Gig: Ramsbottom Blues Festival – 26 and 27 Sept 2009

Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 14, 2009

Ramsbottom Rhythm & Blues Festival 2009

The Ramsbottom Rhythm & Blues Festival, taking place on an outdoor stage at Ramsbottom Cricket Club on 26 and 27th September, has confirmed that its two headliners will be the Matt Schofield Band and an exclusive date for ten piece the Ben Waters Band.

Saturday headliner Matt Schofield has been called the new British ambassador of blues guitar and is being talked of as the finest blues-inspired guitarist to have emerged in Europe for several generations. Guitarist magazine describes Schofield’s playing as “Dynamite”, while The Los Angeles Daily News describes Schofield as “The best blues guitarist to have emerged from any country in decades.”

Fronted by Matt Schofield’s stunning blues-drenched guitar and singing, the band line-up harks back to the classic organ trios of the fifties and sixties. Multi-layered and rhythmically infectious delivery this band redefines the meaning of “power trio” and are unlike anything else out there today.

“The UK’s most exciting blues guitar player……refined, beautifully phrased melodic solos….compelling playing, immense tone.” OOR (NETHERLANDS)

Sunday’s headliner Ben Waters is one of world’s leading Boogie Woogie/Rock N Roll Piano players. For this date only he will be accompanied by his ten piece band, guaranteeing an energetic piano driven rock n roll show and a fantastic finale to the weekend.

Combining the music of his heroes (Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis Amos Milburn etc) with cutting edge original material – Ben is one of Jools Holland’s favourite musicians and has worked with countless artists such as Mick Jagger, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Davies and Shirley Bassey.

Ramsbottom Rhythm & Blues Festival is organised by registered charity Bury Metropolitan Arts Association, the independent arts organisation that runs The Met in Bury. It is recognised nationally for its quality programming of events at The Met and annual festivals, one of which is the R&B Festival.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale priced at £15 per day, £10 to Ramsbottom residents and free to children under 16 years accompanying a paying adult. Guarantee your place now by calling the ticket office on 0161 761 2216, visit The Met website  or ring Quaytickets on 0844 815 4870.

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