Maryport Blues 2007

Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007

JULY 27th, 28th 29th 2007


One of music’s most creative, prolific and popular figures, Van Morrison, will headline the 9th Maryport Blues Festival, performing with his 11 piece band on the main marquee stage on Saturday July 28th.

Over the three day festival, Van will be supported by top international musicians from the US, UK, Australia and Italy performing the many types of music which falls under the blues umbrella encompassing zydeco, jazz, soul, rock in addition to the traditional blues genres of Chicago, texas, and delta blues. All bands are making their debuts at the festival.

The Sunday will be headlined by zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band (US), who is widely acknowledged as the best living zydeco singer and accordionist. When Chenier stepped onto the main stage at the Chicago Blues Festival and looked over the crowd of 60,000 eager fans, he had one thing in mind: get them on their feet and make them dance and “almost immediately after launching into their first song, the band had people young and old shaking their hips and cheering in unison” A perfect finale to the festival.

Grammy Nominee and critically acclaimed James Hunter (UK), renowned for his extraordinary soul voice and impassioned performances will make a rare UK festival appearance on the Saturday. Van Morrison said “James is one of the best voices, and best kept secrets, in British R&B and Soul”.

The Holmes Brothers (US) are “…the undisputed masters of blues-based American roots music” – Chicago Tribune. Their chilling harmonies resonate with a passion and conviction matched only by their inspired musicianship and their ability to perform sanctified gospel, low-down roadhouse blues, deep soul, Americana/country and pure pop – all in one set. They’ve recorded with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Joan Osborne.

Harper is an award winning Australian blues artist, known for is known for his huge soulful vocals, unique harmonica performances and his innovative original compositions, and uniquely, the inclusion of the didgeridoo in his live performances.
Italy’s Top Blues band Family Style is a real family band coming from a small town near Milan and formed in 1994, to play the best Chicago Blues, steamy shuffles, topped by awesome harp and dynamic licks, & lots of swing. Italian Blues deluxe in Maryport.
Blues n’Trouble is simply one of the best British blues bands around. Formed in the early 1908s, they have toured & guested with many blues greats including BB King, Robert Cray, Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and have recorded 10 albums. This is B n’T’s their first appearance at the festival. Another top British blues band, Out of the Blue, also makes their debut at the festival. Led by singer, guitarist and award winning songwriter Kevin Thorpe, Out Of The Blue respect the blues tradition, but like to stretch the outside of the envelope and create a modern, thoroughly original sound that fuses jazz, rock and of course blues.
Never the Bride is a female blues rock band, who Bob Harris on his radio show described as “An absolutely brilliant British Band, who have really built up a reputation of being one of the best live bands in Britain “.They are fronted by Nikki Lambourn whose voice has drawn comparisons with Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Maggie Bell, and songwriter / keyboard player Catherine ‘Been’ Feeney.

The Friday headliner and many more artists to be announced soon.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 16th at the
Carnegie Theatre Box Office
Finkle Street, Workington
01900 602122

Prices to be announced when full programme confirmed.

New site for main marquee
For the last eight years the main stage marquee has been next to the marina in Maryport. This year, due to construction work on this site, the main stage has been moved to the Netherhall Rugby Club grounds.

Further details will be released on the website as they become available.
For any enquiries or comments please e-mail or contact Eleanor Carr 07710 544 040

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