/Harmonica) and Paolo (Guitar/Vocals) play a diverse, dynamic set illustrating all shades of blues and allowing each others’ instrumental, vocal and improvisational qualities to shine.

Donna Wassall @ Roebuck Hotel
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Donna Wassall @ Roebuck Hotel  | England | United Kingdom

Local singer/guitarist Donna is a popular act on the local open mic circuit.

Rain @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Rain @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

Rain can be described as many things. They are dynamic, diverse and deliberate, with thoughtful lyrics, insightful melodies and theatrical guitar woven together from the strands of life’s experiences into a cloth of many colours.
Rain deliver a wide range of cover songs and original material.

Bad Soul Buskers @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bad Soul Buskers @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

This four piece outfit are guaranteed to get people on their feet and keep them there! Drawing from a repertoire of Soul and Blues classics, this will be sure to fill the dance floor at Infinity Live.

Bin 53/4 @ Roebuck Hotel
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bin 53/4 @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Buxton Boys Bin53/4 will cover the full range of Acoustic Blues, Country and Rock. Band Members Ric Bateman and Dave Speak with the addition of Dave Jones and Tim Kearney make up the ‘The Bin 53 Four’.

Oli Ng @ Quiet Woman
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oli Ng @ Quiet Woman | England | United Kingdom

Oli Ng is a 21 year old Singer-Songwriter from Crewe, Cheshire. Taking influences from artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Brian Fallon and Ryan Adams, Oli’s songwriting has something for everybody

 

The Missing Link @ Dyers Arms
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Missing Link @ Dyers Arms | England | United Kingdom

The Missing Link is a vastly experienced and talented five-piece band based in Stoke-on-Trent, playing an eclectic mix of classic pop-rock songs with a little bit of soul, mostly from the 60’s and 70’s, but including some less-obvious and more adventurous numbers.

Bill Dayson Band @ Cock Inn
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bill Dayson Band @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Bill makes a long awaited return with his all new electric line-up, after concentrating on solo acoustic gigs in recent years’. . .Bill, Pete Latham, Al Bruce, Andy Yates and special guests….

Jordan Swann, Amy Condrey & Justin Twigg @ Leek Bar & Grill
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jordan Swann, Amy Condrey & Justin Twigg @ Leek Bar & Grill | England | United Kingdom
A rare opportuity this weekend to take a ‘time out’ relax, enjoy a meal or just a long drink to the acoustic instrumental brilliance of local rising star guitarist Jordan Swan, the relaxed vocals of Amy Condrey and seasoned bassist Justin Twigg.
Bluebyrd @ Red Lion
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bluebyrd @ Red Lion | England | United Kingdom

Folk rock lovingly created and crafted by Chris Rowley with some background bits from Gareth Pask

Clair Brennan and Ciprian (Violinist @The Rising) @ Spout Brewhouse
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Clair Brennan and Ciprian (Violinist @The Rising) @ Spout Brewhouse | England | United Kingdom

“Relationships, road rage – I draw on everything I’ve experienced. And then I feel a lot better when people listen because they’re like ‘I get it’. That’s what creates a link between me and my audience. If it’s in the right setting, it’s really engaging. I get, not a buzz, but I appreciate the audience more, and they can appreciate what I’m doing.”

McRooney @ Den Engel
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
McRooney @ Den Engel | England | United Kingdom

We play American folk and blues music on guitar, banjo and anything else to hand. Artists We Also Like Uncle Earl, Chance McCoy, Neko Case, Mississippi John Hurt, Old Crow Medicine Show

McRooney are Des Rooney and Pete McLuskie – but usually joined by various friends including Steve Luff (harmonica) Tom Wojtulewicz (bass) Jamie Parkes (fiddle)

Tex & The Hardcore Troubadours @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tex & The Hardcore Troubadours @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

The Northwesterns one n only Cowboy Rock Band !!!!
Ridin in from the hills of Wigan Alabama, a 4 strong maraudin band of desperado hired guns with their own unique brand of Cowboy Rock, Hellbent & Heaven sent in their mission to Rope n Brand the hard drinkin patrons that frequent the saloons of the North Western prairies

Emma Jonson Trio @ Roebuck Hotel
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emma Jonson Trio @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Storming the Birmingham music scene, this newly formed vibrant mix of Midlands based musicians have already had huge success at the Birmingham International Jazz Festival and local venues, tipped as the the “best find in 2016”. A high energy band, playing Emma’s original blues tracks all the way through to more recent covers. However you won’t of heard them played like this before! Featuring Baz Newey on bass, Dan Machin on guitar and Roy Adams on drums.

Lissy Taylor @ Quiet Woman
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lissy Taylor @ Quiet Woman | England | United Kingdom

Staffordshire, England, born singer songwriter Lissy Taylor has spent the last two and a half years living in Lexington Kentucky USA, this Southern US influence combined with her smooth vocals and lyrics will captivate and transcend you into a unique blend of americana, pop and blues.
This last year, whilst in the United States, she was nominated for 3 music awards, and made live performances on both TV and radio.
Lissy released her debut EP ‘Reminds Me of You’ in 2017, produced by Broken Crow Studios and features Nashville’s musicians; Mark Prentice on bass & piano and Michael Severs on lead guitar. Her music is now receiving airplay on radio in the US and us available to listen to on Spotify or download on iTunes.

Lissy is now back in England and continuing her pursuit of music.

Pistol Pete Wearn @ BeerDock
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pistol Pete Wearn @ BeerDock | England | United Kingdom

Tearing it up with his own raucous interpretation of traditional blues, Pistol Pete Wearn is a renowned vocalist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. Equipped with acoustic guitar and stompbox he blends traditional material and originals with the odd slide-ifed cover.

The Extras @ Benks
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Extras @ Benks | England | United Kingdom

Tight, slick and lots of humorous laugh out loud banter tonight with everyone chirping in with some nice one liners and some nifty stage wear from the new guy. With a powerful vocal, again keeping within the ethos of the Extra’s high octane brand of R&B it’s the Extras we know and love but with a bit…..well…Extra.

Randall’s Stone @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Randall's Stone @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

All home-grown acoustic blues to folk via Americana. Line-up may include any passing mates…

Blackmoon Lake @ Cock Inn
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Blackmoon Lake @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Three experienced musicians with a passion for live performance, have come together to form Blackmoon Lake. Playing covers of music by: Led Zeppelin, The Doors, John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, Cream, Peter Green, John Mayall, S.R.V., Pink Floyd ……
What’s not to like?

Circle Of Thieves @ Britannia Inn
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Circle Of Thieves @ Britannia Inn | England | United Kingdom

Circle Of Thieves are an exciting new band featuring Demon’s Ray Walmsley.
Playing a mix of country rock and blues covers as well as originals.
Vocals are handled by the fabulous Alison Danks with Neil and Ian Barker on bass and drums.

Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts @ Quiet Woman
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts @ Quiet Woman | England | United Kingdom

Hannah sings classic country songs about drinking and heart ache straight from a Honky Tonk, her sultry and smokey voice taking on the likes of Patsy Cline, Skeets McDonald and Willie Nelson. But what also cannot be ignored in her voice is the strong influence from the blues, as exemplified on her cover of an old Charlie Patton number and her powerful rendition of ‘Trouble In Mind’.

Soporific Seagulls @ Wilkes' Head
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Soporific Seagulls @ Wilkes' Head | England | United Kingdom

The Acoustic Trio, consisting of Kristina Rough (Bass, vocals), Christian Shooter (guitars, vocals) and Owen Jones (Guitar, harmonica, vocals) is dedicated to the ” Harmony.
It is covered, but the repertoire is remarkable: Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, the doctors, and Robyn Hitchcock, but also the everly brothers, Neil young, Leonard Cohen, the rolling stones and Christy Moore – to name only a few. There’s a soporific seagulls folktale, too.
The principle of the band: in principle there is no principle. The song is sung every good piece, which can give a new face to the vocal arrangement of the three.
A Soporific Seagulls concert is a great experience: whether quiet or loud
And kind of a bit different. You shouldn’t miss it!

CANCELLED – Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys – CANCELLED @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
CANCELLED - Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys - CANCELLED @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

So why ‘Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys?’, starting with The Hoochie Coochie Boys, the band has been heavily influenced by the Chicago Blues sound, as well as a British influence from Nine Below Zero & Dr. Feelgood, and Hoochie Coochie Boys is a nod to the great Muddy Waters. Rob Wilkinson underpins the band with old time harmonica playing and a wailing tone, hence the Cry Baby.

Greg Murray & The Seven Wonders @ Red Lion
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Greg Murray & The Seven Wonders @ Red Lion | England | United Kingdom

Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders – an Irish singer-songwriter with a wonderful group of close friends with the love and energy for creating music together. Greg is currently working on a new cd of recordings of Irish/Latin/country/folk/gospel influenced material that we are loving playing live together.

Tom Attah & Mat Walklate @ Infinity Live
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Tom Attah & Mat Walklate @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom

With Mat Walklate (Harmonica) Bo Lee (Bass)
Dr Tom Attah is a practising musician, and Popular Music Course Leader at Leeds College of Art and Design. His Ph.D. was awarded by University of Salford. His research interests include the effects of technology on popular music, particularly blues music and blues culture.

Tom’s teaching and blues advocacy includes workshops, seminars, lectures and recitals delivered to learning institutions in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. Before being appointed to LCA, Tom taught undergraduate modules at University of Salford and BIMM Manchester.

As a guitarist and singer, Tom performs solo, with an acoustic duo and as part of an electric band. Tom’s solo acoustic work includes his own original Blues compositions and has led to performances at major music festivals around Europe, including major stages at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, and Blues Autour Du Zinc. Tom’s multiple national radio appearances include performances and documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

Tom’s journalistic writing is regularly featured in specialist music publications including Blues In Britain magazine, and his original research papers and book reviews are published in several international peer-reviewed journals.

The Funkbreakers @ Roebuck Hotel
Sep 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Funkbreakers @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, Reggae & Latin

Chris D Vocal & Sax,
Neil Simpson Bass,
Carl Hemmingsley Drums &
Dan Machin Guitar

Blues Train @ Wilkes' Head
Sep 30 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Blues Train @ Wilkes' Head | England | United Kingdom
RED HOT N’RAW RHYTHM N’ BLUES
from Reg and the Buxton Boys
Malpractice @ Benks
Sep 30 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Malpractice @ Benks | England | United Kingdom

RnB on steroids…..”a little Malpractice never hurt anyone”.
Malpractice are a bunch of naughty boys who should know better. Our mission…To bring Feelgood to the people from Harecastle Delta to the Bathpool Jetty. Influences include 70’S R&B, Pub Rock, The Blues, The Chris Bevington Blues Band.

The Lester Hunt Band @ Wellington Inn
Sep 30 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lester Hunt Band @ Wellington Inn | England | United Kingdom

Leek’s very own Les Hunt (Climax Blues Band) teams up again with fellow Hunter band members Fastfret Nick Egan on Bass, Cathouse Les Critchlow on skins. Always a good gig.

John Dhali @ Beyond The Pale
Sep 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
John Dhali @ Beyond The Pale | England | United Kingdom

John Dhali is a 22 year old Soul-Folk artist with a fiery presence, a rare depth of understanding and a knack for writing good tunes. Hearing his music for the first time has been likened to ‘welcoming home an old friend’. Instantly familiar melodies, profound lyricism and a soaring vocal combine to form a magical musical medicine for the Soul. Think Mumford and Sons, Paolo Nutini and Jeff Buckley all rolled into one.

The Bluesmakers @ Cock Inn
Sep 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Bluesmakers @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

The Bluesmakers, the former John Waterhouse blues band from North Staffs, still going strong after 30 years!

Oct
1
Sun
Randall’s Stone @ Market Place
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Randall's Stone @ Market Place | England | United Kingdom

All home-grown acoustic blues to folk via Americana. Line-up may include any passing mates…

American Classic Car Show @ Roebuck Hotel
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
American Classic Car Show @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

A small but perfectly formed display of some of the finest American cars located within North Staffordshire..
Roebuck Car Park at the rear of the pub.

Breakfast Blues with The Rivercards @ Spout Brewhouse
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Breakfast Blues with The Rivercards @ Spout Brewhouse | England | United Kingdom

Band Members
Jill Povey – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar.
JR Mountford – Acoustic/Electric Guitar.
Farnham Heywood – Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Harmonica

A lot of plushy numbers in a laid back manner!
Acoustic Blues, Jazz, Americana and a whole lot more besides

Downtown Drifters @ Market Place
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Downtown Drifters @ Market Place | England | United Kingdom
A Blues/Country hybrid featuring ‘Jim Hammond’ (Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Vocals) & and ‘Nick Whitfield’ (Double Bass, Vocals)
Phil Maddocks & The Outdoor Angels @ Sparrow Park Stage
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Phil Maddocks & The Outdoor Angels @ Sparrow Park Stage | England | United Kingdom

Appearing on Sparrow Park Stage sponsored by ctd architects

Described by fRoots magazine as a ‘call to arms that has melody and plenty of northern grit’, Leek based Phil Maddocks will be teaming up with The Outdoor Angels to showcase his Americana tinged songs. The band will feature Phil’s regular collaborator, Nick Bayes on bass alongside Leek’ s very own Tom Rhead on electric guitar plus popular local drummer Rick Wilson will be providing the rhythm.The band are about to record a brand new single, titled appropriately enough, ‘Outdoor Angel’.

Sparrow Park Stage sponsored by ctd architects @ Sparrow Park Stage
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sparrow Park Stage sponsored by ctd architects @ Sparrow Park Stage | England | United Kingdom
Sunday Supplement Outdoor stage
for Leek Blues & Americana Festival
sponsored by ctd architects
 
11:00 – Phil Maddocks and The Outdoor Angels
Described by fRoots magazine as a ‘call to arms that has melody and plenty of northern grit’, Leek based Phil Maddocks will be teaming up with The Outdoor Angels to showcase his Americana tinged songs. The band will feature Phil’s regular collaborator, Nick Bayes on bass alongside Leek’ s very own Tom Rhead on electric guitar plus popular local drummer Rick Wilson will be providing the rhythm.The band are about to record a brand new single, titled appropriately enough, ‘Outdoor Angel’.
 
12:00 – Spinster Jones
Five piece band with an Americana meets funk sound.
 
13:00 – The Fugitives
The Fugitives are a modern folk group based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. They have released three full length albums and two EPs, with a new full length, “The Promise of Strangers”, due out in Canada in the last fall of 2017. Recent highlights include touring to twelve countries, being nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Album, opening for Buffy Sainte-Marie across Western Canada, and playing UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

 

Gillespie & Stonier @ Leek Bar and Grill
Oct 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Gillespie & Stonier @ Leek Bar and Grill | England | United Kingdom

Stoke-onTrent acoustic duo spun off from the Gillespie Blues Band

Jaxhill @ Cock Inn
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jaxhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

JAXHILL are Mike Gledhill (guitar, resonator and vocals) and Phil Jackson (harmonicas and vocals). We play acoustic blues, americana and our own songs in blues clubs, folk clubs, acoustic nights and anywhere that we can have a good time and the audience can go home happy! Our influences are Robert Johnson, Son House,Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Ry Cooper,60s-70s songwriters, Sonny Terry,Brownie McGhee, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. We host a monthly acoustic night at The Cock Inn, Leek and play gigs across The Midlands to infinity and beyond!

Roots Room DJ’s – Frank Gannon & Matt Clarke @ Roebuck Hotel
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Roots Room DJ's - Frank Gannon & Matt Clarke @ Roebuck Hotel

A Festival favourite, all the way from The Roots Room, Derby, Frank Gannon & Matt Clarke spinning the very best in 50’s/60’s Rock n Roll and R n B original 45’s

Spinster Jones @ Sparrow Park Stage
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 2 @ 1:00 am
Spinster Jones @ Sparrow Park Stage | England | United Kingdom

appearing on the Sparrow Park Stage, sponsored by ctd architects

Five piece band with an Americana meets funk sound.
Kim – Lead Vocals
Mark – Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Ollie – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Ivan – Bass
Neil – Drums / Cajon

The Fugitives @ Sparrow Park Stage
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Fugitives @ Sparrow Park Stage | England | United Kingdom

Appearing on Sparrow Park Stage sponsored by ctd architects

The Fugitives are a modern folk group based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. They have released three full length albums and two EPs, with a new full length, “The Promise of Strangers”, due out in Canada in the last fall of 2017. Recent highlights include touring to twelve countries, being nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Album, opening for Buffy Sainte-Marie across Western Canada, and playing UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

Pete Latham & Jen Ogle @ Market Place
Oct 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Pete Latham & Jen Ogle @ Market Place | England | United Kingdom

Pete and Jen started working together as a folk duo in the summer of 2013. Mostly influenced by Folk Revival music – Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, Tom Paxton, Judy Dyble, Sandy Denny, John Renbourn, All About Eve and Pentangle

The Runawayz @ Roebuck Hotel
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Runawayz @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

A fresh young rockin’ band from the UK with a driven powerful sound! Playing great classic rockabilly as well as some new materials.

Band Members
Joe Newbon – Guitar / Vocals
Sam French – Bass / Vocals
Curt Jones – Drums / Vocals

Cuckoo’s Nest Goes West @ Den Engel
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cuckoo's Nest Goes West @ Den Engel | England | United Kingdom

Founder of the Cuckoo’s Folk Club, Friend of Fairport, one of the instigators of Leek Arts Festival, and overall Leek Legend! Dave Rhead pulls together some mates for an afternoon of American Dance tunes and other good stuff.

K&S Vinyl Sounds @ Benks
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
K&S Vinyl Sounds @ Benks | England | United Kingdom

Familiar faces on the Northern Soul circuit, the guys hit the decks adding early sixties soul, sixties and seventies funk into the mix with some classic blues rock thrown in too.

Swamp Dog Millionaires @ Cock Inn
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Swamp Dog Millionaires @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Swamp Dog Millionaires, Louisiana funk blues from the Mersey bayou. Featuring Kenny Roberts, Gaz Gaskell, Tom Maguire and Mark Dagnall.

Jim Hammond’s Electric Mudshack @ Roebuck Hotel
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jim Hammond's Electric Mudshack @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

“JIM HAMMOND’S ELECTRIC MUDSHACK”
Are a 40s/50s R&B country Blues band with a Mixture of Surf Rockabilly for good measure.
Influences: ‘Hound Dog Taylor’, Lightning Hopkins, Little Milton,Magic Sam,Lois Jordan,Mickey Baker,Amos Milburn

Jim Hammond + Mark Morgan + Nick Whitfield

Mike Gledhill @ Cock Inn
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mike Gledhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

veni, vidi, lusi
A familiar face on the local blues scene for the past few years, Mike brings acoustic blues to his old stomping ground of the Cock Inn.

Mikey Rhead & Friends @ Fountain Inn
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mikey Rhead & Friends @ Fountain Inn | England | United Kingdom

It’s a Sunday Supper Safari !!
Steve Giddings will be hosting at the Blue Mugge and just a few minutes stroll away Mikey Rhead will be hosting at the Fountain Inn
expect friends to stop by to join them for acoustic blues, country, whatever takes their fancy really.

Steve Giddings & Friends @ Blue Mugge
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Steve Giddings & Friends @ Blue Mugge | England | United Kingdom

It’s a Sunday Supper Safari !!
Steve Giddings will be hosting at the Blue Mugge and just a few minutes stroll away Mikey Rhead will be hosting at the Fountain Inn
expect friends to stop by to join them for acoustic blues, country, whatever takes their fancy really.

Elvis Fontenot @ Cock Inn
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Elvis Fontenot @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

The guys who added the Americana into the first Leek Blues Festival and have been a permanent fixture ever since !!

Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp ‘n’ Roll from the bayous of Staffordshire

Formed in the dim and distant past of 1993, in Stoke-on-Trent, Elvis Fontenot have evolved to become the premier European swamp’n’roll outfit that they are today
Lineup is Nick Barber (Accordion/Vocals/Frottoir), Paul Asher (Accordion/Fiddle/Mandolin), Holly Vee Lucas (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Stu Duthie (Bass/Harmonica/Vocals) and Chris Plimbley (Drums)

Firm Festival Favourites

Leek Blues Last Call with The Nick Steed Band @ Roebuck Hotel
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Leek Blues Last Call with The Nick Steed Band @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

The obvious choice for our ‘end of show party’*

Nick is an Organ/Piano player/vocalist who performs a mix of styles, mainly Blues but also Jazz fusion and Rock, He is a highly regarded musician who has been recognised for his songwriting by international artistes from Lil John Roberts(George Duke Band, Snarky Puppy), Francis Dunnery(It Bites, David Sancious), Mike Lindup(Level 42).

Nick has recently worked with Mollie Marriott, PP Arnold, Corky Laing also appearing with Dennis Chambers, Gary Husband, Jeff Berlin, Steve Hackett, David Sancious, Lulu, Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, Shakatak and is currently the Keyboard/Hammond organ player for The Norman Beaker Band whom tours UK and Europe regularly with Larry Garner(Louisiana Blues Guitarist) and Chris Farlowe(Out of time, Handbags & Gladrags) and occasional support for Van Morrison.

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Rodney Branigan @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Rodney Branigan @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

LEEK BLUES AND AMERICANA PRESENTS……..
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.
Artists are often described as having “a unique talent”; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi instrumentalist skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice;(often compared to Jeff Buckley)A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own, inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast, Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China, India, Africa and all across Europe; earning him love from new fans and respect from established musicians alike.

Rodney Branigan the songwriter is a truly gifted man. Rodney Branigan the performer has to be seen to be believed. Having opened for Billy Sheehan, Jack Johnson, Francis Cabrel, G-Love, Billy Bragg, Angeliqu Kidja, Show of Hands to name a few.
http://www.rodneybranigan.com/index/

Rodney will be supported the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek by the talented local singer/songwriter Rob Davies.