FRIDAY 26TH JULY
@ CIVIC CENTRE
From the first note you can feel it – that thing you just cannot put a finger on, that thing you know is real but cannot see. This is the feeling you get when you listen to something so pure and authentic that you know there is way more to it than just notes and rhythm. Otis Redding had “it”, Nina Simone had “it”, Marvin Gaye and Etta James had “it”. Some people call “it” spirit also known as soul.
“Dani Wilde is a modern day British blues phenomenon… Live at Brighton is a treat for the ear and the eyes…the overall effect is breathtaking”
– Blues Blast Magazine
SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk.
SATURDAY 27TH JULY
CROSSFIRE BLUES BAND
Hailing from the South of England, new band Crossfire are rapidly gaining traction in the live music community, with a combo of blues, soul, jazz & funk
ZOë SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION
“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them”
– Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC Radio 2
“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist”
– Rhetta Akammatsu, Making A Scene USA, 2017
Miller Anderson and Bob Brookes with The Juice celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most famous music festival with ‘ Woodstock Revisited ‘ . Miller is a Woodstock survivor having played at the festival in The Keef Hartley Band. The band’s set will feature some classics from the likes of Canned Heat and Creedence Clearwater Revival and many others including of course The Keef Hartley Band.
SUNDAY 28TH JULY
The Highlands Inn – Afternoon session in garden ( free to public )
Barber & Taylor
Hollie Rogers & Tom Holder
Hollie Rogers has an “Amazing voice” (Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd) and is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose live performances consistently receive outstanding reviews, with regular references to the level of honesty in her lyrics and songs. Hollie has supported acts like Suzanne Vega, Midge Ure, Paolo Nutini and Ralph McTell. Her music is playlisted in all Caffè Nero stores worldwide.
The Big Blue
Crosscut Saw-Albert King and The Sky is Crying-Elmore James played by The Big Blue. The Big Blue was founded by guitarist/singer, Stuart Bligh, in 1993; the band has a loyal fan base in South-East England & beyond. They are seen here performing at the ‘Highlands’ during Graham Pope’s Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival 2016. Video by UKRay
SUNDAY 28TH JULY
The Highlands Inn – Evening session in restaurant
Sam Brothers is a hugely talented young singer songwriter who performs a brilliant mix of folk and blues, including some of his great originals together with some classic old style blues. Sam has already appeared at many prestigious venues often supporting The Pretty Things and occasionally playing as part of The Pretty Things as was the case at last year’s Isle Of Wight Festival.
He was spoon-fed soul, blues, funk, and rock music from an early age, and began learning to play after receiving a keyboard for his 3rd birthday. With his mother’s encouragement and father’s guidance, before his teens Dan was playing gigs throughout Yorkshire in his dad’s blues band – and from then on live performance became a way of life..
Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 86,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.