Two U.S. Music Stars will round off the fifth Leek Blues & Americana Festival

Two U.S. Music Stars will round off the fifth Leek Blues & Americana Festival


West Virginian Lisa Mann and Texas raised Rodney Branigan will round off this year’s Leek Blues and Americana Festival this week.

Following a tremendous five days of live Blues & Americana music throughout Leek’s bars, restaurants, Foxlowe Arts Centre (and even Sparrow Park!) the Festival  took a deep breath and will kick in again this Thursday 12th October 9pm at the Cock Inn, Leek (no door charge)  with an additional gig to the programme, Lisa Mann and her band. Rodney Branigan will then ‘wrap’ this year’s Festival on Saturday 14th October at the Foxlowe Arts Centre doors 8pm for 8:30pm, £10 admission.

Award winning Lisa Mann has added the Cock Inn, Derby Street, Leek into her already packed UK  tour schedule.

Lisa has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar, an award which she also took home in 2015. Her first award win fell hot on the heels of her win for Blues Blast’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award, as well as three Muddy Waters Awards from the Cascade Blues Association for Contemporary Blues Act of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, and Northwest Recording of the Year. Her latest release, Hard Times, Bad Decisions debuted on the Living Blues radio chart at #7, and on the International Blues Broadcasters Association chart at #10, and can be heard burning up the airwaves worldwide.

Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves touch on the hallowed soil of soul greats James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt.

Her influences run the gamut, from low down blues sisters Etta James and Koko Taylor, to singer-songwriters like Bonnie Raitt and R&B belters like Little Milton. She writes the majority of her recorded material, and her songs paint pictures of a gritty (and sometimes humorous) personal experience in life, love and the not-always-pretty music business.

UK Promoter Dudley Ross: “we are SO excited to be playing the Cock Inn, Leek on Thursday 12th October with the amazing American artist Lisa Mann!! I play guitar with Kirk Fletcher, and we were in Leek as part of the Kirk Fletcher UK Tour during the Festival and we loved it! So I thought it would be great to bring Lisa to your fantastic town! Hope to see you there, it’s going to be one hell of a party!”

Lisa’s UK Tour Line Up comprises: Steve Watts – keyboards, Dudley Ross – guitar, Mike Horne – drums, Lisa Mann – vocals & bass.  CONTINUED….




Multi-instrumentalist ‘one man – two guitars’ Texan Rodney Branigan returns to Leek on Saturday 14th October 8 for 8:30pm at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek with support from local singer/songwriter Rob Davies who will be featuring songs from his latest album. Tickets are £10 and available from the venue and on-line at

Rodney is a Texas-raised Londoner who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.  A master of several instruments, with a rich and soulful voice, Rodney’s heartfelt lyrics have often led to comparisons with Jeff Buckley, even described by France’s Crossroads magazine as “the revelation of the year or even the decade”.

His infectious blend of organic progressive folk, rock, flamenco, classic, bluegrass and jazz sensibilities have seen Rodney tour the US from coast to coast and travel the world across China, India, Africa and Europe, where his reputation as an outstanding live performer has led to turns supporting the likes of Billy Sheehan, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Pentagram, Shair’n’Func, Show of Hands and Francis Cabriel among others.


Music Connection Magazine has described Rodney as “…one of the most amazing artists you will ever see. Not simply because he is unique, but rather because he is impossibly talented”


Leek Blues & Americana Festival Organiser, Dave Swarbrook added “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome Rodney back to Leek again. He played a small private party last time and so I was keen to share our unique experience with everyone in town! As well as being an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, fabulous singer and with tremendous song writing ability he’s also a great bloke! I’m looking forward to showing Rodney the pubs of Leek and introducing him to North Staffordshire Oatcakes, which has become a pre-requisite for all visiting international musicians.”