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.
BACKWATER ROLL BLUES BAND
Raw, dirty guitars and dirtier harp, performing old fashioned. Led by Harpmeister Miff Smith, this 6-piece band deliver powerful blues music with passion and swagger.
BEN TYZACK & GUY TORTORA
Take two leading musicians from two of the UK’s favourite bands - Ben Tyzack (Spikedrivers) and Guy Tortora (Guy Tortora Band) – add an array of guitars, some harmonies and a few musical surprises, and you’re guaranteed a soulful, rootsy performance that will light up the stage.
‘shivers up your spine … spellbinding! Ben & Guy delivered on every level’ - Blues In Britain
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!
Is it Blues? - Yes. Is it Raga? - Yes. Divyanand Caird (Saraswati Veena), Dheeraj Mishra (Tabla) & Robert Hokum (vocals, guitar) explore the common ground between Asian music and the Blues. Prepare to have your ears opened!
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!
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
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.
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Under the watchful eye of Father Ken, the Fabulous Fezheads blend a mixture of Dance, Danger and Music that will Astound, Astonish and Amuse.
Bringing together the best hits of the iconic UK blues rock bands Free and Bad Company, Free’s Company provide a definitive tribute. This four piece band are delighted to return for the second time to the Swanage Blues Festival to showcase the songs sung by 'The Voice of Rock' - Paul Rodgers, including Alright Now, Wishing Well, Mr Big, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Movin' On, Feel Like Making Love and many more!
Gary is a founder and ever-present member of The Blues Band and has appeared or recorded with Peter Green, Maggie Bell, Van Morrison, John Mayall and more. Singing his own songs plus the odd cover, Gary accompanies himself on guitar, slide, banjo, mandolin and possibly ukulele!
His album releases include the acclaimed ‘In Solitary’ solo offering which, along with the electric ‘Giant From the Blue’ album, rated 4 stars from Maverick and R2 magazines. Gary has featured on Bob Harris’ BBC R2 show and on his YouTube channel ‘Under the Apple Tree’.
GEOFF GARBOW BAND
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
Open Mic Blues Jam with guitarist/singer Geoff Hills. Great fun and all standards very welcome.
The Grand Hotel’s Master of Ceremonies, Sound, Lighting & Stage Manager, Guest Artist and Band Leader all weekend
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 guest appearances especially his own band’s slot and the Festival Finale
JAM SESSIONS WITH ROBIN BIBI
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
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!
KAREÑA K BAND
An award nominated, soulful singer/saxophonist and recording artist, Kareña K can belt out those blues, or sizzle like torch-singers past. Expect an eclectic set of blue-eyed soul, blues, blues-rock and funk. Bring your dancing shoes!
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
The Luke Doherty Band had a highly successful showcase slot at Stan's Blues Jamboree during the October 2017 Swanage Blues Festival and Luke was the 2018 UK Blues Award winner for Wales. Since then they've been playing many major festivals and deservedly too. No spoilers from me, check 'em out, just do it.
OPEN MIC SESSIONS
Dave Griffiths runs the Open Mic stage at The Red Lion and welcomes live performances from all genres. It’s 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.
PAUL LAMB & CHAD STRENTZ
Multi award-winning British recording artists Paul Lamb (one of the greatest harmonica players of our time) & Chad Strentz (one of the best Blues singers in Europe) work together at what they do best - playing what they feel and feeling what they play.
Despite a full band touring schedule, this hugely talented and entertaining duo still find time to deliver outstanding acoustic Blues and more
PETE HARRIS AND…
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 Simon Reid on bass and Brian Wright on drums.
Top keyboards man with amazing range of styles and moods whatever he touches. Soul, blues, jazz, funk… you name it!
RIVERSIDE BLUES BAND
"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!"
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
Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz on guitar, bass, drums and harmonica.
STAN’S BLUES JAMBOREE
Yet another cornucopia of blues performances, starting with Stan’s Blues Jam, followed by Showcase Slots, then a second portion of electric jamming.
Acoustic blues from the Delta, Chicago, Texas and British Blues with the spirit of Riverside Blues Band
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 with his own bands and as a sideman, playing and singing on 50 albums later, he retired to Swanage. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jo-Ann Kelly, Billy Boy Arnold, Duster Bennett, Brewer’s Droop, Mark Knopfler, Dave Edmunds, Marty Wilde, Lonnie Donegan, the Roxon Roadshow, Don Everly, Albert Lee, The Boogie Band and many more will figure in his autobiography - if he ever finds time to write it.
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 BARONESS & THE BEAR – RHYTHM TRAVELLERS
Julie and Bob started performing together in 2014. Although they have played several times at Swanage this will be the first time as a four piece band. Their music covers many styles including traditional classic and old blues such as Lil Green and Willie Dixon, Cakewalks and Gospel to modern styles such as Tom Waites and Madelaine Peyroux with some jazzy turns and their own originals along the way.
THE FABULOUS DUCK BROS
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 Jawbreakers: Blues, Jump Jive, Film Noir and Swing all wrapped up in a four piece combo! With Dave Simms on drums, Les Calvert (ex Mungo Jerry and Alexis Korner Band amongst others!) on bass, Philip Brannan on Teletastic rhythm guitar, and E D Brayshaw (fresh from collaborating with Blues Hall of Fame inductee Wily Bo Walker) on guitar and vocals.
THE MILK MEN
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. The band will be releasing a third album in January 2020 and will be playing brand new tracks from that album at Swanage, alongside a mix of tracks from both their previous albums, and some choice classic rock and blues covers.
Approaching 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. This year they released their 11th album, Watertown, which received overwhelming critical acclaim and a host of 10/10 reviews, with some calling it a "masterpiece". 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
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 ROBERT HOKUM REVUE - Fronted by three singer/songwriters (David Stone, Sam Willoughby & Robert Hokum) backed by the powerhouse drumming of Niall Brennan. Tight grooves, memorable original songs, harmony vocals and quality musicianship.
THE SEPIA SWING SHOW TWINS
If you are a regular to Swanage, you will have seen David Raphael and Nick Hyde over many years as part of The David Raphael Band. David is also a regular side-man with Robin Bibi and a multi-instrumentalist with Blue Hayz. Nick has been a long-time member of The Mighty 45s, Uncle Buck and new band Quick Fix.
Together, they run a monthly acoustic music club and for the festival they bring together the flavours of Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and more. Best to get to your seat early. Ladies and Gentlemen, this what they call The Blues...See you there!
THE TIM STAFFELL / PAUL STEWART BAND (Staffell & Stewart)
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.
TOMMY ALLEN and…
Street-style Chicago blues from the 1950s and much more from this amazing singer/guitarist and friends
TOMMY HARKENRIDER AND THE ORANGE COUNTY ROCKETS
Originally from Las Vegas and and coming from a strong musical family background, Tommy Harkenrider has established himself as one of the great living West Coast Blues artists. Travelling to Swanage from his home in California and with a great band made up of local blues alumni, Tommy will be joining us during his UK tour.
TREVOR ‘BABAJACK’ SEGER
Trevor is making his debut at Swanage having been a familiar face on the UK blues scene for many years. “He has an immediacy and charisma that draws you close to the music and I cannot think of any other solo artist that I’ve heard in the last couple of years who demands your attention in the same way. He makes music that I want to listen to”- Alan Pearce Editor, Blues Matters
ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess. With 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 and feature on this occasion Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ.