Singer songwriter and international troubadour. 'Absolutely hilarious, hugely entertaining and inevitably moving.' Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival
Fri 3pm The Legion, Sat 3pm White Swan, 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.
BACKWATER ROLL BLUES BAND
Sat 9pm The Ship
Backwater Roll are a band that really know how to deliver a show that will blow your socks off, miss them at your peril!
Fri 9pm Herston C&C Club
Blue Touch delivers heavy duty blues rock with a blend of original and re-worked classic blues songs in an entertaining stage show. There is the captivating Andrea Maria on vocals, World class guitar and vocals from pro musician Neil Sadler backed by Hugh Lawrenson on Drums and Merv Griffin on bass. One not to miss!
Sat 11.30am Harry Ramsden’s
Although Buskers do not perform under the official umbrella of the festival, they do contribute to the party, so it is only fair to point out that the manager of this establishment is offering encouragement for them to appear here at this time. You have been warned!
Sat 3pm Anchor
Roots American meets Canvey Island chaos somewhere down the Itchen Delta. Killer guitar licks, screaming harmonica, a thumping back beat and savage vocals. This is good time Blues, Rhythm & Blues & Rock’n’Roll blended in the musical cooking pot to season and excite.
DAWG 'n' BONEZ BAND
Fri 9pm The Ship, Sat 9pm White Swan, Sun 1pm-5pm Swanage Bay View Holiday Park (Dawg 'n' Bonez Show followed by Dawg 'n' Bonez Jam Session)
Blues with a twist, their special take on songs from the likes of Bull Moose Jackson, Peter Green and Muddy Waters, whipped up with the Latin tones of Santana and wrapped in a bag full of their own compositions.
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.
GEOFF GARBOW BAND
Fri 8pm Swanage Bay View Holiday Park
A regular fixture on the West London circuit, the GGB are much loved for their unpretentious, good time attitude. Band members have played with Billy Bragg and members of Deep Purple, Bad Company, Gary Moore Band and the Strawbs amongst many others. The band have been regulars at the Ealing Blues Festival, The Ealing Club and the Crawdaddy and many hostelries across London. “…energetic and eclectic, mixing straight blues with dirty southern rock, funk and a splash of AOR“ - Blues in Britain Magazine
Sat 5.30pm Salt Pig Too
Open Mic Blues Jam with guitarist/singer Geoff Hills. Great fun and all standards very welcome.
HUGH BUDDEN and…
Master of Ceremonies / Guest Artist / Floor Manager at the Grand Hotel all weekend except when he’s not!
Thu 8.30pm The Legion with the Blue Chords, Sat 4pm Grand Hotel with friends (acoustic), Sat 8pm East Bar with the Blue Chords, Sun 8.30pm Grand Hotel Finale with the Blue Chords and Muddy Manninen
The hardest working harmonica and vocals man I know, no doubt due to his style, showmanship and sheer professionalism. Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Jazz, Country, Indie… Hugh can play ‘em all – and he does! Make sure you catch at least one of his shows.
JAM SESSIONS WITH ROBIN BIBI
Sat 12.30pm Swanage Bay View, Sun 12.30pm The Legion
Some of the finest impromptu music of the weekend with one of the best ‘Jam Masters’ I’ve ever seen. Check in with Robin at the Jam Sessions, drummers bring own sticks.
JOHN McCLEAN & THE CLAN
Fri 9pm White Swan, Sat YHA 1pm-2.30pm open mic jam with guests, 2.30pm-4pm Clan play a further set
John McClean & the Clan play blistering Gospel Blues Rock, featuring John's gritty and unforgettable vocals, original songs and well chosen covers. Bring your dancing shoes!
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.
Fri 6pm & 8.15pm Sea Breeze, Sat 3pm Greyhound, Corfe Castle
With powerful vocals and mastery of many acoustic guitar styles, Lewis delights audiences with material ranging from the Mississippi Delta to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
LUKE DOHERTY BAND
Sun 5.30pm The Legion
The Luke Doherty Band had a highly successful showcase slot at Stan's Blues Jamboree during the October 2017 Swanage Blues Festival. Since then they've been playing many major festivals and deservedly too. No spoilers from me, check 'em out, just do it.
Sun 2pm Grand Hotel
Mark Harrison’s highly individual, all-original music takes the style of the early blues and folk/blues innovators, and gives it totally modern relevance. His songs all have something to say or a story to tell.
Sun 8.30pm Grand Hotel
Muddy Manninen, ex-Wishbone Ash, will be Guest Guitarist at The Grand Hotel’s Festival Finale with Hugh Budden & the Blue Chords.
OPEN MIC SESSIONS
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 on the day. Turn up early if you can to avoid disappointment. 1.30pm on Saturday might still be OK.
PETE HARRIS AND…
Thu 9pm Red Lion with Ray Drury, Fri 6pm & 8.15pm Tawny’s, Sat 12.30pm East Bar with The Pete Harris Blues Band, Sun 8pm 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 Drury play Blues, Soul & Rock'n'Roll. Pete Harris Blues Band plays Chicago-style Blues with Jon and Ray plus Bob Manley on bass and Brian Wright on drums.
Thu 9pm Red Lion with Pete Harris, Fri 6pm & 8.15pm Tawny’s with Pete Harris, 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!
RIVERSIDE BLUES BAND
Fri 9.45pm Anchor
"Foot-tapping tales from Chicago, Texas and Canvey Island...A healthy portion of Classic Blues – Up-tempo and upbeat so get your dancing boots on!"
ROBERT HOKUM and...
Thu 8pm The Legion short set with Steve Darrington & Hugh Budden, Fri 6pm The Legion with Stompin’ Dave, Sat 8pm Grand Hotel with the Robert Hokum / David Stone Band, Sun 4pm Grand Hotel
Bluesmaster, Funkateer, Global Groover and Raconteur, Bob will be performing Blues across the spectrum from acoustic Delta style Dobro bottleneck to electric funk.
ROBIN BIBI BAND
Fri 5pm East Bar, Sat 12.30pm Swanage Bay View (jam session), Sat 9pm The Legion, Sun 12.30pm The Legion (jam session)
Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz on guitar, bass, drums and harmonica.
STAN’S BLUES JAMBOREE
Sat 1pm-7pm The Legion
Yet another cornucopia of blues performances, starting with Stan’s Blues Jam, followed by Showcase Slots, then a second portion of electric jamming.
Sun 3pm Black Swan
Acoustic blues from the Delta, Chicago, Texas and British Blues with the spirit of Riverside Blues Band
Sat 2pm Grand Hotel, Sat 6pm & 8.15pm Tawnys, Sun 3pm Greyhound, Corfe Castle
Steve plays solo acoustic guitar, footstomp and vocals in a bluesy-rootsy-soully-folkynfunky style. He has shared billings with Paul Jones, Imelda May, Mike Sanchez and recently duetted with Paul Weller in London alongside George Ezra and Paloma Faith. He has recorded four albums of original songs, which have been played on Radio 2 and various other stations.
Thu 8.30pm The Legion with Robert Hokum and Hugh Budden
Creator and organiser of Swanage Blues Festivals, Steve was the 1960s/70s house pianist and harp player at the legendary Nag’s Head Blues Loft, High Wycombe. Years of touring and 50 album appearances later, he retired to Swanage. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, The Bluesshakers, Billy Boy Arnold, Duster Bennett, Brewer’s Droop, Marty Wilde, Lonnie Donegan, Roxon Roadshow, Don Everly, Albert Lee, The Boogie Band, Mark Knopfler, Dave Edmunds etc will figure in his autobiography - if he ever finds time to write it.
Fri 6pm The Legion
With 25 years of performing experience Bridport-based vocalist, multi instrumentalist and tap dancer Stompin' Dave has worked exclusively as a musician. He has performed across the UK and beyond including major festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival and Camp Bestival. A former member of former UK blues band of the year The Producers, Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the acoustic act category 2014.
“Let’s face it, in adding the quality of his original material, the man is a downright genius” Blues In Britain.
"Dave is without doubt one of the most entertaining musicians on the scene today." Boogaloo Promotions.
THE FABULOUS DUCK BROS
Sat 2.30pm IoP Golf Club
The UK’s ultimate tribute to the music of Eric Clapton: winner of 18 Grammys, 4 Ivor Novellos and the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award.
THE BARONESS & THE BEAR
Sat 4pm Grand Hotel
Come along Smile, Relax, Boogie on Down and Enjoy! The Baroness and The Bear’s music is contemporary electro acoustic. Covering styles from the traditional ‘Classic’ blues such as Lil Green, Memphis Minnie and Willie Dixon, mixed with the modern unique styles of RnB artists like Marc Broussard, Eric Bibb, Tom Waites, Madelaine Peyroux and The Baroness’s original compositions.
Sat 9.45pm Anchor, Sun 4pm Ship
Blues, Jump Jive, and Big Band Swing, all wrapped up in a 5 piece Beat Combo: How hard can it be!”
THE MILK MEN
Fri 10pm White Horse
A blues 'supergroup' made up of members of Swanage regulars the Mustangs and legendary r'n'b group The Pirates. Their latest album Gold Top reached the top 10 on the Amazon blues chart, and number 2 on the iTunes chart, and received glowing critical acclaim. They band will be playing a mix of tracks from both their albums, and some choice classic rock and blues covers.
Sat 10pm White Horse
Now going 19 years, the Mustangs are one of the most established blues rock bands in the UK. They have won awards and even played Glastonbury. In March 2019 they will release their 11th album, Watertown. 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 RED CROW
Sat 9pm Herston C&C, Sun 10pm Anchor
Soulful blues, funk and rock built around the driving guitar riffs of Leigh Crowe and the powerhouse vocal delivery of Tracie Redding. 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.
THE TIM STAFFELL / PAUL STEWART BAND
Fri 9pm The Legion, Saturday 5pm Swanage Bay View
Driven by the two powerful lead vocals of Tim Staffell and Paul Stewart, the band fuse the blues with jazz and rock elements in a set combining traditional classics with original songs; solid rhythm with strong harmonies, and the interplay of electric and acoustic guitar’ Paul was previously with Rhythm & Blues legends ‘The Others’. Tim was one third of the power trio ‘Smile’ with Brian May & Roger Taylor. Until recently the band were known as ‘Little Steam, which was the band name at Stan's Blues Jamboree in October 2018.
TOMMY ALLEN and…
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
THE VOODOO SHEIKS
Sun 3pm Anchor
The Voodoo Sheiks are back with a new album ‘Unstoppable’, containing 12 original songs penned by the band themselves, Rhythm & Blues never sounded so good!
ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION
Fri 8.30pm Grand Hotel, Sat 3.45pm Ship
Their music is both old school and progressive; with exciting live sets based around rootsy originals, strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements, and exciting grooves