Worthenbury Festival – 28 June 2008

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 24, 2008

The 4th Worthenbury Blues and Roots Festival

Worthenbury, North Wales

28 June 2008

This year will be the 4th Worthenbury Blues & Roots Festival and it will take place on June 28th and as always it will present a good mix of British and American acts.


Headlining this year are Lightnin’ Willie and The Poor Boys who will guarantee to get get even the most torpid person on their feet with their great mix of Rockabilly blues. Texan Willie Hermes will be backed by his crack UK band which includes the excellent harmonica player Giles King.


Preceding them will be a great favourite of the North Wales regulars, Bill Sheffield from Atlanta, Georgia.
A very fine guitarist indeed, Bill has played with many of the legends of the American blues, indeed, Muddy Waters was godfather to Bill’s daughter. Accompanying Bill will be his regular British partner Dave Saunders formerly of top UK band The Producers.


The North West’s top blues band The Stumble have been receiving plaudits wherever they play and will be making their Worthenbury debut and are looked forward to with great expectation.


Making up the electric stage are local Wrexham band The Blues Missiles who will have in their ranks Trafficker lead guitarist Tommy Allen who has been playing for them regularly since his return to live permanently in the area.


Tommy then headlines the acoustic stage with the North West’s top harp player Johny Hewitt from Smokehouse Blues. They made their debut to great acclaim back in March in Macclesfield and this will be an appearance that many are excited about.


Making up the acoustic stage are superb blues pianist and vocalist Sam Payne and blues/punk/thrash guitarist Dave Arcari who played at the festival two years ago. A bit of Robert Johnson meets The Sex Pistols!

The event may not be taking place at Glandeg Farm the site of the 3 previous festivals, but an alternative is lined up in case Glandeg is not available. The village is based right on the Wales/ Cheshire border set in  a beautiful rural location

There will be camping and caravan sites available as in the past but the final timings and pricing details have yet to be finalised – keep in touch with the festival website www.hookerblues.co.uk and also updates on Blues in the North West

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