Fri 2pm The Legion, Fri 9pm Herston C&C, Sat 6.30pm ConClub
With their foot-stomping, danceable rhythms and a lot of fun, Back Porch will make you laugh, cry and tap your feet! It’s a stripped-down line-up of harp, washboard and guitars – just some mates sitting on a back porch, playing the blues.
Sat 9pm Herston C&C
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!
CHICAGO 9 RHYTHM & BLUES BAND
Sat 9pm White Swan
Long term members Melv, Steve and Elrad have been joined by Angie Restorick on lead vocals, saxophonist Paul Tasker and pianist Jim Mitchell to bring you a comprehensive selection of Blues tunes mixed with some good time Rhythm & Blues and a sprinkling of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
DAVE FERRA AND KATIE BRADLEY
Sat 5pm The Centre
Dave Ferra has twice been nominated for the UK Blues Awards in the acoustic blues category. He plays traditional and original blues, ragtime and spirituals.
Katie Bradley is receiving worldwide airplay and acclaim for her amazing voice and blues harp 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.
GEOFF GARBOW BAND
Sat 3pm White Swan
Rock/Blues band, great fun!
Fri 6pm and Sat 6pm The Globe
Open Mic Blues Jam. Great fun and all blues standards very welcome.
GEORGE HALL TRIO
Sun 5pm White Swan
“George Hall gives some of the greatest guitarists alive a run for their money and can simultaneously switch from swaggering rock to blistering blues” – BeCider Seaside
HUGH BUDDEN AND THE BLUE CHORDS
Thu 8.30pm The Legion, Fri 9.00pm White Swan, Sun 2.30pm Grand Hotel, Sun 8.30 Grand Hotel. With Guests at The Legion and Grand Hotel
Hugh will also be MC, Host, Guest Artist and Sound, Lighting & Stage Manager at the Grand Hotel all weekend. He is the hardest working harmonica and vocals man I know, no doubt due to his style, showmanship and sheer professionalism! Make sure you catch him at least once!
JOHN McCLEAN & THE CLAN
Sat 2pm YHA, Sun 2pm The Globe
Rockin' Gospel Blues, featuring John's gritty and soulful vocals, original songs and well chosen covers - think Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, the Stones.. Bring your dancing shoes!
Sun 12.00 The Centre
Jonathan was the driving force, singer and guitarist behind the duo The King Biscuit Boys who opened the Acoustic Stage at the 2019 Upton Blues Festival. They also played Colne and Gloucester Blues Festivals.
Live: as well as his own, he plays songs by Son House, ‘Howlin’ Wolf, Rory Gallagher, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Memphis Jug Band, Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal and the like.
Sat afternoon and evening Grand Hotel
Jon Riley is an acknowledged expert on the guitar playing of the legendary Bert Jansch having contributed to transcriptions and tuition books on his style. He will be performing a short set of his numbers. If you are at all interested in fingerstyle guitar you need to see him. Jon is also a fine blues guitarist and will be joining the Great West Groove on both their electric and acoustic sets.
LEWIS COHEN AND SPENCER COUZENS
Sat 2pm Greyhound, Sat 7pm Tawny’s
Lewis Cohen plays an eclectic mix of acoustic and electric country blues. As a solo performer, Lewis has built a strong reputation at home and abroad thanks to his powerful and versatile vocals and mastery of roots guitar styles which enthral, excite and above all, entertain. Spencer is a without doubt a marvellous, talented and versatile country/blues guitarist.
Sun 5pm The Centre
Mark’s songs make you smile, think and move. With catchy tunes, intriguing lyrics and striking rhythms each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell. He appears at prestigious festivals across the UK, arts centres and theatres.
'There’s no one quite like Mark Harrison for making you look afresh at your (and everyone else’s) troubles and maybe dance and smile your way through them' - Plunger
Sat 1pm The Centre
Martin McNeill is a slide guitarist and singer rooted in traditional blues styles and influenced by vintage soul, jazz and gospel. Instrumentalist of the year: 2022 GSMC Music Awards
OPEN MIC SESSIONS WITH ANDY BRADSHAW
Andy Bradshaw writes:
Are you ready to be part of making music at the Swanage Blues Festival? You are? FABULOUS!
Some of my happiest memories of Swanage Blues have been at the Open Mic sessions. The audiences, the variety of acts and the sheer amount of talent that turns up year after year, make it an exciting part of the Festival experience. Every Festival there are new surprises, acts which leave you speechless and many laughs and cheers along the way.
I have the absolute privilege to be hosting at the Red Lion this October and so I just wanted to post the schedule, and let you know what the sign in times are and what to expect.
The sessions run as follows:
Friday 2-5pm, Saturday 2-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm
I will be there at least an hour before the start time with the sign-in book, previous years experience tells me that the slots fill up quickly so bear that in mind!
I will be providing a cajon for accompaniment if you need a back beat. Out of a courtesy to our neighbours this will be un-mic'd.
If it's your first time playing at an Open Mic, that's great, we welcome everyone. To help you get the most out of the experience, here are a few pointers to smooth you through the experience.
- Make sure you are tuned up and ready to go in time for your slot. Time is limited and the audience want to hear you play!
- If you are using any battery powered equipment, make sure your batteries are fresh - you don't want an electro acoustic giving up on you half way through your set!
- If you have any special requirements, let the host know beforehand so they can be ready to say, mic up a purely acoustic guitar, or you want to use a different mic set up.
- As a courtesy to other performers, please try and work within your time slot.
- Once you have finished to rapturous applause, please leave the performance area to allow the next act to get ready to play.
Other than that, ENJOY what promises to be a great Festival!
Thanks as ever to Steve Darrington and all the venues for making this all possible!
PETE HARRIS AND…
Fri.7.00pm Tawny’s with Ray Drury, Sat 3pm The Legion with Pete Harris Blues Band, Sun 8pm Red Lion with Jon Vaughan
Top bluesman, great voice, great guitar, great band leader!
Pete & Ray play Blues, Soul and Rock'n'Roll. Pete & Jon play Ragtime with a hint of Gospel and Americana. The Pete Harris Blues Band plays Chicago-style Blues with both Ray and Jon plus Henk Leerink on bass and Brian Wright on drums.
RAY DRURY AND JON WALSH
Thu 9pm Red Lion
Ray is a fine keyboards man with an amazing range of styles and moods whatever he touches. Soul, blues, jazz, funk… you name it! Highly recommended.
Jon is a fine blues/jazz singer/songwriter/guitarist and guitar tutor.
ROBERT HOKUM AND THE GREAT WEST GROOVE…
Fri 9pm Red Lion (acoustic); Sat 8.30pm Grand Hotel (electric); Sun 8.30p The Legion (electric with Double Drums)
Bluesmaster, Funkateer, Global Groover and Raconteur, Bob will be performing blues across the spectrum. Ealing Blues Festival Supremo, Bob introduces many award-winning acts to Swanage, for which we are grateful.
ROBIN BIBI BAND (jam sessions see next entry)
Fri 4pm White Swan, Sat 8.30pm Legion
Explosive, passionate, dynamic and entertaining! Stalwarts of UK Blues Rock and played every Swanage Blues Festival since 2007. One of the UK’s hardest working bands since the release of their debut album “Blue Thrash Therapy” in 1997. They’ve played all the major UK blues festivals and in Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the USA.
ROBIN BIBI BAND JAM SESSIONS
Sat 1.00-3.30pm ConClub, Sun 2pm 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.
Sun 4pm The Centre
One of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around, their combination of gutsy slide guitar, rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals, creates a sound that is uniquely their own. They take you on a journey, from southern juke-joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance....
Fri 8.30pm Greyhound
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.
“Let’s face it, in adding the quality of his original material, the man is a downright genius” Blues In Britain.
THE FABULOUS DUCK BROTHERS
Fri 8pm Isle of Purbeck 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.
"Light and shade throughout every number and the volume just about as perfect as possible" "Close your eyes and it's like Eric and his band are in the room"
THE MILK MEN
Fri 9pm White Horse
The Milk Men is a band made up from the cream of British R’n’B talent and pedigree. With members of the Mustangs and Pirates on board, the band draws its influences from a wide range of classic bands from Dr Feelgood to Fleetwood Mac. Their original music is classic blues rock, but always played with attack, energy, melody and a sense of fun. Their latest album Spin The Bottle, has received rave reviews from the critics and looks set to cement their place at the forefront of the UK Blues Rock music scene.
Sat 9pm White Horse
Now celebrating their 20th year together, the Mustangs are one of the most established and best-loved blues rock bands in the UK. They have toured Europe, won awards and even played Glastonbury. 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 covers and requests from the audience. Perfect let your hair down fun for a Saturday night.
THOMAS LUCAS AND BEN WHITE
Sat 2.30pm The Centre, Sat 8.30pm The Greyhound, Sun 3pm Black Swan
Ben White and Thomas Lucas are two young musicians inspired by the music from the heyday of Chicago Blues. Such artists include Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson I and Little Walter, as well as plenty of original material inspired by that period of time.
TIM STAFFELL AND PAUL STEWART
Sat 2.30 Grand Hotel with the Great West Groove rhythm section; Sun 2pm The Greyhound
“Cool, bluesy music to relax to”. Tim is a former bandmate of Queen’s Brian May, and is depicted in the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He is a fine singer songwriter who will be performing some of his own compositions and others with Paul Stewart.
TREVOR BABAJACK STEGER
Sat 3.30pm The Centre
“Superb and accomplished musician delivering modern and original blues in an old-time Mississippi groove” – Richard Wall
VINCE LEE & THE BIG COMBO
Fri 8.30pm The Legion
A variety of blues, R'n'B, swing, jazz, slide and more from this excellent guitarist singer with his band. Come see for yourself!
ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION
Thu 8.30pm Zoe & Rob with Hugh Budden at The Legion, Fri 8.30pm full band Grand Hotel, Sun 2pm Zoe & Rob The Centre
Vibrant and melodic funky rocking blues featuring Rob Koral-guitar, Pete Whittaker-Hammond-organ, Dave Mayne-drums complimenting the commanding vocal delivery of Zoe Schwarz. The band refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess; expect an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs and exciting grooves, they mix old school tradition with contemporary flare and sophistication.
"Powerful singing and a stylish performer, great guitar work, phenomenal Hammond …. a great set” - LIVE at Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival, Blues Matters Dec 2019/Jan 2020