Maryport Newsletter – Festival is 24 to 26th July 2009

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tickets are on sale, on line from Ticketline, from The Carnegie Theatre, Workington or our Festival Office in Maryport. For the first time the Festival Office can accept credit cards. Also, we are delighted to announce that we have been able to hold the ticket prices at last year’s level. Check the website for details of prices and outlets.

Artists confirmed for the main stage are headliners Jethro Tull, John Mayall, and Taj Mahal with supporting acts Ruby Turner and The Blues Band with Paul Jones. Over the next couple of weeks, we will announce the other main stage artists representing established and emerging acts from the UK and US. As usual the winner of the Battle of the Bands competition,  local band Nine Lives, will launch the festival on the Friday evening.

Jethro Tull & Blues …

There were a few raised eyebrows amoungst Maryport blues fans when we announced Jethro Tull as a headliner, but they have been repeatedly suggested as a band many would like to see at the festival in our “Audience Feedback Forms”. With their roots in blues & the celebrated musicianship of charismatic frontman Ian Anderson, we didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to book this legendary British rock band. This week, we asked Ian what he thought about playing Maryport and this is what he said:

“Always fun to go back to basics with the music form which shaped my teenage years and offered me a musical career. We will play some selections of blues-based material from the early days of Tull and maybe a couple of pieces from the traditional blues repertoire too. But, in keeping with the spirit of Jethro Tull, we will also throw in some more eclectic material which would have sent Muddy waters off to the beer tent…..”

Keep checking the festival website for news on the rest of the line-up.

Best wishes from Maryport Blues

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