Gig: Carlisle Blues Festival

Posted on: Thursday, Oct 23, 2008


21-22-23 NOVEMBER 2008

(download the flyer here)

A limited amount of tickets are still available for what will be Carlisle’s biggest ever Blues celebration bringing together a collection of over 50 of the finest musicians in their class.

Headlined by the world renowned Sherman Robertson on Saturday 22 November – a Texan tornado with energy, great guitar chops and a wonderful soulful voice. Since “breaking” over here circa 1993, Sherman Robertson has been heralded as the latest guitarist on the block – being featured in the History of The Fender Stratocaster book and film – as an up and coming star on the World Music scene, in his role as Paul Simon’s guitarist, and seen as the new Robert Cray, courtesy of a brace of albums recorded in the UK with Mike Vernon.

Other headliners include one of Britain’s most respected R&B bands Nine Below Zero (Friday 21). “NBZ are brilliant live, they work so hard, the audience often go home as exhausted as the band” so says Andrew Zweck of top promoters Harvey Goldsmith Ents. “They have carved out a very credible niche, a place they will be for a very long time to come, because, who else is this good…this often?”

Sunday (23) night sees Matt Schofield take top billing. – Guitar and Bass magazine named Matt Schofield in their TOP 10 BRITISH BLUES GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME. They said “…some of the most intense, smoking solos since Howlin’ Wolf’s Hubert Sumlin first walked into Chess studios…add a switchblade-sharp approach to playing slow blues that very few achieve, and you realise why the guy’s just so damn hot.”

And Ian Siegal, performing with his band on Saturday and solo on Sunday. It has been said that had Siegal been around in the sixties he would today be accorded the same reverence as artists such as Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

Other acts performing during the weekend include Aynsley Lister, Olly Alcock Band featuring Roz Sluman, Rab McCullough, Jon Amor, Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation, Kyla Brox, The Two Timers, Guy Tortora and Sean Webster.

After the resounding success of the inaugural event last year, the festival has now moved to a bigger venue, The Swallow Hilltop Hotel, just one mile from the city centre. The new venue will enable an increase in numbers whilst retaining the intimacy, which played a large part in making the event so special last year.


Price – Full weekend tickets £75
Friday – £25 (limited number available)

Single day tickets will be available on the door *
* (PLEASE NOTE – single day tickets will be available ONLY if the full allocation of weekend tickets is not sold in advance)

Booking forms for tickets are available from: (download)
and from the following: – on request – on request
Hilltop Hotel – tel. 01228 529255

Further information:
Telephone contact:
Nick Westgarth (organiser): T – 01228 409795   M – 07725 801582

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