Worthenbury Blues and Roots Festival June 30th

Posted on: Monday, Jun 18, 2007

Here’s a press release from Pete Evans one of the organisers of the Worthenbury Blues and Roots Festival – the festival looks fabulous but I am afraid that I will not be able to go as I am at a wedding on that day. I am hoping that some bluesinthenorthwest.com readers will take some pictures and write some reviews for me to feature on the site. Anyway, enough of me – here’s Pete………

Our festival is nearly upon us and as usual the pace is now getting frenetic – this is my tenth festival and I stillI don’t know why I do it – I’m sure it has made my hair go grey!!

The 3rd Worthenbury Festival is on June 30th at Glandeg Farm Worthenbury on June 30th. The gates open at 1.30pm and the music starts at 3pm through till 11pm.
The tickets are £20 for the day and £15 for the evening session which starts at 6.30pm. There is camping and caravanning available and plenty of space. A real ale tent is complemented by a hog roast.
Morning After Music (Colne and Burnley cd sales) will be there plus a guitar stand with guitars for sale and rarities for looking at and playing. Pablo the artist will be there and there will be other side stalls.

Headlining will be Big George Brock from Clarksdale. This 75 year old harp player was rediscovered a few years ago.He is an amazing character having been brought up on a cotton plantation and made his name as a boxer in his youth and knocked out Sonny Liston. He also wrestled with a grizzly bear when a travelling show called in his town. He has fathered 42 children and ran blues bars in St Louis where his wife was shot dead by a drunk one night.
A man entitled to sing the blues, he is one of the last old Mississippi blues men.
He is backed on guitar by Delta blues man Bill Abel, one of the best of the current Mississippi guitarists.

Also appearing is Lisa Mills the phenomenal singer guitarist from Mobile Alabama. A mix of Bonnie Raitt, Etta James and Janis Joplin she actually sings with Big Brother and The Holding Company on their reunion tours. She has toured the USA with Robert Plant who raves over her. She will be joined on stage by Plant’s keyboard player Mark Stanway and Phil Bates the ex lead guitarist from ELO who will also be performing a solo acoustic set.

Headlining the acoustic stage is Michael Roach the now Cheltenham resident but originally from Washington DC. An outstanding guitarist and blues historian, he also formed Euro Blues Promotions which promotes residential blues instruction events at the University of Northampton in August.

Finally, on the electric stage there are the newly reformed SmokeHouse playing their first gig. Harpman and band leader Johnny Hewitt is regarded by many as one of the UK’s top harp players and with Barney Barnett on guitar they are looking forward to introducing their new rhythm section to everyone. They will also be be backing Big George Brock and Bill Abel

Karac are a four piece Welsh bilingual country roots band from the Caernarfon area and are creating a lot of interest with their excellent sound. An American company has shown a lot of interest in their work. Pablo the Colne artist shows his musical talents with the band.

Opening the show are Wrexham band The KingBess. All in their 60s they had the chance to make it in the 60s but decided against it. They reformed for a fun gig three years ago and enjoyed themselves so much they decided to have another crack but this time with a difference. All their gig fees go towards the local hospices and to date they have raised over £10000. They once opened for The Lovin’ Spoonful and played them off the stage!

Anyone wanting to go check on www.hookerblues.co.uk then click on Goin’ Up The Country gigs.

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