Festival: Maryport Blues Festival – 27th-29th July, 2012

Posted on: Monday, Apr 30, 2012

Early bird tickets now available, priced at £58 for the whole weekend and including a trail wristband, a limited amount will be available up until 1st July and can only be purchased from our new venue for 2012, The Wave Centre (01900 811450).

Friday night at The Wave includes top local blues band, The Solway Deltas, who are no strangers to Maryport, playing the trail and outdoor stages several times. Also on Friday, House of 3 Hands, a band that were spotted by Chris Moyles at last years ‘Big Weekend’ – are all local but now play mainly in the Manchester area. One of the North East’s big young talents will be on the main stage next, young Andrew Pipe will bring his band The Mentulls to play Maryports main stage for the first time. Headlining Friday is another young gun, Krissy Matthews, a regular on the UK and European blues scene these guys and not to be missed.
Saturday starts off with Albany Down. This young band will open up with a bang, there will be no easing in gently this year. One of last years favourite trail bands, Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band get their chance to play the big stage next after earning a huge following last year. The Juke Joints from Holland will be on next. This band have played at some of the other big UK blues festivals in recent years and are excited to bring their style of blues to Maryport.
Saturdays headline sees Todd Sharpville’s Blues Revue featuring Nick Moss and Debbie Davies. Todd had a taste of Maryport last year when he and his band played the main stage with his good friend, Joe Louis Walker. Todd asked if he could come back again but this time bring along a few more of his buddies. These guys often play together on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise and hope to bring the sunshine atmosphere to Maryport for one night only.
Sunday opens up with Black River Bluesman and Bad Mood Hudson bringing their unique stlyle of blues to us from their native Finland. Ben Poole, another of last years trail favourites will be on next, fresh from his third place at the prestigious European Blues Challenge, Ben is fast becoming hot property on the UK and European blues scene. Marcus Malone returns to Maryport after last playing the main stage in 2003, an old favourite that we are often asked to bring back.
Sundays main attraction will be Chris Farlowe and Cliff Bennett’s Rhythm and Blues Band. Chris has played Maryport many times and this year brings along with him (new Amen Corner) to help belt out some of those old sixties favourites like ‘Out Of Time’ and ‘Handbags And Gladrags’. A brilliant end to the festival which will have everyone singing along and looking forward to whatever 2013 will bring.
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