New Blues ’n’ Roots Festival for Shropshire
Church Stretton, in Shropshire is getting a new addition to the festival calendar. The first ever Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival will be held in the town on Saturday, 31st May, 2014.
The festival, which will be supporting MacMillan Cancer Support, aims to showcase some of the best singer-song writers on the blues and roots scene. The line-up features both national and international artists, as well as some fantastic home grown Shropshire talent.
Headlining the festival is ‘Blues Boy’ Dan Owen, winner of the British Blues Awards Best Young Artist 2013. Dan is a Shropshire lad, who is making huge waves in the music world.
Last year, his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown” had over 455,000 hits on youtube.com. This brought him to the attention of Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame.
Mick is now acting as Dan’s mentor, describing him as being, “At the forefront of the new wave in British singer-songwriter talent.” This led to Dan being invited to attend Country Music legend Willie Nelson’s 80th Birthday Party in Nashville where he rubbed shoulders with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones.
In June, he played at Glastonbury Festival, and then recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Vance Powell.
Powell has worked with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Seasick Steve and LeAnne Rimes, and songs from this recording session reached the top two positions in the iTunes Store Blues charts at the same time.
Dan then finished last year being voted Best Young Artist at the British Blues Awards.
In March 2014 Dan uploaded a version of Howlin Wolf’s Little Red Rooster to youtube. The song attracted over 80,000 hits in the first five days and was released on itunes due to the phenomenal demand.
Gary Hall, influential Americana musician and former front man with The Stormkeepers, will be joining Dan Owen on the bill.
Gary’s latest album, Winning Ways on Losing Streaks, attracted critical acclaim from the blues and roots world and has been described as “The Americana album of the year”.
Polly Money is another artist on the rise. Polly has spent the last year touring and playing festivals all over the UK, Europe and the USA. She has played at such prestigious venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The London Acoustic Guitar show and London’s KOKO.
In June Polly supported Muse at The Stade de France in Paris along with Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal. Her voice is sweet, warm and delicate yet soars like a bird as she takes you on journeys of teenage angst and love and loss.
A total of 12 blues and roots artists will be performing throughout the day and night. There will also be there will be musical workshops and activities for children.
A fully stocked licensed bar and food from around the world, will be available on site, at Rectory Field, Church Stretton.
Children under 14 are free. Adult tickets cost £20 and are available, along with other information, at www.bluesnroots.co.uk.