First visit to Swanage... ever. Lovely music, lovely weather (lying on the beach Saturday), lovely people. Hi guys in the Black Swan ( lovely landlord). I will come back as I luv it!
Many, many thanks for your organisation in putting together a great weekend’s entertainment, in homage to the BLUES.
I have just returned home to France after my seventh consecutive festival and my mind is awash with great memories and the warmth from meeting past friends.
The new bands this year were in my mind exceptional, Blues Machine, young energetic and eager to please, Jay Tamkin, very accomplished and big sound for a trio and then for my money what about Jason Manners & 3 Buck Shirt. At the White Swan on Saturday afternoon, competing with the Johnny’s Open Mike and Robin’s Jam session they were simply outstanding, the soul and passion of their playing, the mixture of old and new blues with their particular take was just music to my ears
Long may we all continues to be able to experience such enjoyment, through providing our contributions to the hard working Bucketeers
PHOTOGRAPHERS LOUNGE said:
HUGE shout out for Steve Darrington and PuMP Sound and Lighting for a superb weekend. I expect every business owner in Swanage would share these views. Fantastic Weekend, well done all!
ROBIN BIBI said:
You are a legend mate... can’t thank you enough for what you are doing for live music! Thanks to Steve and everyone else...this was the best fest yet for us!! 3 days of love peace and fabulous music...!!!!
MOTEL 6 said:
It's a great thing that in these tough times there are people like Steve Darrington ....Swanage Blues Festival is the highlight of my musical year.....and it happens twice!!!
Just wanted to say 'THANKS' for yet another great festival. Saw some great bands and some great friends including David Raphael - Lewis Cohen as well as Jason Manners - GREAT SHOWS by all.
FABULOUS FEZHEADS said:
Thanks and well done again, Steve. You really have created something wonderful. I hope it’s appreciated as much by others as we do.
ROBERT HOKUM said:
Always a delight to play to an audience that wants to listen and always gratifying to know that they've come to see you when there are so many other fine acts in town. My therapist tells me that the applause at the end of the guitar solos is very good for my self-esteem - but that I need to keep it in perspective
At The East Bar, we had the obligatory bloke dancing in front of the band, I'd say he was late 20's-early 30's well dressed and quite well spoken. At the end of the gig he said to me: “I've never seen live music before, but you guys were great.” Good that his first experience of live music was a Swanage Blues experience!!!!!
Once again, Gold Star & House points all round to Steve D and the Bucketeers. Look forward to seeing some of you at The Ealing Blues Festival - details of which you'll find in the Swanage Blues Festival programme (which I hope you all bought!). Cheers!
RIVERSIDE BLUES BAND said:
Both Riverside Blues Blues Band and Steamer (plus a number of stowaways!) had a fab time at the festival. Appreciative audiences in both The Anchor and Country Foods Kitchen and friendly, helpful staff too. Good work Steve! Stan & Helen
BACK PORCH said:
Have just recovered from a great weekend. Phew! It was one of the best! The Bucketeers were great! Everyone was friendly as usual and you even made the sun come out at the right time (Sunday). We love it
What an awesome weekend of great music , nice to see the town buzzing with people and some great musicians. And once again well done to Steve Darrington for putting on a great music festival. Thank you.
Once again what a wonderful Festival. The standard of music was amazing. I could go on and mention the best gigs but it would mean I would have to go through the complete programme. Thanks for all your time and effort it is appreciated.
Well that’s the Drinking, Dancing and Debauchery done with for now. Saw some great bands, met some wonderful people and made a heap of new friends. Proper Proper Party. Heading back home in a while, but already looking forward to October. Thank You Steve, Maggie, and everyone else involved in bringing this together – You make this party happen.
Thank you for such a wonderful weekend which was very successful for our club. Hope everything ran the way you wanted and you had a successful festival. Long may it continue
WHITE SWAN said:
It was yet another great weekend. Really Steve thank you. It's a very long winter in this business and you have no idea what a difference a weekend like this makes. It's actually a life saver and without it, it would make things a hell of a lot tougher. All with the added bonus of being a great weekend, great music and of course great organisation. I hope people appreciate what you do as much as I do. Thank you
Fab weekend as always. Highlights for me - The Blues Machine, Jay Tamkin Band, Pearl Handled Revolver, The Guv'nors, Robin Bibi Band and the White Horse Jams. Oh, and The Legion as a venue. If only you could be in two places at once!
JOHNNY SHARP (OPEN MIC) said:
The best Swanage blues festival yet with amazing 'open mic' talents from all over the UK! A huge thank you to everyone who performed and attended. See everyone back in October for another top weekend of blues
Hi Steve, just wanted to say what a fantastic man I think you are. I don’t think you realise you are personally responsible for putting thousands of smiles on tens of thousands of people faces. That is one hell of an achievement, so proud to know you even if only a little bit.
A big thank you. Once again your outstanding efforts have provided us old bluehounds with a weekend to remember.
Great festival and organisation as always. Stonkingly good gig and atmosphere at the White Swan Sunday
Steve - thanks for another cracking weekend of great music !!!!!!
Absolutely cracking weekend! Can't wait for the next!
Another superb music weekend! Lots of favourites to see again, and a new
talent discovered in Tim Harrison - a great boogie woogie piano player
Really enjoyed all the bands I saw, and good sound, thanks to all involved.
Just to say we had a fab time as usual. How did you manage to get sunshine on Saturday?!
Congratulations on another fantastic weekend. Keep up the great work. Can't wait until October.
Belter of a festival sirrah! Here's to many more.
Congratulations & a huge thank you
Well done Steve -another great blues weekend
The Blues Machine was the youngest band there and one of the best. Suspect they have a great future to look forward to. Amazing musicianship, regardless of their age
My second time at Swanage Blues Festival and honestly with bands such as The Blues Machine performing at such a professional standard and putting on such an entertaining show, the weekend has been magical. Not to forget the wonderful jam sessions, people, places, and food and drink you encounter, can't wait for the next one!
Thanks for a superb weekend at Swanage. We drove down from Leicester on Friday morning and home again on Monday morning feeling thoroughly entertained and quite hung over and an excellent finale at the Grand Hotel to round things off. Looking forward to October.
RAY DRURY said:
Great playing with you at the finale Steve. Well done for organising yet another festival.
PAINT IT BLUE said:
We all had an amazing time at Swanage Blues Festival - thanks to everybody who was there for such a great weekend!! Great to see old friends and make new ones too
C SHARP BLUES said:
Thanks Steve & The Bucketeers! Had a brilliant night at the Anchor last night....great crowd...great venue...all smiley happy peeps...we shook the blues off big time
JAY TAMKIN BAND said:
Jay Tamkin Band enjoyed playing The East Bar - Swanage Blues Festival, thanks to everyone who came & supported Jay!
THE BLUES MACHINE said:
Thank you for a most sensational weekend Steve, it was wonderful!
TIM HARRISON said:
Well my solo spot at the legion went well, and I had a stroll round town afterwards checking out some other cool bands and people. Lewis Cohen, absolutely fantastic! Steve Darrington you're doing a great job!!
BLUE TOUCH said:
Thank you for another wonderful weekend at Swanage . Your efforts, patience and skill in putting it all together never fail to astound me!
MILTON-FARROW SKIFFLE ‘N’ BLUES BAND said:
Thanks for having us. Had a great time and really enjoyed both venues.
ED & THE JAWBREAKERS said:
What a fantastic weekend. We had such a great time, and staying over the weekend gave us chance to see some of the other acts too. I would very much like to thank the management and staff at the British Legion for looking after us so brilliantly on Friday night, the management and staff at the Grand for a fabulous time on Saturday night, and Everyone at the Ship for such a great time on Sunday afternoon.
I managed to speak at length to many of the festival goers who were just fantastic. The Bucketeers deserve special thanks! they really are heroes, and finally, thanks to you , Steve, for organising such a wonderful festival - i think the best yet! from all of us in the band I can't thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to play. I do hope you're feeling better and have managed to relax a bit in the days since. Thanks again
JOHN CRAMPTON said:
Thanks for everything. Gig went very well at Bar 7. Reasonably busy at Grand but audience a bit laid back.
Can't believe its over already!... but looking forward to the next one