Liverpool Blues and Roots Festival

Posted on: Thursday, Sep 29, 2005


Liverpool Blues and Roots Festival
Saturday 15th October 2005 (12.30pm to 12.30am)

Academy 2 at the University of Liverpool will provide the excellent venue for the first Liverpool Blues and Roots Festival, which will boast four of the very best artistes on the current British blues scene and high quality acts from the USA.

The festival will be headlined by Liverpool’s own Connie Lush and Blues Shouter. Connie is very appropriately honoured in the British Blues Connection’s Hall of Fame and has been voted best foreign blues singer in France for two consecutive years. Her fabulous voice and stunning stage presence are legendary and not to be missed. The evening session will be opened by the Runcorn-based Smokehouse Blues Band, fronted by Jonny Hewitt, one of the finest exponents in this country of West Coast and Chicago style blues harmonica.

The festival is guaranteed a terrific start from Lorelei, an acoustic duo from Devon, combining the soulful voice of Katie Marie and the intricate guitar playing of Luigi Langella. The afternoon session will be headlined by Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling, a charismatic performer and the finest exponent of blues harmonica in the UK today; while Kyla Brox is earning a well deserved reputation as the best young, female blues singer in Britain.

The marvellous contribution from the United States is led by the Joanna Connor Band from Chicago, who will bring the festival to a climactic finale. Joanna is a highly talented singer/guitarist, who has shared the stage with such blues luminaries as Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Robert Cray. She is rightly acclaimed for her powerful and vibrant performances. The Driftwood Citizens, a supremely accomplished quintet from Boston, Massachusetts, guarantee the feelgood factor through their infectious enthusiasm and energy. The afternoon session will also be graced by Cynthia Frazzini and Craig Aspen (The Believers), who cleverly combine their respective Colorado and New York backgrounds into a distinctively attractive blend of folk/rock.

Twelve hours of top class entertainment from eight acts for just £25. The first Liverpool Blues and Roots Festival promises to be a truly memorable event, which will sit very comfortably with the rich heritage of the City of Music.

Tickets (£25 in advance – £30 on the door) are available:
In person from The University of Liverpool Student Guild Card and Ticket Shop, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool and Probe Records in the city centre
From Radio City Box Office: 0151 256 5555
On-line at and
By ‘phone from 0870 998 8888 and John Welsh on 0151 428 2855

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