Blues Festival

Thank You – See You in 2017

A big thank you to everyone who came to the festival.

What a fantastic weekend of Blues By The Sea with a warm Cumbrian welcome!

If you didn’t make it in 2016 – or if you did and can’t wait until next year here are some images from the festival.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2017.

The 2016 Main Stage Line-Up


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Main Stage Line Up

live_selby-768x512 Stevie Nimmo Trio

Stevie Nimmo has been successfully recording and touring for the last two decades.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland there was always music around as Stevie grew up. Stevie never had any guitar or singing lessons but throughout the family there were plenty of people who sang or played some kind of instrument to learn from.

After a diagnosis of cancer in 2009 and subsequent surgery resulting in the loss of his voice for over 2 months, Stevie, now living in France, was forced to ease back on his touring schedule with The Nimmo Brothers spending some months in recovery following this major operation. During this period, focusing on the style of music Stevie listens to ’off the park’, he wrote the songs that now make up The Wynds of Life. For Stevie song writing isn’t something that you plan, it’s something that you need to do. As Stevie says; “When you have that something inside you, that feeling be it happy or sad, you just have to let it out. It’s an extremely emotional process and my only way to do that is through song”.

In January 2010 Stevie recorded his first solo album The Wynds of Life at The Zone recording Studios outside Austin, Texas with an A-list of Austin’s finest musicians. Michael Ramos – Keys, George Reiff – Bass, Lloyd Maines – Steel Guitars, Pat Manske – Drums, and as a special guest guitarist David Lee Holt from Storyville. George, Lloyd and Pat are also featured on the current Courtyard Hounds release.

Fleshed out with pedal steel, banjo, accordion, B3 and Wurlitzer, amongst other instruments, The Wynds of Life falls just as easily under the Americana banner with its roots, country and gospel influences as it does in Stevie’s more familiar blues setting.

‘Man that guy can sing!’ David Grissom (storyville)

‘Stevie’s voice is at times gritty, other times emotional but all times perfection!’ Maverick magazine

‘Stevie possesses a great depth to his work. He has come through with an album befitting those lending support and that pretty much says it all.’

Displaying a burning passion to get down and dirty, he becomes neck deep in the swampy Louisiana side of things when he comes up with a future blues steeped rock gem as ‘Long Road To Heaven’..
Muscle Shoals at its peak would be proud of having recorded this track!’ Flyinshoes review

Stevie’s second album was released on Manhaton Records on 4th March 2016 and has gone on to garner reviews including ‘Blues album of the Year’

In 2016 Stevie was also nominated at the British Blues Awards for ‘Best Male Vocalist’, ‘Best Guitarist’ and ‘Best Songwriter’ with The Nimmo Brothers nominated in ‘Best Blues Band’.

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Keith Blundy – BluesPR

Red Butler

With a burning desire to entertain and pursue a serious music career, at the age of 18 Alex Butler decided to form a band. The blues/rock outfit Red Butler emerged in April 2012, and the established line up consists of Alex Butler (guitar), Charlie Simpson (drums), Jane Pearce (vocals) and Mike Topp (bass).

Drawing upon influences from SRV, Etta James, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Free, King King, Santana and Derek Trucks the band have developed their own style of writing and have begun producing thoughtful, light hearted and melodic compositions.

Following the successful launch of their debut album ‘Freedom Bound’ in summer 2014 the band have been working hard on new material for a follow up album. Working with acclaimed producer Wayne Proctor, recording began in January 2016. The album will be released later in the year. 

Heightened exposure has brought many rewards and Red Butler are now receiving invitations to perform throughout the country at forthcoming festivals and high profile support slots.

In September 2015, Red Butler came runners up in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards, with Alex Butler also runner up for Young Artist. In October 2015, the band won the 2nd UK Blues Challenge, and will represent the UK at the European Blues Challenge hosted in Italy in 2016.

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Keith Blundy – BluesPR

The Mighty BossCats

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Southern Rock with a Bluesy/Country swing from the West Coast of Cumbria



RF2 Redfish

Redfish is an exciting new blues band, featuring some very talented Cumbrian and Scottish musicians who create a distinctive sound that blends blues, roots, jazz and soul.

‘If you haven’t been fortunate enough to hear and see Redfish doing their thing live, do yourself a favour … you will hear one of very grooviest, tightest and hottest bands around.’

KBP_4807 Blackballed

BLACKBALLED was formed in the summer of 2012 by brothers marshall and leon gill. after working together on songs and ideas they were soon joined by tom wibberley on bass to complete the line up.

the following months saw the band writing at every rehearsal. each song was barely finished before the next new track was on its way. so it was decided they should start taking steps to make BLACKBALLED a serious venture.

the guys started by asking friend and photographer kenny brown to take some shots. a location and image for the shoot was decided and the results were fantastic but they still had no music recorded so the next step was the studio. another friend martin schofield who owns wall of sound studio’s in oldham, manchester offered the guys some recording time.

with the band taking on all the recording duties themselves it took a fair bit of time juggling recording sessions to get things finished. and with the help of tim and nick at MODO the band have their first self titled e.p. ready for your ears.

JONANDJOEL_3gigs-1-212x300 Joel Fisk & Jon Amor

A journeyman for all seasons, Joel Fisk is regularly on the road with a variety of different acts, which showcase his unique skills as a guitarist and singer.

He first burst onto the rock and blues scene as a founder member of the award-winning band Hokie Joint. The band became crowd favourites on both the British and European tour circuit and even provided the soundtrack for the 2012 horror movie “Umbrage”, which starred Hellraiser actor Doug Bradley.

Alongside both groups, Fisk also regularly tours with Jon (The Hoax) Amor in a combo imaginatively titled Joel Fisk & Jon Amor Electro Acoustic Duo.

Joel says: “I’ve known Jon for a couple of years, with our paths crossing at various gigs on the Blues circuit, as well as seeing him many times with The Hoax.

“Having jammed with Jon and Ian Siegal at Scarborough Blues Festival earlier this year, we got talking, and decided to get together for some gigs.

“We share the same tastes in music, comedy and alcohol, so this promises to be a fantastic few days on the road.” 

Dirty-Words-Group-Shot-Live-NB-1024x683 David Migden & Twisted Roots

David Migden was raised in Little Rock Arkansas and moved to the UK as a teenager. After playing and touring around London and Europe, initially in the Lee Sankey Group with Matt Schofield and Ian Siegal, he then teamed up with ‘The Dirty Words’ and released ‘Second Hand Tattoo’ to a fantastic response from critics and fans alike.

David Migden & The Dirty Words (now the Twisted Roots) released their second album ‘Killing It’ in 2012 and received glowing reviews and radio play from across the globe.

The band’s reputation has been growing with radio play across the UK, Europe and the US. The band recently won the prestigious New Brunswick ‘Battle of the Blues’ and appeared at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Canada in September 2013. David Migden has also been nominated in the British Blues Awards for Best Singer (2013 and again in 2014), Best Original Song ‘Shel’ (2013), Best Song ‘Second Hand Tattoo’ (2015) and Best Instrumentalist (2015).
The band won Best Band and Best Newcomer in the Blues Matters writers’ poll 2013. As a result they represented the UK, coming third in the European Blues Challenge 2104 in Riga, Latvia in April 2014.

2014 brought a new name for the band ‘The Twisted Roots’ which they all think better represents the sound of their new album ‘Animal & Man’ released 21st February. The album, recorded at Rimshot studios in Kent, has the sound and songs the band have always wanted. It was partly financed by a successful Pledgemusic campaign, where fans of the band have helped to finance the album in advance.
After their storming performance in the European Blues Challenge the band signed a deal with Blues Boulevard to distribute ‘Animal & Man’ across the UK and Europe.

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Malaya Blue

Malaya Blue is undoubtedly the major breakthrough artist on the UK Blues circuit this year. She was heavily tipped to do just that following her storming sets at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Skegness in January and the confirmation is an almost unprecedented four separate nominations from The British Blues Association for their 2015 Awards in the categories of Female Vocalist, Best Album, Blues Song and the Barry Middleton Award for Emerging Artist. In addition Malaya has been named as a contender to represent the UK in the 2016 European Blues Challenge.

Debut album Bourbon Street reached No1 on the British Independent Blues Broadcasters monthly charts and the track Bitter Moon was chosen by The Blues & Soul Show as their track of 2014. The Blues Matters Writers Poll voted Malaya into second spot in their Best Newcomer section.

Recent Double A Side single ‘Hope’ and ‘Let’s Reinvent (Love)’ was recorded at The Grange Studio with Paul Long as producer and has quickly achieved lots of radio airplay including Radio 2 where Malaya fan and legendary presenter Paul Jones closed his show with it.

Although Malaya may be relatively new to the live blues circuit she has many years of recording and studio work under her belt and a truly stunning voice and collection of top class original material. Her live band is made up of Simon Dring (drums) BBA winner in 2010 and formerly with Oli Brown and Billy Walton Band, Dudley Ross on guitar is one of the British Blues scenes most respected performers with a hugely impressive CV, Stuart Uren, most famous as bassist for Stray and many others, Andy Cooper on Hammond who has performed with Todd Sharpeville, Matt Taylor and Earl Green among others and are often joined by Phil Marshall (sax) . Live shows have included guest appearances by some of the country’s most admired musicians including Dudley Ross, Will Johns, Steve Watts, John Altman and Stuart Uren.

Recent media coverage has included full interviews in Blues Matters, Classic Rock Blues, Blues In Britain, R2R magazine and Grapevine Live.

Malaya is working hard on writing the follow up album to Bourbon Street and the early indications are that this will catapult her into a much higher level of recognition with early interest already being shown from Europe and the U.S.A.

LVG_Colch©DaveArcari2 LaVendore Rogue

LaVendore Rogue (pronounced LAV, as in ‘toilet’, END, as in ‘not the beginning’, ORE, as in ‘iron’)

Nobody knows what LaVendore Rogue means, but what is clear is that LaVendore Rogue is one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the UK Roots scene for many years.

The band consists of three ex-Hokie Joint members; JoJo Burgess on vocals, three-time British Blues Award nominee, Hofner Guitars and Rotosound Strings endorsee Joel Fisk and British Blues Award winning drummer Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore, as well as Rob “Tank” Barry on bass and Warren Lynn on keyboards.

Having recently released their debut album, “Light Up With LaVendore Rogue’, they have already been causing quite a stir with international sales and airplay. From their initial inception, this brand new quintet of experienced, road-hardened musicians are ready to hit you with their fiery blend of in-your-face, bourbon-soaked, cross-genre Roots and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

LaVendore Rogue’s principle songwriters, JoJo Burgess and Joel Fisk, first met in 2003 on the day they both left home to start new lives in Britain’s oldest town; Colchester.

On the day they both moved into a moldy house share, it is unlikely that they would have expected, 10 years on, to have both quit the music degrees that brought them together to pursue a shared musical ideology and vision. A journey which has seen them hone their craft in several unfit-for-human-consumption house shares, write and record three and a half albums together and tour throughout mainland Europe.

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