Born Healer is the new band from Helen Turner (vocals), Iain Black (guitar) and Andy Jones (drums), ex of the Bare Bones Boogie Band, whose last album, ‘Tattered & Torn’, was voted one of the best of the year by ‘Classic Rock: The Blues’ magazine. Joined now by Marek Funkas on bass, the band formed in 2015 and will have their debut album released in early 2016. The music is heavy, soulful blues, with a groove, and Helen has been often and very favourably compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and Maggie Bell. The fact that Robert Plant dropped in to see her, Iain and Andy play a pub gig not that long ago speaks volumes, and makes Born Healer one to watch.
Catfish came crashing onto the blues scene at the start of 2015 with their debut album So Many Roads going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts after being taken to the hearts of the internet’s blues radio stations.
… rock steady rhythm section of Dusty Bones, Kevin Yates, add to that one of the finalists in this year’s keyboard player category of the British Blues Awards Paul Long and you’ve already got the foundation of a great band….and the icing on the cake a scorching, heartfelt, emotion drenched set from uber guitar talent, Matthew Long – this young man is going to go a long way… (Tony Corner, Radio DJ Blues Corner)
Just 9 months after their first ever gig, they received two nominations in the 2015 British Blues Awards (emerging artist and keyboards), and followed that recently with three nominations in 2016 (band of the year, young artist for Matt Long and keyboards again for Paul) after the release of their BB King tribute EP ‘When BB Sings the Blues’. This also spent two months at no 5 in the IBBA airplay chart and had excellent reviews.
Elkie Brooks will headline this years festival on Saturday night. One of the UK’s most loved singers. Elkie Brooks has been in the business for an astonishing 5 decades and is still proving to be one of the most popular live performers in the country.