Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival adds international flavour to line up


The Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival returns on Saturday 21 to 29 July with more than 70 live performances for the FREE, nine-day celebration of the genre. This year, the long-running festival features a melting pot of artists of local, national and international acclaim.


From the US, the Reverend Robert from Charleston, Illinois makes a welcome return to the festival bringing with him accomplished slide guitar playing and a deep knowledge of early Blues and Ragtime. The Spikedrivers’ Ben Tyzack and Constance Redgrave hail from South Carolina and Los Angeles respectively. Along Northern Irish drummer, Maurice Mcelroy, they will be performing their own brand of ‘hard picking’, ‘in your face style’ of Blues. Another coup for the festival are the European Blues Challenge 2013 winners and International Blues Challenge 2015 finalists, Max and Veronica. Max de Benrardi and Veronica Sbergia are on tour from Milan, Italy. They play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s.


Closer to home, British Blues Rock guitarist and one-time Robert Plant band member, Innes Siburn, will be making a much-anticipated return to Gloucester. Hipkiss, fronted by the 2012 British Blues Award-winning saxophonist, Patsy Gamble, and Muddy Manninen (ex-Wishbone Ash) will be headlining the opening night at The Dick Whittington. Closing the festival on Sunday 29 July at the Café Rene Greyfriars Stage is the critically-acclaimed Elles Baileyfrom Bristol. Blessed with an incredible voice, her 2017 debut album ‘Wildfire’ reached number 2 on the iTunes Blues Chart.


Tim Porter, who works alongside festival organisers Marketing Gloucester, said: “I’m very excited for this year’s festival as we have managed to maintain the high quality of local, national and international acts. There’s an amazing mix of styles exploring the boundaries of the Blues. What makes this festival so popular and enduring is its accessibility to Blues novices and aficionados. The atmosphere in the city over the nine days is electric with all the venues working in partnership to bring this successful event to Gloucester.”


The Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival is part of SoMAC (Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture) and runs from Saturday 21 July to Sunday 29 July. It consists of over 70 gigs at Café Rene, Angie’s Bar, The Cross Keys Inn, The Dick Whittington, The Fountain Inn, Gloucester Brewery, The Old Bell, Peppers Café, The Tall Ship and Tank. Admission is FREE at all venues.


Visit the website at www.Gloucesterblues.comfor the full line-up and schedule.


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