UCKFIELD BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL

26th – 28th JULY 2019

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
@CIVIC CENTRE

CROSSFIRE BLUES BAND

7:30 PM

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

8:30 PM

“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 & BOB BROOKES WITH THE JUICE

9:30 PM

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

Kevin Barber & Mark Taylor perform an eclectic range of roots music, energised by driving bluegrass rhythms, tinged with elements of folk, blues and celtic music and sung in harmony. Using a range of instruments, including acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro, they are also, on occasions, joined by virtuoso fiddle player Amy-Brightling Reed, when they become Barber, Taylor & Reed.

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 

Matt Long

A star in the making if ever I saw one. Matt Long currently fronts Catfish and if you have ever seen them you will appreciate his talent. Matt also fronts Rough House Trio and joins Marcus Malone when Redhouse hits the stage. This is Matt’s second acoustic outing and a great cover of a great song by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

Nigel Bagge

Smoky vocals, fiery yet sensitive guitar. Toured Europe with Angela Brown & The Mighty 45s appearing at major Festivals in the 1990s & 2000s. Has performed with Peter Green, Chris Farlowe, Miller Anderson and was a founder member of the legendary Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation.

SUNDAY 28TH JULY

The Highlands Inn  –  Evening session in restaurant

SAM BROTHERS

7:00 pm

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.

DAN BURNETT

8.00 PM

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..

AYNSLEY LISTER

9.15 PM

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.

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