More acts for Maryport 2008 1/3

Posted on: Thursday, May 1, 2008

Friday July 25th to Sunday July 27th

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Premier US blues artists Shemekia Copeland and Earl Thomas will make their debut on the Maryport main stage this year 

Maryport is delighted to announce more top class blues artists making their debut on the main marquee stage.

The extraordinary vocal talent of US blues diva, Shemekia Copeland, described by Robert Plant as the next Tina Turner, will be heard on the Friday evening . Earl Thomas (US) comes to headline the Saturday afternoon with all the right moves, an amazing blend of blues, rock, soul and funky rhythm & blues. He’s got a voice that’s been compared to Otis Redding and Al Green with plenty of musical heat. Ike Turner says, “He’s just one of the most entertaining people you’ll ever meet.” .Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (US) Jon Cleary is a triple threat—with a salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills, and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics.   He balances a career performing with his band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen and Bonnie Raitt, recording with both groups, and composing songs for various artists. Derrin Nauendorf is quickly gaining the reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting new artists. An earthy soulful voice, blistering guitar skills and a bagful of inspired material makes him a truly great package. Derrin will  perform with Jeff Lang, Australia’s best known roots and blues slide guitarist/songwriter. Jeff  has been touring Australia for 10 years and touring in America, Canada, and the UK for last 4 years. He has amazing and original chops on slide guitar, a great voice, and an explosive sense of humor. The Saturday programme will kick off with Lisa Mills, a gifted singer, guitarist and songwriter whose blues drenched and soulfully delivered original music is clearly grounded in her Mississippi roots.  Lisa is joined by UK Double Bass maestro Ian Jennings from the Big Town playboys. For the frist time, Maryport welcomes for the first time a blues rock band from Scandinavia, Little Jenny and the Blue Beans . Little Jenny is considered to be one of Sweden’s greatest blues harmonica players.

Celebrating our 10th anniversary year, Maryport is featuring the strongest programme ever on the main stage.The trail will be bigger and better than ever with two outdoor stages and over 40 bands playing over the festival weekend.

Thank you

Maryport Blues Festival Committee

Maryport Blues Festival is organised by Maryport Festivals Ltd, a not-for-profit social enterprise business, run by volunteers.
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Registered office: The Maritime Museum, 1, Shipping Brow, Maryport, Cumbria. CA15 6AB

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