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!
BARONESS & THE BEAR
Sun 3.30pm Swanage Bay View
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.
BIG AZZA & THE JUKESTERS
Fri 9pm The Legion
Harmonica fronted Blues band playing top quality R&B, Swing Soul & Blues just how they should be played.
Fri 9pm Herston C&C Club (TBC)
Blues with an edge... Guitar, bass and drums, plus the captivating Andrea Maria!
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 and Guests
Fri 9pm The Ship, Sat 9pm White Swan
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 3.30pm Grand Hotel, Sun 5.15pm Swanage Bay View
Doctor Slideshow are a post-modern medicine show, playing original songs with roots on an eclectic range of instruments. Prepare to be entertained!
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.
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.
Thu 8.30pm The Legion, Master of Ceremonies / Guest Artist / Floor Manager at the Grand Hotel all weekend including Sun 2pm with the Blue Chords and Guests (acoustic) and Sun 8.30pm with the Blue Chords and Guests for the Festival Finale
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 1pm YHA
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!
Sat 9.30pm Grand Hotel, Sun 8pm Swanage Bay View
An energetic blend of jumping R’n’B, danceable soul & swing, and rocksteady ska-blues. Acrobatic double bass, honking sax, and pounding-piano guarantee a roof-raising all-night blues party.
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 6pm & 8.15pm Tawny’s
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.
Sat 2pm Grand Hotel, Sun 4pm Swanage Bay View
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 6pm White Horse
Funky Rocking Blues, guitar, bass, drums, vocals (and what vocals!) by Lorna Fothergill.
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 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 Drury play Blues, Soul & Rock'n'Roll. Pete Harris Blues Band plays Chicago-style Blues with all three 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 & DAVID STONE
Thu 8.30pm The Legion, Sat 5.15pm, 8pm Grand Hotel, Sun 2.30pm, 6.30pm, 9.45pm Swanage Bay View
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)
Original , Dynamic , Passionate , Heartfelt Rocking Blues played with energy and attitude featuring Robin’s own unique blend of virtuosity and showmanship
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
Thu 8.30pm The Legion
Our festival organiser and 1960s/70s house pianist and harp player at the legendary Nag’s Head Blues Loft, High Wycombe followed by extensive touring until 2000 when he retired to Swanage. The names Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Billy Boy Arnold, Duster Bennett, Marty Wilde, Lonnie Donegan, Don Everly (Brothers), Albert Lee, Mark Knopfler, Dave Edmunds and many more will figure in his autobiography - if he ever writes one!
Thu 8.30pm 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.
SUBURBAN STEPS TO ROCKLAND
Fri 8.30pm tbc
A film about the ‘Cradle of British Rock’, the venue that saw the birth of The Rolling Stones and so many others! The Ealing Club opened in 1962 and was Britain's first Rhythm and Blues venue. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Paul Jones, Eric Burdon, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and many more youngsters (!) learnt about The Blues first hand from Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner. It became known as The Cradle of British Rock, thanks to its role in creating a new musical movement whose participants continue to influence the sound of contemporary music.
Fri 9pm Swanage Bay View, 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. This March they will be launching their new album GOLD TOP at the festival, the follow up to their critically-acclaimed debut FULL PHAT. They band will be playing many new tracks from the album, alongside old favourites from their debut, and some choice classic rock and blues covers.
Sat 10pm White Horse
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 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.
TINY TINA BAND
Sat 5pm Swanage Bay View, Sun 5.30pm The Legion
Perfect blend of the blues roots of Tina Turner's hits, with heartbreaking guitar solos, crunchy vocals and a pumping passionate rhythm section
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