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 Trail Line-Up


The list of acts and appearance schedule for the 2016 festival, can be downloaded here:

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Alec Martin

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Ben Buddy Slack

Best known as acting frontman of The Blind Dead McJones Band, Ben Buddy Slack released his first solo album “Miserabelia” in early 2016. Dark and beautiful subjects sung about in their purest form. Twitter @Benbuddyslack

See The Blind Dead McJones Band

Dean Newton

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 11.38.40Dean first picked up the guitar aged 11 and he’s never looked back! He played his first professional gig at the age of 12, and he has gigged professionally ever since.

Having gained a music degree at the London College of Music, he moved back to Maryport and formed a blues/rock/jazz band called Secure Unit. He is also a member of the West Coast Jazz trio and rock band AWOL, as well as frequently playing in pit bands for musicals. He is hugely talented and extremely versatile – in demand both as a session musician and a guitar teacher.

At this year’s Bowness Bay Blues festival, Dean will be playing an acoustic set, combining his rock, blues and jazz influences and demonstrating his flair as a vocalist as well as a guitarist.  

Howlin Mat


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Keith Thompson

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Auld Mans Baccie

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Ash Wilson Band

9a3da1_bcc02799be7c42068d8af3ea01d64537Growing up in the sleepy county of Lincolnshire music was one thing that held my attention. After experimenting with piano and drums I eventually found myself strapped onto an electric guitar. Drawn to the Blues music my parents introduced me to, (by artists such as Muddy Waters, Son House and Albert King), I realised that the music I wanted to play was that of substance and meaning. I wanted to be involved in creating a sound that transcended the narrow and manufactured music I had previously been exposed to. Upon leaving the Sam Newsom Music College I realised that in order to do this the focus needed on the song rather than trying to cram in flashy guitar solos.

2016 sees the Spring release of Ash’s debut album featuring Phil Wilson on drums (Jesse Davey, Laurence Jones), Roger Inniss on Bass (Laurence Jones) and Bob Fridzema on Keys (KING KING) as well as special guest Jesse Davey on the song “The Hitcher”. Ash will be touring the album later in the year as the Ash Wilson Band.

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The Blind Dead McJones Band


The Blind Dead McJones Band were brought together in 2008 by Blues Legend Blind Dead McJones. He educated them in his ways of Blues and life only to then leave then repeatedly stranded at showtime. The boys became proficient at putting on a show in their leaders absence and now many years down the line The Blind Dead McJones Band have established themselves without their frontman. Taking the blues lessons and history learnt from McJones and infusing it with their youthful energy and enthusiasm they have created a sound wholly their own as well as becoming a unique and exciting live act. Their two studio albums “Last Resort Mexico” (2012) and “Everybody’s Making Lemonade” (2015) received high praise from around the world and they were finalists in the original song catergory of the 2013 British Blues Awards. Every show is exciting and rumors still circulate that McJones will appear with them again soon. 

Twitter @Blinddeadmcjone

Born Healer
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Broken Levee

11193280_10153410029592122_9009027302131697650_nBroken Levee are quickly evolving into a stylish and charismatic blues trio. They continue to entice audiences across the North East with their vibrant and energetic performances that include both, inspiring and creative original compositions and covers of classic blues repertoire.

Their sound echoes the great American and British blues acts but also delivers a unique and rich new take on the genre. The band are constantly drawing influence from an eclectic range of artists from jazz, funk, soul, rock and indeed the blues!


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David Bass & The Revolving Door Band


Slide guitar fuelled,funky bass powered ,insane drum propelled rhythm and blues rock band.

David Bass put “The Revolving Door Band” together from the ashes of “The Yahs” as an outfit that could stretch ,bend and distort any song to however they feel on any occasion ,he uses a pool of some of the the best musicians in south west Scotland that can jam to their hearts content ensuring that no gig is ever the same.

Goofa Dust

12096106_487163401466723_2899606913601244331_nGoofa Dust are a new powerful rhythm blues roots band. Blending a mix of British pub blues/rock, Wilco, Dr Feelgood and American Blues, The Red Devils, Fabulous Thunderbirds. From Ipswich they feature some of the finest blues musicians in the UK.

Goofa Dust are:
On vox/harmonica, 5 time British Blues Award nominated harmonica player Giles King.
On guitar is Simon ‘Zippy’ Nicholson, from The Groove Doctors/Shaboogamoo Shufflers.
On Bass we have the SKA tinged blues of Darren Eldon.
And On Drums the one and only Ben Diffley.

So hunker down folks – Goofa Dust are blowin’ into town!!

Husky Tones

Picture: Marcus Way

Bristol-based blues band Husky Tones are a band keen to find their own way in the rich and varied blues world having been described as ‘exciting’ ‘inventive’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’. Fronted by singer drummer Victoria Bourne their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Time for a Change’ covers a variety of themes from the highly personal (failed marriage, criminal ancestry) to the universal (struggling to pay bills, fighting against bad luck). Husky Tones have been thrilling audiences throughout the UK with their own brand of ‘sizzling, modern blues’ and have been described as a band ‘seriously on the up’.




Keith Thompson Band

Pointing1Keith Thompson, solo and with his band have been consistently performing in mainland Europe now for 20+ years, where they are well known to the large blues following as an exciting live band. This year Keith completed his 8th Blues/Rock album, “Catch the Fire” which features as guests, Buddy Whittington (John Mayall etc.) and rising star, Laurence Jones. Keith and the band have subsequently toured again in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, USA & UK. They also appeared at several major festivals in Croatia including Baska International Guitar Festival, Umag and Kastav Blues Festivals. Also at Slovenia at the prestigious “Postonja Blues Festival” with “Ten Years After” and “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes”, Suwalki and Krosno Festivals in Poland alongside, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Clarksdale Blues Festival, USA, Colne R&B festival in Lancashire, Swanage, Banbury Upton and Gloucester Blues Festivals in the UK. Keith has added his skills on stage or in recordings to projects by Spooky Tooth, Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton, Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner) Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, Robbie Blunt, (Robert Plant) Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Gino Washington, and many others.

Maharaja Blues Band

12110028_10153614387383396_2782512430786281967_oMaharaja Blues is the culmination of the flow of three talented rivers, Richard, Jonathan and Satinder as they merge with the great Mississippi, fusing the sound of the beating tabla with the euphoric slide blues and the fire of the harmonica. During 2011 the duo started to perform more frequently together and their sound was greatly received. They released an EP. This EP commemorates and celebrates the distinctive sound produced by the combination of the duo’s rhythm and harmony, as well as the good times had during this period. In 2014 Jonathan became the third tributary to flow into the blues water of this musical river.

The Misfitz

The Misfitz pic“ The Misfitz are an 8 piece Rhythm and Blues band with 3 piece brass section and Hammond Organ.

Influenced by  Jools Holland, soul and blues artists past and present, The Blues Brothers and The Commitments, with a few well known Ska tracks thrown in along the way “


Night Train

b5ad6c1955a9de8ccfc2ab2f03a81416Night Train have been doing the business on the local and national blues/rock scene for getting on for 25 years.

Now slimmed down to a four  piece, and with stunning new guitarist WALLY RUMSEY, bassist HADGE WELLER, vocalist ALEC MARTIN and phenomenal drummer ROB PUSEY, Night Train are back….although they never really went away!

Secure Unit

SU1Secure Unit are not your average blues/rock outfit. They are a vastly experienced power trio who can take you on a musical journey through blues, jazz, rock, fusion and country, all in one song!

Dean Newton (lead guitarist/vocalist) has been a regular on the local gig circuit since the age of 12 with rock band AWOL. He studied at the London College of Music, where he was taught by some of Britain’s top guitarists. His playing style is enormously versatile and his musical influences include Guthrie Govan, Francis Dunnery, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery.

Drummer Frank Hall needs no introduction. A Cumbrian legend, Frank is best known as former drummer with the band Necromandus, who were rated by some of rock’s aristocracy in their 1970s heyday. The band played with Black Sabbath and were taken under the wing of the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi. Frank also played with Ozzy Osbourne in his band, Blizzard of Ozz.

On bass is Gordon Colquitt, who has over 40 years’ experience playing in West Cumbrian bands. 

And on keyboards Secure Unit have another musical legend – composer, pianist and percussionist John Marcangelo, who collaborated with Mik Kaminski in the 1970s in Violinski. John is probably best known as the composer of the Violinski hit ‘Clog Dance’, which reached the charts in 1979. The song has since been used on the soundtrack for the hugely successful film ‘Brassed Off’.

The Steve Fulsham Band
Steve Fulsham Band live at Stormin the Castle 2013

Steve Fulsham Band live at Stormin the Castle 2013

The Steve Fulsham Band play classic rock and blues like we mean it, which is easy because we do! Based in the City of Culture 2017 , we play a wide range of blues-rock styles: from 60’s British, through swaggerin’ Texan, all the way to all-guns-blazing 70’s stadium rock, while covering, as The Reverend Billy Gibbons put it: “all points in between…” Amongst the classics are our own numbers, five of which feature on our CD‘On Fire’ ; all composed by Steve.

The Will Tang Trio


Are a contemporary blues band known for fusing elements of blues, rock, psychedelic rock, funk and jazz. Fresh, on the edge, heavy on improvisation, but you’ll still hear the influences of greats such as Led Zep, Cream, Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Howlin’ Wolf.

  • Will Tang (guitar, harmonica, vocals)
  • Mike Collinge (Bass)
  • Rick Lacey (Drums)

Will Tang – Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica and drums) from Manchester, has been likened to artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Ryan Adams and Jack White. The truth is that Will’s music is just a contemporary reflection of his eclectic influences from masters such as Muddy Waters, Hendrix and Dylan among many others. Drawing from his roots music foundations, Will focuses strongly on sound, silence, dynamics, expression and improvisation. Will has enjoyed a diverse international career as a musician, performing and recording in the UK, Europe and across Asia. With seven album releases of his own, Will has also worked with celebrities such as Jackie Chan, Simon Le Bon, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Votel and has performed alongside contemporary blues players like Connie Lush, Alvin Youngblood, Hart and Ian Siegal.

“A definite asset to the future of the blues” – Blues Matters.




The Wily Bo Walker Band

2383255Wily Bo Walker is a Songwriter, Storyteller and  Performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering ‘live’ performances

Renowned as being a diverse and prolific artist and hailing originally from Glasgow, Scotland, London based Wily Bo works across many styles and genres

In 2016, having released the twin album compilation ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Volumes I & II’, Wily Bo Walker will be working on a new trilogy of albums

based upon stories, tales and drunken fables taken from his one-man blues, swamp’n’stomp show ‘Welcome to VoodooVille’  and taking those songs  on tour with ‘The Wily Bo Walker Band’

The band includes E D Brayshaw on guitars & backing vocals, Clarky on electric bass & bull fiddle and Ant on drums & percussion

Equally at home playing a full-on electric set or a stripped down acoustic set at festivals, in concert-halls, clubs, pubs and down to the humble house-party,

‘The Wily Bo Walker Band’ play their blues, rock, americana & swamp-fuelled music from the heart…




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