News: The Drivetones to play Theatre of Blues, Shrewsbury

Posted on: Sunday, Feb 24, 2013

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Whitchurch band The Drivetones to play at the Theatre of Blues Festival 2013

Whitchurch-based band, The Drivetones, have been selected to open the Theatre of Blues Festival proceedings on Saturday, 6th April 2013, in The Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury.

Organisers hope that the band will follow in the footsteps of Shrewsbury-based, Blues Boy Dan, who went on to secure main stage slots at major blues festivals throughout the UK after his appearance at the Theatre of Blues Festival in 2012.

Said Drivetones guitarist, Dean Titchen: “Until now The Drivetones have remained relatively low-key, playing only local venues but needless to say, playing the Theatre of Blues Festival is a massive opportunity for us, and we are very keen to get our name out there and play the music we love to audiences who share our passion for the blues.

The band cover various blues styles ranging from the more traditional Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, to The Red Devils, Etta James, Charlie Musselwhite and Imelda May. The band members are Cleo Hill – vocals; Ieuan Edge – harmonica; Will Robinson – guitar; Dean Titchen – guitar/keys; Pete Attwell – bass; and Phil Griffiths – drums.

Organisers said, “We are delighted to be able to offer The Drivetones the opportunity to play to an audience of blues-lovers, drawn from all over the UK, and we hope that by yet again showcasing local talent, we will gradually raise the profile of the festival and also Shropshire, as a county that has an abundance of fantastically talented bands and musicians”.

The full line-up for Friday night at The Lion Hotel on The Lion stage features: Jenna Hooson (nominated Best Female Vocalist in the 2012 British Blues Awards), Cliff Stocker’s Legendary Slack Alice and London-based 24 Pesos.

Saturday at The Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn will open with The Drivetones, followed by Bex Marshall (just back from her USA tour), Tim Aves Wolfpack, Fuschi 4, Dani Wilde, and headlining is the USA’s very own Buddy Whittington, who has played with names such as Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, John Mayall and BB King.

For more information on the bands and ticket prices visit www.theatreofblues.com and to book tickets phone the Theatre Severn box office 01743 281281 or online from www.theatresevern.co.uk

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