News: Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2016 – 18th-20th March

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 8, 2015

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A brilliant line-up of blues musicians in the heart of the Lake District

Bowness Bay Blues has built a reputation as ‘a flagship for the very best of British blues’ (Rosy Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive and Blues in the North West). Comments from visitors in March 2015 included ‘My new favourite blues fest. Fabulous weekend. I’ve booked our accommodation for next year’ and ‘A great weekend all round’.

In 2016, the festival will again offer a wide range of top-class music, from acoustic to Chicago-style blues, from roots, soul and funk to electric blues-rock. The Friday highlight will be Trafficker, fronted by superb guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Allen.

The Saturday headliner will be Sean Webster and the Deadlines, one of the best bands on the British and European blues scene, featuring outstanding vocals from Sean Webster. And the festival will finish with virtuoso multi-instrumentalists Wille and the Bandits, listed in BBC Radio 1’s top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014.

FULL PROGRAMME

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Friday: Tommy Allen & Emil Engstrom (acoustic), Xander & The Peace Pirates, TRAFFICKER

Saturday: Blue Horizon, Christian Sharpe Trio, Dean Newton, Della Grants, Elderly Brothers, Fiona Hanlon, Graham Straughton, Paul Rose Band, Redfish, Scarlett (Keri & Jed Farish), Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling Band, South Quay, SEAN WEBSTER & THE DEADLINES

Saturday Blues Cruise: SEAN WEBSTER JON AMOR (ACOUSTIC)

Sunday: Chris James & Martin Fletcher, John Verity Band, Marauders, Tin Pan Alley, WILLE & THE BANDITS

THERE ARE TWO NEW FEATURES FOR 2016

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  • A 2-hour Twilight Blues Cruise on Windermere, featuring a unique acoustic collaboration between top blues musicians JON AMOR and SEAN WEBSTER. (Please note: There are limited tickets for this Blues Cruise and they are likely to sell out quickly.)
  • A Free Fringe Festival in Windermere, with live blues music in four venues: Grey Walls, The Lamplighter, Queens Hotel and The Elleray.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Windermere, and held the weekend before Easter, Bowness Bay Blues is a ‘feel-good event’ in more ways than one.

Every year the festival raises several thousand pounds for charity. The 2016 charitable causes will include St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston, and the Lake District Calvert Trust.

For further information, visit: http://www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/

Given the increasing popularity of this event, the organisers are advising music fans to book early. Tickets are now on sale from the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal: https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/lakes-tickets/category/bowness-bay-blues-festival

Tel: 01539 722833

They are excellent value, and there is a special Earlybird Weekend Ticket offer (available until 31 December 2015) at only £50 – the perfect Christmas present!

Blues Cruise tickets are £20 (or £17.50 if purchased at the same time as an Earlybird Weekend ticket).

After 31st December deadline, Weekend tickets will be on sale at £55, with Friday tickets at £15, Saturday tickets at £35, and Sunday tickets at £25.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT PREVIOUS BOWNESS BAY BLUES FESTIVALS:

‘I was very impressed with the venues visited and the way the programme was tailored so that most artists could be seen over the weekend.’

‘Just wanted to say what a brilliant weekend it was!!!’

‘Enjoyable festival, with a varied, well-chosen programme’ – Blues Matters Magazine

‘A thoroughly great weekend’ – North West Evening Mail

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