News from Maryport Festival
Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2009
The Maryport full line up has been announced. Please see the press release as pasted below.
MARYPORT FULL LINE-UP
We are delighted to announce the full festival line-up. As usual we have tried to include all blues genres performed by established artists we all know and love plus the new and up and coming. We hope you like it –please give us your feedback.
On the Main Stage
Now in it’s 11th year, the Maryport Blues Festival will be co-headlined by three legendary artists: John Mayall, the godfather of British blues; Taj Mahal, one of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues and Jethro Tull, one of the most successful & innovative British rock bands in the last 40 years. Other artists include The Blues Band featuring Paul Jones, celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2009 and one of Britain’s finest practitioners of the blues. Maryport is also thrilled to welcome soul singer and R&B diva Ruby Turner back after her triumphant appearance with Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in 2008. Ryan Shaw is a 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Georgia USA who was nominated in 2008 for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “I Am Your Man”. Ryan will bring together his unique combination of Southern warmth and New York vitality, performing both classic and new songs on the Sunday afternoon. Highly acclaimed blues guitarist, Rab McCulloch from Northern Ireland is making a rare appearance at a mainland festival. One of Britain’s hottest blues performers, Alan Nimmo is back on stage with an exciting new project, King King and he’s bringing some of the UK’s finest players with him. From Indianapolis, USA, the WT Feaster band, an electrifying and eclectic three-piece is making a welcome return. The powerful blues-rock vocals of Deborah Bonham will be heard at Maryport for the first time. Up-and-coming young blues band Laura and the Tears, featuring Laura’s sultry vocals and some extremely catchy songs that are already on the Radio 2 playlist will perform on the Friday. Another young blues singer, Dani Wilde, who is described repeatedly as a brilliant raw talent will kick off the Saturday night. A group of the UK’s best blues artists, who have been regular visitors to Maryport over the years, will perform together under “Friends of Maryport” and these include Sean Webster and Jon Amor with others to be confirmed. Local band, Nine Lives, winner of the annual Battle of the Bands competition will open the festival on the Friday evening.
On the outdoor stage and in pubs & clubs around town
Awol, Blueshouse, Broken English, Buzzard, Cats, Debbie Giles Band, Doctor brown and the Groove Cats, Feed Me, Gentleman Tim and the Contenders, Graham Robinson, Hokie Joint, Jay Tamkin band, Jon Amor Band, Mat Partner, Mingos Locker, Naturalz, No Mean Feat, Rosyblue, Route 666, Roy Mette Band, South Quay, Timo Gross.