Taj Mahal cancels Maryport Blues Festival

Posted on: Thursday, Jul 9, 2009

…and the whole tour as well.  Here’s the press release from the Maryport Festival.

Maryport Blues Festival Committee was devastated to receive the news that Taj Mahal has cancelled the whole of his European tour in July. The announcement was made on Taj Mahal’s website and confirmed by his management over the weekend.
The announcement on Taj Mahal’s website is reproduced below. We have no further information about the reasons for the cancellation.


It is with much sadness that I will no longer be able to attend my planned Taj Mahal Trio European tour July 13th-July 26th.
Unfortunately, I must instead attend to a private, personal matter during this time. In my 40+ years in the business, I have never had to cancel a tour so this was a very difficult decision for me to make.
I take my fans, promoters and performances very seriously, and would never cancel a tour unless it was absolutely necessary.
It truly saddens me to disappoint my fans, so The Taj Mahal Trio will be making every effort to return to your fine city.
I sincerely apologize for the short notice of this cancellation and thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.

Maryport Blues Festivals Committee is working hard to secure a headliner of equal stature to replace Taj Mahal on the Sunday evening. Please bear with us and we will make an announcement as soon as possible.



July 10th, 2009 at 09:51
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Not only is Taj not appearing, John O’leary was originally listed in three venues on the trail, now he’s not appearing either, I thinks we are rapidly heading for the non event of the year…I’m not at all impressed and will never buy a ticket so early again, if it wasn’t for John Mayall, I would cut my losses and just not bother going


Pete Evans

July 10th, 2009 at 23:52
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Saw John Mayall’s new band at The MEN the other night supporting the wonderful BB King. Alright it was their 1st gig together and they were ok but can’t see what all the fuss is about Rocky Athas… Rocky by name and Rocky by nature. In my opinion he didn’t do justice to some of the classic Mayall covers of such legends as Freddie King and Otis Rush. More Rocky Average than Rocky Athas. I’m sure in his own band he is ok but not with Mayall.. he needs a pure blues guitarist.



July 11th, 2009 at 11:02
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Hopefully they can find a really good bill-topper to replace Taj for the folk who have spent good money. Went for a day last year, and although I enjoyed the experience a few things could have been better . . . considering the beer was local, Jennings, it was pretty grim, also odd that the magnificent Jon Cleary and his band only got an hour, and the British blues/soul lass, who’s name has escaped me, got an hour and a half? Sorry, Beth Rowley. Still, the big main stage marquee was pretty good for sound . . . . should be fine for the Tull’s blues show!