News: Sean Webster to headline Bowness Bay Blues – 11th-13th April, 2014
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 20, 2014
One of the most eagerly anticipated acts at this year’s Bowness Bay Blues Weekend will be the Sean Webster Band, who will be topping the bill at The Wheelhouse on Saturday 12th April. Sean will also be running a singing and songwriting workshop at the festival, on Sunday 13th April. Visit www.bownessbayblues.co.uk for full details.
Sean has been living in Australia for the last year, but – to the delight of European blues fans – he’s now resident in Holland and will be touring in the UK this Spring.
Sean Webster is an inspiring guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with a great reputation on the British blues and rock scene. His band has seen members come and go since its creation back in 2003, but Sean continues to do what he does best – write and perform incredible music.
Their 2004 debut album, ‘Long Time Coming’, put The Sean Webster Band in the public eye for the first time, and was described by Blues Matters magazine as ‘A real gem’. The album showcased Sean’s fine guitar playing (influenced by Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore and Stevie Ray Vaughan among others) and his rich vocal tone with low-end rumble, reminiscent of Joe Cocker, Bryan Adams and Jonny Lang.
In 2005 the band performed all over the UK, including main stage appearances at Burnley, Maryport and the prestigious Great British R&B Festival in Colne, where organisers commented: ‘Sean is a new legend in the making. He has rich powerful vocals and searing guitar licks. Like so many, he has been working hard for years but these are Sean Webster’s years, and he is in his ascendancy.’
Sean’s second CD, entitled ‘If Only’, pushed the boundaries of blues, with Sean reaching out to a wider and (often) younger audience. The following year, Sean was heard on Paul Jones’ blues show on Radio 2, and had his music played on radio stations in Bosnia, Canada, Spain, France, Germany and the USA. ‘If Only’ came to the attention of Tony Edser, editor of Where’s Eric!, the official Eric Clapton magazine, who decided to feature Sean as ‘The One to Watch’.
Since then, Sean has toured in the USA and Europe, performed live sessions on Radio 2, appeared on Fox TV in the USA, and released two more albums (including one double album).
He’s also put together an amazing line-up: on drums Phil Wilson (The Hoax, The Davey Brothers); on second guitar Ash Wilson (The Melt); and on bass the inimitable Roger Innis (Hamilton Loomis, Joanne Shaw Taylor and The John O’Leary Band, among many others).
Sean’s fourth CD, ‘The First Ten Years’, is available via his website: www.seanwebsterband.com