Bowness Bay Blues has built a reputation as 'a flagship for the very best of British blues' according to www.bluesinthenorthwest.com. Comments from visitors in March 2015 included 'My new favourite blues fest. Fabulous weekend. I've booked our accommodation for next year' and 'A great weekend all round'.
The Rotary Club of Windermere, who organise the festival, are convinced that 2016 will be the best yet.
The programme will once again offer a wide range of top-class music, from acoustic to Chicago-style blues, from roots, soul and funk to electric blues-rock. The Friday highlight will be Trafficker, fronted by superb guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Allen. The Saturday headliner will be Sean Webster & the Deadlines, one of the best bands on the British and European blues scene, featuring outstanding vocals from Sean Webster. And the festival will finish with virtuoso multi-instrumentalists Wille & the Bandits, listed in BBC Radio 1's top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014.
There are two new features for the 2016 festival: a 2-hour Twilight Blues Cruise on Windermere, featuring a unique acoustic collaboration between top blues musicians Jon Amor and Sean Webster; and a Fringe Festival in Windermere, with live music in four venues, Grey Walls, The Lamplighter, Queens Hotel and The Elleray.
Held the weekend before Easter, Bowness Bay Blues is a 'feel-good event' in more ways than one. Local shops and restaurants benefit from increased trade, and the festival raises several thousand pounds for selected national and local charities.
Full programme details
Friday line-up: Tommy Allen & Emil Engstrom (acoustic), Xander & the Peace Pirates, TRAFFICKER
Saturday line-up: Blue Horizon, Christian Sharpe Trio, Dean Newton, Della Grants, Graham Straughton, Paul Rose Band, Redfish, Scarlett (Keri & Jed Farish), Simon Honeyboy Hickling Band, South Quay, SEAN WEBSTER & THE DEADLINES
Saturday Blues Cruise: SEAN WEBSTER & JON AMOR (ACOUSTIC)
Sunday line-up: Chris James & Martin Fletcher, Elderly Brothers, John Verity Band, Marauders, Tin Pan Alley, WILLE & THE BANDITS
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