Gig: Bullfrog Brown in the northwest
Posted on: Saturday, Aug 15, 2009
Estonian Trio to Headline Blues Night at UK’s Only Dylanfest
Aug. 28th – Tower Blues Club, Blackpool, United Kingdom
Aug. 29th – Bob Dylan Acousticfest, Manchester, United Kingdom
Bullfrog Brown from Tartu, Estonia have been announced as Blues Night headliners at Manchester’s 3-day Bob Dylan Acousticfest, the only Dylan festival in the UK. The festival runs August 28 to 30 at the M19 Bar in Levenshulme, with the Estonian trio taking the stage on Saturday, August 29.
The night before, Bullfrog Brown are scheduled to play a Tower Blues concert at the Lawrence House Studio of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. Both gigs are part of the band’s 6-week “Moon and Central” tour, encompassing 13 shows in 3 countries. In addition to topping the bill in Manchester and at the Pärnu Blues Festival in Estonia, tour highlights include appearances at Püssi Punk, Viru Folk, and Augustibluus music festivals in Estonia and at the Floating Cockroach alt.blues Festival in Finland.
“Lyrically, in structure, it has the complexity of Dylan. Musically, Estonia meets The Delta face on,” wrote Carol Borrington in Blues Matters! of “Bullfrog Brown with Steve Lury”, the band’s previous CD that made the French Power Blues chart in June; featuring Alar Kriisa on vocals and harmonica, Andres Roots on guitar, and Peeter Piik on bass, new album “Moon and Central” is due August 3rd. Of the ten tracks on the CD, British harpist Steve Lury again appears on one while Finland’s L.R. Phoenix and Denmark’s Nikolaj Andersen each provide backup on two. Among the new songs is also the 2009 remake of “Whiskers” with rock drummer Peeter Jõgioja on percussion that was recorded in March 2009 for the band’s surprise guest appearance on the Estonian Eurovision Finals TV show and witnessed by a reported 225 000.
Five tracks off the new CD are currently available for streaming at http://www.myspace.com/bullfrogbrown . Bullfrog Brown’s Blackpool and Manchester dates are supported by the Estonian Embassy in London; in late September, the band will be returning to South of England as a quartet to promote “Bullfrog Brown with Steve Lury”.