2021 festival Lineup
robbie reay

The essence of blues lies in it's open, honest, raw emotion. Robbie oozes this from every pore. His music displays an integrity that is becoming all too rare

Robbie Reay is a renowned virtuoso blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.  Equipped with a cigar box guitar, slide and licence plate stomp-box, he blends traditional material and original songs with incredible skill, variety and innovation. 

 

Let his blues heal your soul.

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The swamp hoppers

the finest blues from the north east

These guys will get the place bouncing with their take on "The Blues".  Featuring the legendary Ronnie Semple on Harp.

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Dori & the outlaws
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An Americana/blues band heavily influenced by the sounds of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.

When it comes to singing about struggle and emotion, there are few genres that match the intensity of country/blues music and Dori is not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve when writing her own songs, singing about both happiness and heartache in equal measures.

 

The songs are assisted in their excellence by some amazing and talented musicians, who obviously love the musical genre and deliver a professional and at times outstanding standard of musical ability. 

John Carroll
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acoustic blues with influences ranging from Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake to Muddy Waters, & Jimi Hendrix.

John plays a mix of traditional blues standards and his own compositions in his uniquely improvised style. He has a great rapport with the audience and likes to get everybody involved with the music.

 

An evening with John Carroll will take you on a journey of over a century of music and definitely leave you wanting more.

dr bob & the bluesmakers
A groove-based blues band from Ilkley playing a mixture of classic blues and original material.
A six-piece funky blues band from the Wharfedale Valley Delta. Playing original songs and covers with a twist Formed 5 years ago.  They have lots of gigging experience under their our belts and feature their latest recruit "Rachel Kerrison" on lead vocals.
Dr Bob & The Bluesmakers also run The Wharfedale Blues Festival so it's only right that we open our arms and welcome them across the border into North Yorkshire.    
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the wilbur project
70's style pub rock rhythm & blues
 
Hailing from England's smallest county, Rutland.  No nonsense, hard hitting Rhythm & Blues to get your feet moving.
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dc blues
york's own dc blues will give you a full-on, no holds barred experience with original material and carefully selected covers. 

DC Blues don't take themselves too seriously but they play some seriously good blues (just ask them what DC means and you will get several different answers).  They've been around since 2012 under various guises before settling on the current line-up.  Between them, they have 1000's of gigs under their belts and it is clearly plain to see that they have one hell of a good time when they play.  

And before you say it, yes, DC Blues did play at the 2019 festival as that is one of the perks of being the event organisers.

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nick steed five
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simply a brilliant band of superb musicians that will bring the 2021 festival to a close. 

Nick Steed is one of the best Keys players in the business and "The Nick Steed Five" has had two No 1 hits on the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Top 40.  They are a quality band and we're delighted that they will be headlining this years event.

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