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Here are the Artists that were booked to appear at the March 2018 Swanage Blues Festival




Andy Twyman - the one man blues & comedy band, Anita Jardine, Back Porch, Backwater Roll Blues Band, Blue Touch, Buskers, Catfish, Chicago 9, Dawg n Bonez and Guests, Fabulous Duck Bros, Fabulous Fezheads, Great West Groove, Hugh Budden, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, John McClean & the Clan, LedFree, Lewis Cohen, Little Steam, Mack featuring Tommy Hare, Northsyde, Open Mic Sessions hosted by Anita Jardine, Pete Christie, Pete Harris and..., Ray Drury, Red River Hogs, Riverside Blues Band, Robert Hokum, Robin Bibi Band, Stan's Blues Jamboree, Steamer, Steve Darrington, Teed Up, The Baroness and The Bear, The Jawbreakers, The Milk Men, The Mustangs, The RedCrow, Tiny Tina Band, Tommy Allen and..., Voodoo Sheiks, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion,

Andy Twyman - the one man blues & comedy band

Dates Playing: Sat 3pm & Sun 3pm - The Grand Hotel


An accomplished musician, playing harmonica, guitar & drums simultaneously offset by a surreal sense of humour. One promoter described him as, ‘the missing link between John Lee Hooker and Monty Python!’ 

"A real entertainer, a provider of a refreshing blast of new Blues" - Blues Matters

When Andy released the first ever naked Christmas music video it hit the national headlines, leading The Mirror newspaper to ask "Is this the best Christmas music video ever?" With the topics of his songs ranging from chickens to Luxembourg via Pot Noodle, 25 year old Andy Twyman blends blues with humour and rock and roll to titillate your ears, mind and toes. This Summer Andy is playing at Glastonbury and Beautiful Days Festival. Having performed on BBC Three and Channel 4, Andy's reputation is growing as a highly original and entertaining act.

"His guitar sounds either stoic like John Lee Hooker or grooves like Bo Diddley" Wasser-Prawda (Germany)

"The Master of The One Man Band" Blues In Britain Magazine

"The audience were enthralled and entertained" The Hastings Flyer

"A real entertainer, a provider of a refreshing blast of new Blues" Blues Matters Magazine

Photo by John Bull 

Anita Jardine

Dates Playing: Fri 2pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm Red Lion Open Mic


“Sassy, cool and fun, with gypsy beats, blues notes and irresistibly risqué lyrics.” 

Anita hosts the Open Mic sessions at the Red Lion all weekend, warming up the crowds with some of her original blues, ably assisted this year by Riccardo Binatte, guitarist with Superba, all the way from Italy.

A CLASSICALLY trained pianist and veteran songwriter, Anita took to the guitar like a duck to water in recent years and has rocked the not so free world ever since. Her worldwide appearances have led to musical connections being forged at large in USA, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Bali and… Swanage.

"Absolutely unique, she has presence and charisma. Great vocals, original song writing and inimitable style." Stuart Carter-Smith, Gypsy Fire

 "Very funny and sharp observations on life" Kevin Hewick, The Musician

Back Porch

Dates Playing: Fri 4.30pm The Legion, Sat 9pm Swanage Bay View


 With their foot-stomping, danceable rhythms and a lot of laughter, Back Porch will make you laugh, cry and tap your feet! A definite feel-good experience captures what it says on the tin – four mates, sitting on a back porch, playing some blues.

Back Porch’s unique variety of foot-stomping acoustic blues has seen them build a strong following in the East Anglian live music scene and elsewhere across the UK and beyond.

The unusual line-up of Mike Rushmore on vocals, washboard and bass drum, Jon Miller on lead and slide guitars and Steve Graham on harps was augmented in 2015 by renowned blues guitarist Toni Vines.

They’ll often make you laugh, sometimes make you cry, but you’ll always leave a Back Porch performance a little happier than when you arrived!

The band has shared the bill with Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, The Hamsters, King King, Eddie & the Hot Rods, Jo Harman, Oli Brown and Mike Sanchez amongst others and has graced clubs and festivals in the UK, Germany, Belgium and France.

Their music has regularly featured on blues radio programmes including BBC local radio, Saint FM, Trentsound, Gateway 97.8, KCOR Kansas City, Felixstowe FM, Ipswich ICR and Dainem Radio (Germany).

“Thoroughly entertaining”Bluesmatters

“A breath of fresh air”Evening Star, Ipswich

“The Suffolk music scene has been crying out for a group like Back Porch for as long as I can remember”Stephen Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk



Backwater Roll Blues Band

Dates Playing: Sat 9pm The Ship


BACKWATER ROLL are a powerful high energy harmonica driven 6 piece blues band based in Southampton, Collectively as BACKWATER ROLL,


The new live album “ Backwater Roll – LIVE at the Platform” has had a huge amount of radio play since the release in November 2014 including numerous plays on BBC Radio Solent & BBC SOUTH and surrounding areas, the album had been in the IBBA’s Top 25 for 3 months running with a best spot of number 5 in its first month of release. AND a Rolling 6 month position of 31.

The band put on a private SELL OUT fundraising gig last year for a little girl with Spina Bifida and raised over £7,500.

Barry Pethers has been with us on Bass Duties for 2 years now and is very well known on the UK & European Blues scene for his work mainly with young star Ben Poole

The new Live album features our very special guest Jon Amor from The Hoax recorded in July 2016

Backwater Roll are currently working on their 1st Studio Album and it is due for release towards the end of this year

"THESE GUYS ARE GREAT" - Paul Size ( The Red Devils )

"BY FAR THE BEST BLUES OUTFIT IN THE SOUTH , A MUST SEE ACT" - Adam Blackmore - BBC SOUTH and surrounding areas

"IF YOU TRULY LOVE MUSIC, MISS THEM AT YOUR PERIL" - Robin Bhairam ( The Tuesday Night Music Club London )


Good work chaps

The Band are as follows…

Miff Smith – Harmonica & Vocals

Deano Matthias – Guitar

Louis Matthias – Guitar

Barry Pethers – Bass

Stevie Watts- Keys

Alan Taylor – Drums

Blue Touch

Dates Playing: Fri 9pm Herston C&C Club, Sat 8pm East Bar


 BLUE TOUCH are delighted to be invited once again to the Swanage Blues Festival, and look forward  to meeting friends both old and new

Blues with an edge... Guitars bass and drums, plus the captivating Andrea Maria on vocal duties, who  has been described in BluesMatters! magazine as “making Madonna look like a virgin”. Andrea has been singing and performing for many years and her stunning stage presence never fails to impress.

On drums, the rock powerhouse that is Hugh Lawrenson ... In the past Hugh has toured extensively throughout Europe, South Africa and the Middle East, and always enjoys our trips to Swanage.

Alan Cleaves has been playing guitar for longer than he cares to remember - and also sings a bit. Despite being rarely spotted without a Les Paul, Alan has far too many guitars!

Also on guitar and vocals, Neil Sadler has had a long career as both a professional musician and the proprietor of a recording studio. Neil somehow makes the astonishing seem easy...

Merv Griffin on bass is a founder member of the band who often seems to have lurid coloured strings on his guitar but still seems to make the right sort of noise!

The band plays at many clubs, festivals and other events with a range of blues and rock providing different interpretations to suit, but it’s always a dynamic stage show.

2016 sees the release of their latest CD, which for the first time consists entirely of Blue Touch originals, all with the unmistakable Blue Touch....touch. We hope to see you over the weekend, please come and say hello!


Dates Playing: Various

Busking is outside the organisation of the blues festival. The sheer number of buskers and the audience they attract is a cause for concern at Swanage Railway Station, and I've heard that they are reviewing the situation. Although Busking is not within my remit as organiser, I do urge Buskers to be careful where they play, and certainly please do not in any way interfere with the smooth running of local businesses. There is a wealth of information about busking in Dorset on the county council's website.


Dates Playing: Sat 3.45pm The Ship, Sun 1pm East Bar


British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 22 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.

They received two nominations in the British Blues Awards 2015, taking third in Emerging Artist, and followed this with three in 2016, taking first in keyboards and third in Young Artist.

The band crashed onto the blues scene in January 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’, charted at no 5 in February 2016         

In January 2017 they released their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material.  Broken Man also reached no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in March 2017.  This is blues with a very broad brush - from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads.  Reviews include this one from Blues in Britain Magazine:

'Catfish's new Broken Man a turning point for the band showing that not only is Catfish one of the best live bands on the blues circuit at the moment, but that the calibre of their songwriting matches that.' Blues in Britain, December 2016

'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine August 2017

Facebook: thecatfishbluesband

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Chicago 9

Dates Playing: Sat 3pm Anchor


 Good time Rhythm & Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Soulful Country from the Itchen Delta. Killer guitar licks, screaming harmonica, savage vocals and a thumping back beat with more punch than an Ali left hook!



Dawg n Bonez and Guests

Dates Playing: Fri 9pm The Ship, Sat 9pm White Swan


Steve Lambsden singer/guitarist with The Blues Issue, Dusty Bones bass Dr Bob harp and vocals, Lionel guitar and vocals and Kev Robey drums are excited at being included in the line-up for Swanage Blues Festival again.

Steve Lambsden singer/guitarist with THE BLUES ISSUE & Dusty Bones Bass guitarist with CATFISH, first thought up this project in 2015. By chance Dusty knew Doctor Bob Q, Harp player & drummer with a vocal tone that exploded behind Steve’s warm lead vocal style.  That’s the moment Dawg Q Bones was born.

We started life as a 3 piece band collecting a whole bag of songs we’d always wanted to play, from way back in the belly of the blues though to the British influences of the 60’s & 70’s and right up to the present day with 6 self-penned songs already pot.

Why not take a listen to Hey Babe on YouTube search; Hey babe by Dawg Q Bones

During evening we will be inviting a number of very talented guest Musicians up to join us on stage. Guaranteed the one not to be missed.

Fabulous Duck Bros

Dates Playing: Sat 2.30pm IoP Golf Club


The Fabulous Duck Bros are a collection of professional and experienced musicians that wish to pay tribute to their love and appreciation of the solo career of Eric Clapton. Fronted by long term Clapton fan Phil Astles, the band concentrate on the songs produced by Eric throughout his long career including his hits from the 80’s, 90’s and modern era. These include the great songs of 24 Nights, The Blues Era and also his time with Derek and the Dominoes and the Cream. With a set list that includes such classics as Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Forever Man, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally, Badge, I Shot the Sheriff, Change the World and Bell Bottom Blues, The Fabulous Duck Bros are not to be missed. 

Fabulous Fezheads

Dates Playing: Sat 2pm Herston C&C, Sat 9pm Red Lion


Under the watchful eye of Father Ken, the Fabulous Fezheads blend a mixture of Dance, Danger and Music that will Astound, Astonish and Amuse.

They've appeared at both Swanage Blues festivals every year since 2007 and will be rocking the Red Lion Saturday evening.

Other notable appearances include 23 consecutive years at the Rochester Sweeps Festival, Glastonbury twice including 3 stage shows, 14 years at the Wimborne Folk Festival, The Festival of Horror San Sabstian, Spain, 10 consecutive years at Guilfest, over 40 appearances at Saracens Rugby Club, Vicarage Road and twice at Twickenham Stadium. There are too many more to list here.

Their new album "Busking in Benghazi" is out now.

Great West Groove

Dates Playing: Thurs 8.30 & Fri 2.00 The Legion; Sat 4.30 & 8pm and Sun 9.40pm The Grand Hotel


Robert Hokum (guitar/vocals), David Stone (guitar / vocals), Steve King (bass), and Paul White (drums, vocals) between them have gigged or recorded with some of the biggest names in Rock Music, but let’s not get into namedropping…..

They perform in two formats, with acoustic instruments, basic percussion and a Mississippi Stomp Box where ‘minimalism’ is the word, and electric which aims straight for the feet.

Great West Groove song rules: 1) Does it groove? 2) Has it got good musical content? 3) is it fun to play? 

"Tasty, Witty & Tuneful" - Blues Matters magazine.


Hugh Budden

Dates Playing: Thu 8.30pm The Legion, Fri 2pm The Legion, Fri 8.30pm with Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at Grand Hotel, Sun 2pm Grand Hotel and (electric) Sun 9.40pm with Festival Finale at Grand Hotel. Fri night, Sat afternoon and all day Sunday Host at Grand Hotel


Singer/harmonica player Hugh Budden is Master of Ceremonies/Artist in Residence/ Floor Manager at the Grand Hotel and will be sitting in too. Hugh started playing blues harmonica relatively late in life compared to the vast majority, having been inspired by seeing “9 Below Zero” at Reading Rock festival. Before long he was playing with the newly formed band “The Producers” who went on to become British Blues Band of the year many times. These days he performs with some of the most respected musicians in the South playing across the spectrum of blues styles, not forgetting Rock 'n' Roll, Jazz, Country and Indie music. This is hardly surprising as he cites Kim Wilson, Howard Levy and the late Norton Buffalo as his Harmonica Heroes. Hugh has performed with or supported many legends of the Blues and Rock scene in many European countries as well as New Zealand, The Middle East and the Caribbean - which may explain his taste for loud shirts and shoes!







Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band

Dates Playing: Sat 12.30pm Swanage Bay View, Sun 12.30pm The Legion


Jam Sessions will  be hosted by the Robin Bibi Band at Bar One on Saturday afternoon and The Legion on Sunday afternoon for the October Festivals. Check in with Robin at the Jam Sessions, drummers bring own sticks.

John McClean & the Clan

Dates Playing: Sat 3pm White Swan


JOHN was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He formed his first band in 1976 and has worked on many musical projects since, eventually travelling to the UK with the "Early Days Blues Band" in 1998.

Based in South London and performing around the UK, "John McClean and The Clan" are:

John on vocals and acoustic guitar, son Ben on drums, his wife Jennie on backing vocals and percussion, and Alastair Murray on lead guitar. On the bass and well known to Swanage Blues aficionados is Martin Froud. 

"John is a highly acclaimed singer and guitarist who sings from the heart and has an extraordinary hold on an audience. His warmth and conviction exude from the stage whenever he plays". (Goose is Out)

"The magical blend of mighty vocals, solid grooves and lively energy, will raise the hair on the back of your neck"

So bring your dancin' shoes... you will want to move. 


Dates Playing: Sun 9pm The Ship


 High powered rock and blues. Classic 4 piece line-up of the two mighty bands whose music they respectfully and excitedly replay.

LEDFREE are proud to have performed at the Swanage Blues Festival six times, since they burst onto the scene in August 2013. If you haven't seen them yet, close your eyes and fly over to New York's Madison Square Garden - 1973, and sail to 1970's Isle of Wight Festival where Led Zeppelin and Free are slaying massive audiences with their intoxicating high powered rock and blues.

All Right Now, Whole Lotta Love, My Brother Jake, Kashmir, Wishing Well, Stairway to Heaven....are just a few of the gems LedFree serve to perfection with the same, classic, 4 piece lineup of the two mighty bands they respectfully and excitedly replay before their fans. LedFree look forward to seeing you there.

photo by Paul Dubbelman

Lewis Cohen

Dates Playing: Fri 6pm & 8.15pm Sea Breeze, Sat 6pm & 8.15pm Tawny’s


 Country blues and acoustic roots from gutsy Mississippi Hill Country blues to guitar arrangements of Appalachian fiddle tunes - fingerpicking, flat picking and bottleneck plus amazing vocals. As a special treat for March ‘18, Lewis will be accompanied by award winning Dobro ace Bruno Pichler.

Lewis has a become a firm favourite amongst lovers of country blues and acoustic roots music. A consummate interpreter, Lewis uses his hugely versatile vocal skills and deft guitar work (incorporating fingerpicking, flatpicking and bottleneck) to bring his own style to classic songs by the likes of Charley Patton and Muddy Waters, whilst also delivering surprising adaptations of songs originally from outside the blues and roots canon.

'A fine blues guitarist' - Robin Denslow, The Guardian

'Lewis really understands the music that he plays' - Michael Messer

Little Steam

Dates Playing: Sat 1pm & Sun 2pm The Grand Hotel


The duo of Paul Stewart (vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin) and Tim Stafell (vocals, guitar) have an illustrious musical heritage between them. Paul was a member of legendary ‘The Others’ who followed The Yardbirds as house band at the legendary Crawdaddy Club. Tim was a member of ‘Smile’ who had some chap called Brian May on guitar.  

Mack featuring Tommy Hare

Dates Playing: Sun 8.00pm The Grand Hotel


Southern fried, sweat sodden, soul rock is MACK’s stock in trade, featuring Tommy Hare. Formed in 2013 the band melds the sounds of the deep south of the USA with a distinctive South London cock of the hat. MACK deliver down and dirty riffs, quicksilver slide guitar, four part vocal harmonies and hot, sticky rhythms. Guaranteed to get your fists pumping and your feet jumping. 


Dates Playing: Sun 6pm White Horse


 Funky Rocking Blues, guitar, bass, drums, vocals (and what vocals!) by Lorna Fothergill.

Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album "Still" was released in 2006 to fine reviews, and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, and growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues - their follow up album "Mercy's Medicine" was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim.

The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis". Playing guitar for the band is her husband, Jules Fothergill. The Fothergills first met as band members of the erstwhile UK blues scene mainstay, Roadhouse, but soon decided to branch out on their own. Jules called on old friends Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle to join on Bass and Drums respectively, as they had played together in several London based bands and forged a strong relationship already. Ian's unusual style (he's left handed, and strings the bass upside-down) and Hayden's forceful grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit.

With each member of the band having unique and diverse influences, their style is eclectic, but identifiable. A heady mix of soulful Blues, shaking Funk, and Zep-style riffing, it has been best described as what you'd get from "Stanley Clarke strapped to the front of a Intercity 125 with Janis Joplin driving." - while not fitting into an easily defined pigeon-hole, sampling their music live is usually the best introduction.

Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals to playing smaller support slots: from Guilfest to Maryport Blues Festival, London's Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival, Supporting Joe Bonamassa to playing many festivals in Europe.

Open Mic Sessions hosted by Anita Jardine

Dates Playing: 2pm Fri, 2pm Sat, 1pm Sun Red Lion


The Open Mic Stage at The Red Lion welcomes live performances from all genres and is a great place for the less confident to try out their songs alongside professional artists, with a supportive host and audience. Respecting that this is a live festival, we don’t accommodate backing tracks and, as we are predominantly an outdoor event (weather permitting!) the management of the Red Lion, in consideration of their neighbours, don’t allow drums/percussion and require bass to be kept to a reasonable level. Other than that, anything goes, come and enjoy some irreverent humour, original songs and of course, some homespun blues of the finest calibre!

Slots are not booked in advance. Book in with the host, Anita Jardine, on the day. Turn up early if you can to avoid disappointment. 1.30pm on Saturday might still be OK.

Pete Christie

Dates Playing: Fri 6pm & 8.15pm Tawny’s


"Having been thrown out of music lessons at the tender age of 15 for daring to suggest that Blues was a relevant form of “Folk” music, and then being told by the music teacher that I would never be a musician, I decided that I would spend my life proving that he was wrong – on both counts.

"The Blues was the “Turning Point” (thanks John Mayall), and foundation stone of everything else I have written, or performed since then. For me, if the song has no meaning, relevance, or message, then it is basically just a tune with words. If you like, “Pop” – and I don’t do Pop. Never have….

"I am non-commercial, genre unspecific, and inclined to wander off down the fretboard just to see where it takes me. I make no apologies for my habit of crossing barriers and kicking down the flimsy walls of comparison and style constraints, in fact, I take it as a challenge!

"Come to a gig and see what you think. You may be surprised by what I play, I know I will. I leave it to the feel of the occasion and the mood of the audience to guide my fingers…"

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Pete Harris and...

Dates Playing: Thu 9pm Red Lion with Ray Drury, Sat 12.30pm East Bar with The Pete Harris Blues Band including Jon Vaughan and Ray Drury, Sun 8.30pm Red Lion with Jon Vaughan


Pete Harris & Jon Vaughan, guitar and harmonica, play acoustic goodtime Blues and Ragtime with a hint of Gospel and Americana. Pete & Ray play Blues, Soul & Rock'n'Roll. Plus enjoy an irresistible helping of Chicago-style Blues on Saturday afternoon at the East Bar with the Pete Harris Blues Band including Jon on harmonica and Ray Drury on keyboards,

“Pete Harris is a baaad man!” (Mojo Buford)

Enjoy an irresistible blend of Chicago-style Blues and Rock'n'Roll with singer/guitarist Pete Harris, piano maestro Ray Drury, Blues harp ace Jon Vaughan, and Pete's regular solid and swinging rhythm section: Bob Manley (bass) and Steve Groves (drums) – The Pete Harris Blues Band!

Pete has been active on the South Coast blues scene for over thirty years. With the Bob Pearce Blues Band he gigged extensively in England and Europe, recording a “live” album on the prestigious Blue Horizon label. He has subsequently led various incarnations of the Pete Harris Blues Band, recognised as one of the leading blues bands on the South Coast. Pete has performed on stage with many American blues artistes, notably Phil Guy, (brother of Buddy Guy), Lowell Fulson, Tabby Thomas, Gene “Mighty Flea” Connors, Mojo Buford (ex Muddy Waters Band), Byther Smith, Carrie and Lurrie Bell, Lazy Lester and Jerry McCain. He has gigged throughout the UK and in France, Belgium, Switzerland and New Zealand. He has appeared on BBC Television, Southampton TV, Portsmouth TV and many times on local and national radio.

“To find a better blues guitarist than Pete Harris you would probably have to go to Chicago” (Southampton Jazz Society)

“ a lead guitar player of deceptive skill and emotional depth. His playing appeals to the head and to the feet.” (Blueprint)

On Thursday and Sunday evening Pete will be performing in a duo with Jon Vaughan.

Jon Vaughan is widely regarded as one of the leading young harmonica players on the Blues scene, playing with great feeling, tone and creativity. His style is reminiscent of the Chicago Blues greats such as Big Walter Horton and Little Walter Jacobs. Having established his reputation with Bristol-based Blues band the Mean Red Spiders, he has been performing with Pete for the last four years, either in duo format or with the Pete Harris Blues Band.

Together Pete and Jon produce a heady and exciting mix of goodtime Blues and Ragtime with a hint of Gospel and Americana.

Of their recent CD album "Pay Some Attention" Blues in the South editor Ian Mckenzie wrote: "......inspirational. It is that because Pete and Jon make it all sound effortless. They make it sound easy, which of course it is not. Anyone thinking they might like to learn blues guitar or blues harp may easily be inspired by this magical album."

Ray Drury

Dates Playing: Thu 9pm Red Lion with Pete Harris, Fri 9pm The Legion with Teed Up, Sat 12.30pm East Bar with Pete Harris Blues Band, Sat 6pm & 8.15pm Sea Breeze with Tommy Allen, Sun 9pm with Trafficker


 Top keyboards man with amazing range of styles and moods whatever he touches. Soul, blues, jazz, funk… you name it!

Self-taught from the age of 9 on a spinet organ, Ray progressed to playing keyboards in his first band at the age of 17 cutting his teeth on Motown, Soul and Stax music. During this era, Ray played many gigs supporting named acts such as Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Edwin Starr, David Ruffin and Geno Washington. Ray moved naturally over to blues and jazz funk in his 20’s and to the present day has played with many different outfits within the UK.

He currently plays across the UK, Europe and beyond with the highly acclaimed and multi award-winning band The Producers and newly formed blues quartet Teed Up.

He has won the accalade of ‘Best UK Keyboard Player’ (Bronte Blues Club Awards) and 3rd best UK Keyboard Player (Blues Matters Magazine Poll).

Red River Hogs

Dates Playing: Fri 9pm White Swan


The Red River Hogs first came together in 2009.  The Band played Camp Bestival in 2011 and 2013 and are regulars at the GDSF Music Festival.   Together with live appearances at various venues and festivals over the last few years they have been a hugely successful support for several Bands at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne including Dr Feelgood, Ainsley Lister, Norman Beaker Band, Chris Farlow,

Based in Dorset and Hampshire, this talented Blues Band perform new original material plus music from their two albums, 'Straight Off The Bone' and 'Tallulahs Kitchen', plus some Blues Standards.

Influenced by Lead Guitarist/Vocals Mick's love of the Deep South, Bernie the Bass' Rhythms, Chris Ess's Hammond B3 organ and Shakey's solid as a rock drum beats, their music touches the soul.

Riverside Blues Band

Dates Playing: Fri 9.45pm Anchor


A hearty mix of Classic Blues and Old School R’n’B with foot-tapping tales from Chicago, Texas and Canvey Island...The focus is on up-tempo and upbeat so get your dancing boots on! Songs from Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, JB Lenoir, the music of Chess Records and songs by the Beale Street Blues Boy himself - the great BB King.

Also featuring the electric blues sound of Texan T-Bone Walker, Texas blues from Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, the British R'n'B of Dr Feelgood, classics made famous by Cream and Eric Clapton, and many more blues favourites.

Robert Hokum

Dates Playing: Sun 4.30pm Solo The Grand Hotel, see also Great West Groove


Singer, guitarist, raconteur and frontman of Great West Groove. Performing solo he describes his material as ‘Personal Experience and Downright Lies’. His recent ‘Live Retrospective - Trippin’ Backwards’ which features The Guv’nors, Dorris Henderson and Blues Sans Frontieres has been an Independent Blues Broadcasters Association pick of the month. Blues Matters said, ‘And an excellent album it is…. great stuff, beginning to end’.


Robin Bibi Band

Dates Playing: Fri 5pm East Bar, Sat 12.30pm Swanage Bay View (jam session), Sat 9pm The Legion, Sun 12.30pm The Legion (jam session)


Robin Bibi Band have been exciting, inspiring and entertaining audiences in the U.K., Ireland , Europe and the USA for almost 20 years and they just keep on increasing their energy and originality with every show! They've played at almost all the major UK blues festivals appearing with artists such as Van Morrison , Chuck Berry, Bob Geldof , Dr Feelgood, UB40, Focus, Hawkwind, and many more.. Also releasing four studio and five live albums, Robin recently signed a deal with Ashwood Records and released his most original and critically acclaimed studio album "No More A Secret" which received extensive AirPlay on local and national radio and peaked at Number 2 in the Independant Blues Broadcasters Association playlist.

The band are touring the album which the company plans to release on vinyl soon.. And Robin has been nominated for British Blues Awards and recently won an award from the WRC for best guitar solo ahead of Joe Bonamassa and Richie Sambora!
Robin is a seasoned professional and widely regarded as one of the UKs finest blues/ rock guitarists having worked with legends such as the Pretty Things, Ben E. King , Robert Plant and Jimmy Page before he started the Bibi Band. The bands " Power Trio" format give them musical flexibility and they love to jam.. at the same time they are tight as a velvet glove and Robin just can't help entertaining!! The music is filled with passion and energy and the Bibi Band's unique and totally individual brand of blues is coloured with strong Rock , Funk, Fusion and Soul influences.. The Bibi Bands brief is to send the audience home on a high .. They just can't help it !!

Stan's Blues Jamboree

Dates Playing: Sat 1pm-7pm The Legion


Stan’s Blues Jamboree returns to Swanage Blues Festival with another cornucopia of blues performances, starting with Stan’s Blues Jam, followed by showcase slots of bands playing blues classics and original songs, and concluding with a second portion of electric jamming with Stan’s Blues Jam. More info at



Dates Playing: Sun afternoon


Acoustic blues trio with songs from the Delta, Chicago, Texas, and British blues with the spirit of Riverside Blues Band.

Steve Darrington

Dates Playing: Various


Swanage Blues Festival organiser Steve was a touring musician until disability caused him to retire to Swanage in 2000. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was the house pianist/harmonica player at the legendary Nag’s Head, High Wycombe when Ron Watts promoted blues legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King, Jesse Fuller, Doctor Ross, Champion Jack Dupree, plus rising British bands like Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC etc.

Steve recorded on over 50 albums and played live with Duster Bennett, Jo-Ann Kelly, Brewers Droop, Lol Coxhill, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, The Bluesshakers, Billy Boy Arnold, The Mighty Flea, Mickey Baker, Albert Lee, Mark Knopfler, Roxon Roadshow, Don Everly, Marty Wilde, Lonnie Donegan, and The Boogie Band etc.

Subject to health, Steve hopes to make a few guest appearances during the festival.

Please do not approach him in person about appearing at the festival, but instead see ’Contact’ on the festival website. Thank you.

Teed Up

Dates Playing: Fri 9pm The Legion


TEED UP are a recently formed four piece blues band, although the members are certainly not new to the music scene. Together they have extensive experience having played with some of the best and most famous in the industry.All members are very well known throughout the UK and beyond, having performed at festivals in many countries over the years.

The band are:

Steve Roux – guitar/vox (Steve Roux & the Brass Knuckle Blues Band, The White Knuckle Blues Band)

Steve Browning – bass  (Pretty Things, David Gilmour)

Ray Drury – hammond/piano (The Producers)

Bernie Fox – drums (Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Bibb, Sherman Robertson)

Back in 1993 Blues guitarist and vocalist Steve Roux signed a solo recording contract with EMI/Virgins’ Pointblank Blues Label, he was signed alongside other blues artists including: Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Pop Staples, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond and ‘Wolfman’ Washington. Steve recorded his all original album entitled ‘steve roux’ in Memphis USA at the legendary Kiva Recording Studios. Steve’s album was release in 1994 and received critical acclaim in Europe and the Uk. Gigs and Radio sessions followed, a highlight being at the Coln Music Festival in Germany, where Steve was invited onstage by Albert Collins to join him for his encore along with Robben Ford, they played an extended version of his instrumental ‘Frosty’ to an ecstatic crowd, whilst being broadcast on national radio. Steve’s album is still receiving radio airplay throughout Europe, Australia and South Africa. More recently he’s been involved in The White Knuckles Blues Band whose album ‘It Might Just Be Too Late’ was released on the Blues Matters/Krossborder label in 2012. Steve Roux and The Brass Knuckle Blues Band followed on from this and were very busy on the blues club and festival circuit, receiving critical acclaim in many of the UK’s blues magazines. In 2013 the band released a CD Live at the Boarhunt Blues Club.

Ray Drury is a self-taught musician. He joined his first band at the age of 17 playing keyboards and cutting his teeth on Motown, Soul and Stax music. During this time, Ray played support to many top class acts including Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Edwin Starr, Dave Ruffin and Geno Washington. In his 20’s Ray’s playing evolved and he moved into the blues and jazz funk genre, playing in the UK and Europe with various bands. Ray has continued to play throughout the UK and Europe and as far afield as The Bahamas with the highly acclaimed and award-winning blues band The Producers, with whom he has won Best UK Keyboard Player award from the Bronte Blues Club and a top three spot in the Blues Matters writer’s poll alongside such luminaries as Paddy Milner and Bob Hall.

Steve Browning started performing at an early age. In 1989 he turned pro and joined The Pretty Things, touring all over the UK and Europe. During this time he also played with other artists including David Gilmour and Ronnie Spector. Since then Steve has performed and toured constantly and played with many bands including Chicago bluesman Khalif Wailin’ Walter. He also played at Glastonbury and a headlining spot at the 2011 Isle Of Wight Festival with 60s US legends It’s A Beautiful Day. More recently Steve has been involved in the last incarnation of The Brass Knuckle Blues Band with Steve Roux and Bernie.

Bernie Fox is a highly experienced session drummer and live performer having played with Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb, Savoy Brown, Sherman Robertson and the one and only Jimmy Witherspoon. Bernie was a founder member of The White Knuckle and Brass Knuckle Blues bands. He is renowned for his tight dynamic drumming and in 2014 was voted best drummer in the Bronte Blues Club Awards. Bernie and Steve Roux have a long history of playing together going back approximately 26 years including playing on Steve Roux’s solo album.

So… what’s with the name?

‘Teed Up’ is an old jazz slang term for being dressed up, suited, booted and ready to go…

‘‘…if you like your blues funky, rocking, swinging, slow and emotionally-charged played across a mix of reworked classics and originals then you are sure to love this band.A guitar/hammond driven 4-piece delivered with superb musicianship…’’

The Baroness and The Bear

Dates Playing: Sat 2pm - The Grand Hotel


The spirit of The Baroness and The Bear is to share good times with lovely people. A melodic gumbo of roots and acoustic blues from Julie & Bob joined by Bluesmater Robert Hokum on this occasion. Highly praised they regularly delight audiences throughout the UK..

"Julie's voice is mesmerizing....."  "Authentic yet totally unique... "

"So many people came up to us on the day and afterwards to tell us how much they enjoyed hearing them play...."

At This Festival we will be playing as a Trio with fellow Rhythm Traveller; Blues Master - Robert Hokum!

The Baroness and The Bear’s music is varied and covers many styles from traditional ‘Classic and Old’ blues such as Lil Green and Willie Dixon, to Cakewalks and Gospel, including more modern unique styles such as Tom Waites, Madelaine Peyroux, some jazzy turns and a few original compositions thrown in.

Julie and Bob are the nucleus of the band, often preforming as a duo but also as a band with the very talented Paul Borley drums/percussion and our newest recruit Steve Smith on Guitar. We are also privileged to occasionally work with other wonderful musicians "Rhythm Travellers" such as Robert Hokum Dobra and Guitar,  John William Flamenco Guitar, Sarah O’Neil and Kevin Lowen  both on Violin, Myke Clifford on Sax and Flute, and the multi-talented Wendy Benefer on Drums, Violin and Guitar. All lovely people and awesome musicians.

The last few years have been exciting for The Baroness and the Bear and they are also ‘Rhythm Travellers’ playing with other artists around the country at some truly special gigs. From a charity gig outside a vegetable shop to high society weddings and parties!

Julie and Bob have also been studying the History of the Blues at Exeter University and this has influenced their material while performing songs in their own style many of the lyrics are steeped in history and reflect the original blues meanings that had no fixed genre when they were first documented.

 All in all – let’s have a good time!

By popular demand this is the Baroness and The Bear’s fifth time at the Swanage Blues Festival.

They will be performing as a trio with Rhythm Traveller Blues Master:  Robert Hokum!

The Jawbreakers

Dates Playing: Fri 9pm Swanage Bay View, Sat 9.45pm Anchor, Sun 4pm Ship


“EXCITING, Amazing, Stupendous and Unique!” – Steve Darrington

Absolute Top Musicians playing Blues, Jump Jive, Theme Tunes and against all odds, Big Band Swing in a way you’ve never heard before - but you'll like it... you'll like it a lot!

The Jawbreakers’ attitude: ‘How hard can it be?!!!’ means no genre of music is out of bounds.

Jump Jive, Film Noir, Sensational!

Deano Robinson on drums, Craig Broadfoot on organ and piano , Les Calvert on bass, Philip Brannan on Rhythm guitar  and E D Brayshaw on lead guitar and vocals.


The Milk Men

Dates Playing: Fri 10pm White Horse


THE Milk Men launched their critically-acclaimed debut album FULL PHAT at Swanage last year.  Since then, original tracks like Real Good Looking, She Don't Like Rock'n'Roll and their storming version of Dust My Broom have become staples on British Blues radio.

Bringing together members of legendary R ‘n’ B band The Pirates and British Blues Award nominated The Mustangs, The Milk Men have been tearing up venues all over the UK with their dynamic, white hot versions of classic R ‘n’ B and Blues tunes alongside unforgettable originals. With former Pirate Mike Roberts on drums. Lloyd Green (son of Pirate legend Mick Green) on bass, and Adam Norsworthy of The Mustangs on guitar, the band is rounded off by the husky blues vocals of Jamie Smy. The band's fun stage show and Dr-Feelgood stylings have won them hordes of new fans in 2016, and the band looks set to record a second album in 2017. Not to be missed if you like original, tough British r'n'b.

The Mustangs

Dates Playing: Sat evening


Now going 18 years, the Mustangs are one of the most established blues rock bands in the UK. They have won awards, made 10 albums and even played Glastonbury. Last year they released Just passing Through, an album critics hailed as their finest yet. The band's jam-packed Saturday nights in Swanage have become tradition, with the band playing a huge range of songs from originals, rock, blues and even often improvising requests from the audience. Perfect let your hair down fun for a Saturday night.  

The RedCrow

Dates Playing: Sat 9pm Herston C&C, Sun 10pm Anchor


'THE RedCrow'’ is an explosive four piece blues rock band fronted by the vocals of award-winning singer/songwriter Tracie Redding and the impressive, understated talents of lead guitarist Leigh Crowe. The band evolved around an original songwriting collaboration between these two founding members who, inspired by their early material, formed a band which after several early line-up changes, settled into place with Weymouth-based drummer Nigel Keyworth and bassist Steve Slade.

Theirs is a diverse 'blues infused' repertoire and they have a reputation for energetic live performances built around driving guitar riffs and the powerhouse vocal delivery of their signature soulful blues, funk and rock mix.  The RedCrow has quickly established itself as a regular on the south coast music scene, securing a dedicated band of followers.

Members have been regular supporters of the Swanage Blues Festival over a number of years, appearing at open mics, jam sessions and at Stan's Blues Jamboree.

Tiny Tina Band

Dates Playing: Sat 5.30pm Swanage Bay View


Great fun with this super lady highlighting the bluesy roots of Tina Turner.





Tommy Allen and...

Dates Playing: Fri 9pm Red Lion with Jon Vaughan, Sat 6pm & 8.15pm Sea Breeze with Ray Drury, Sun 4pm White Swan with Jon Vaughan, Sun 9pm The Legion with Trafficker


Street-style Chicago blues from the 1950s and much more from this amazing singer/guitarist and friends 

Voodoo Sheiks

Dates Playing: Sun 3pm Anchor


 The Voodoo Sheiks are firmly based in the high energy ‘British R&B’ camp with elements of American Blues. A mixture of originals and selected covers, weapons grade guitar provided by Adrian Thomas, searing harmonica & vocals from ‘Slowblow’ Dave Magson and a solid rhythm section with Andy Pullin, Bass and Spencer Blackledge, drums. New album being released in April 2018.

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Dates Playing: Fri 8.30pm Grand Hotel, Sun 5.30pm The Legion


 A dynamic and distinctive award-winning band whose exciting live set is based around the band's rootsy originals, strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves – the perfect vehicle for Zoe's biting, passionate and commanding vocal style, and Rob's unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a name and reputation for consummate musicianship, stylish delivery, and a deep rooted, rich and diverse musical vocabulary.

"Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion brought a different level of class to the main stage; lovely fluid guitar from Rob Koral & Zoe's powerful, impassioned vocal” - Moray Stuart, Blues In Britian, Sept 2016, Ealing Blues Festival

  • “Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with mostly self penned material, hugely original arrangements, virtuosic playing and of course Zoe Schwarz’s majestic vocal sweep and interpretive ability. Some people call it blues, the band would probably settle for just damn fine music!” Pete Feenstra / Award winning promoter, DJ & Features Editor - Get Ready To Rock, 2017


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