COUNTING DOWN TO THE BLUES

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5 Days

Starting Wednesday 2nd October – Sunday 6th October 2019

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20 + Venues

Pubs, bars, cafés and arts centres all hosting

[feature title=”60 + Acts” title_color=”#293945″ iconfont=”pe-4x pe-7s-album” icon_color=”#327ab1″]Over 60 Blues & Americana acts throughout the town centre of Leek
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60 + Acts

Over 60 Blues & Americana acts throughout the town centre of Leek

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Martin Harley (with Band) + support
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Martin Harley (with Band) + support

Kezia Gill
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Kezia Gill

Cry Baby & The Hooche Coochie Boys
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Cry Baby & The Hooche Coochie Boys

Biscuithead and the Biscuitbadgers
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Biscuithead and the Biscuitbadgers

Banjo Jen
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Banjo Jen

Little Victor & Combo
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Little Victor & Combo

Tone Tanner
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Tone Tanner

The Slide Machine
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The Slide Machine

JC’s Hopeless Sinners
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JC’s Hopeless Sinners

Sister Suzie & The Right Band
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Sister Suzie & The Right Band

Son Of Dave
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Son Of Dave

Peak District Big Band feat. Alex Clarke & Molly Rider
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Peak District Big Band feat. Alex Clarke & Molly Rider

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Oct
1
Tue
Film: Amazing Grace (U) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Film: Amazing Grace (U) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

Foxlowe Films Presents:

As part of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are delighted to screen Amazing Grace. Almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release, Sydney Pollack’s concert film of Aretha Franklin’s legendary gospel album, Amazing Grace is finally on the big screen. Shot over two nights in January 1972, the film shows Franklin return to her gospel roots at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles before an ecstatic live audience. Amazing Grace went on to become one of the biggest and most beloved albums of Aretha’s career. “Amazing Grace is, without a doubt one of the finest music documentaries ever. For close to 90 minutes I sat with chills up and down my spine in a near-constant roll” The Guardian.

USA  2019  89 mins   Dir:  Alan Elliot & Sydney Pollack

 

Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.

Oct
2
Wed
Leek Blues First Call featuring Mike Gledhill @ Cock Inn
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Leek Blues First Call featuring Mike Gledhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Mike Gledhill & Friends kick off this year’s Festival.

Martin Harley (with Band) + support @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Martin Harley (with Band) + support @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.

Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.

Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.

“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – *Guitarist Magazine***

“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – *Weissenborn Exchange**

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – *Roots Magazine***

“Awesome” – *Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2***

“Quite simply a great live act” – *Time Out London*

Oct
3
Thu
Music Magic featuring Helen Walford @ Trinity Church
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Music Magic featuring Helen Walford @ Trinity Church | England | United Kingdom

Music Magic (formerly Classical Babies) provides live music of all genres for babies & their grown-ups in a relaxed, informal setting where no-one is expected to sit still & be quiet! The music is carefully chosen to appeal to all ages and performed by some of the country’s most esteemed professional musicians. With soft flooring and toys for the babies, and coffee & cake for the adults, concerts don’t come more baby-friendly than this!

Gin & Damsels (The Deadbeat Damsels) @ Beerdock
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gin & Damsels (The Deadbeat Damsels) @ Beerdock | England | United Kingdom
Exciting new, Deadbeat Damsels, perform a mix of americana, country rock, old & contemporary, with strong voices and beautiful harmonies. Do not miss!
Kezia Gill + Robbie Cross @ Old Mill Smoke House
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Kezia Gill + Robbie Cross @ Old Mill Smoke House | England | United Kingdom

Derby Based Singer/Songwriter Kezia, has been singing professionally for over 10 years. … 2018 was an extremely successful year, seeing Kezia win Female Vocalist of the year at the CCN Awards, and take home the Peoples Choice Award for Soloist of the year at the BCMA Awards.

Robbie has a long, battled-scarred career of making a racket in many projects and bands but latterly in solo endeavours where he has written and recorded 4 albums of material. He is happiest when playing his first love – Americana. Massively influenced by Steve Earle and the likes – he even learned the mandolin so he could have a stab at Copperhead Road by the aforementioned Mr Earle. Born in Liverpool and now settled in Macclesfield…for now at least until the police find him again.

 

Mikey Rhead @ Leek Bar & Grill
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mikey Rhead @ Leek Bar & Grill | England | United Kingdom

Mikey Rhead will be entertaining diners enjoying the great value food on Thursday, always a popular night at Leek Bar & Grill

Leek Blues & Americana Acoustic Session @ Cock Inn
Oct 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Leek Blues & Americana Acoustic Session @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Mike Gledhill hosts this year’s festival Leek Blues & Americana Acoustic Session.

Now a regular monthly feature at the Cock Inn, expect some of the local areas amazing musical talent on display includeing Jaxhill, Pete Latham, Bill Dyson amongst others.

 

Oct
4
Fri
Vinyl Tap @ Spout Brewhouse
Oct 4 @ 6:00 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!

Adam D’Arcy @ Beerdock
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adam D'Arcy @ Beerdock | England | United Kingdom

Adam D’Arcy is a musician from Staffordshire and has performed in bands and solo over the UK and Channel Islands for over a decade.

Jaxhill @ Cock Inn
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jaxhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom

Phil and Mike met at university many moons ago. We wrote songs and played them in folk and blues clubs across the midlands. We lost touch for many years as jobs and families took centre stage. We’re back playing live now, growing older disgracefully and having a very good time.

 

Katie O’Malley Band @ Roebuck Hotel
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Katie O'Malley Band @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom

A voice that pours with emotion and fills a venue, Katie O’Malley and her hip-swaying country/blues band have played across the country at numerous shows and festivals, including Green Meadows, Dot2Dot and many more.

A familiar face on the Manchester acoustic scene, she has supported top ten album selling Beth Rowley, country star Kimmie Rhodes, played alongside Aziz Ibrahim (stone roses, simply red) and worked with award-winning producer Simon Dine (Paul Weller, Noonday Underground)

[header element_tag=”h3″ title=”Download our 2019 Programme “]

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2019 programme. Coming soon,  all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local, national and international Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more.

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A selection of hotels, bed and breakfast and camping facilities in the Leek area.

For a more comprehensive list please see our ‘Where to stay in Leek‘ information

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Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2019 programme coming soon, all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local, national and international Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more.

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