Calling unsigned young blues performers…

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How would you like to win the chance to play on the bill of the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival?

Auditions 22nd and 23rd June, 2014

ACE Centre, Nelson, Lancs

Jessica Foxley Unsigned (formerly The Jessica Foxley Stage) was set up in 2010 in Jessica’s memory, to provide high profile performance opportunities for young musicians.

Now in its 5th year, the project forms part of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival held over the August Bank Holiday every year in Colne. It has gone from strength to strength and now attracts young musicians of a very high standard from across the UK.

Last year’s success stories include the 45’s from Carlisle, who appeared on stage with Wilko Johnson at the festival then went on to perform with him in his home town of Canvey. Manchester’s Minor Blues have just released their second single since appearing on the British Stage.

Bright Shapes, who first graced the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival with their presence on the British Stage in 2011, are currently recording their third EP. They have since become regular and popular performers at the festival’s roadhouse venues alongside Mog Stanley – from the 2012 Acoustic Stage – who is about to release his debut album.

Tom Killner, featured live on Radio Lancashire during the 2012 festival, has since become a popular act at various blues clubs and festivals. In the same year, following their British Stage performance, The Blind Dead McJones Band were nominated for a British Blues award.

See the following links for entry forms and more information.

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