The 13th award winning Tenby Blues Festival takes place over the weekend of 16th/18th November. From Friday until Sunday our beautiful seaside town will be rocking to the sounds of Blues music of all hues as large numbers of visitors and locals descend on the town to dance, listen, and have a bundle of fun.
Three ticketed venues – the de Valence Pavilion, Church House and Fourcroft Hotel – will be hosting shows by some of the most exciting and sought after Blues musicians around, featuring international and national performers, with women artists well represented as always.
Headlining the de Valence on Friday will be the sensational American band Lightnin’ Willie and the Poorboys with support from Dave Arcari and the Paul Garner Band.
On Saturday another American, the Reverend Shawn Amos (and his band), takes to the stage on his first European tour.
The Reverend is an astonishing performer, equally at home with downhome Blues as he is with modern Soul, and he gives his own unique twists to classics by the likes of David Bowie and Prince. Support comes from the Eddie Martin Band (Eddie will also host a slide guitar workshop in the Fourcroft Hotel on Saturday lunchtime) and the Husky Tones.
On Sunday, the Festival presents two of the finalists in the 2018 British Blues Challenge – runners-up Catfish are rising stars of the rocking Blues scene, and the winner, Kyla Brox, is an amazingly powerful singer whose set is rooted in Blues, Gospel, Soul and Rock.
As if that weren’t enough, the opening act on Sunday is an exclusive collaboration between two amazing young singers – Bella Collins (currently recording with the legend that is Andy Fairweather Low) and Pembrokeshire’s very own Jodie Marie. Newly but widely popular Catfish follow, with the Festival closing act the Kyla Brox Band, winners of this year’s British Blues Award. That’s the way to end a festival!
On Saturday, the Festival offers an alternative, quieter, acoustic venue, at Church House. Three acts, Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (of Blue Commotion), the Washboard Resonators (who play good time, old time Blues on instruments that include car horns and kazoos), and French based country Blues artist Paul Cowley, are set to thrill the audience.
Saturday and Sunday also feature the Blues Trail which sees 30 acts perform at cafes, hotels, clubs, bars, and restaurants all over Tenby from noon until late. These include not only the best local blues acts but performers of national renown who play at Tenby because they love the vibe. From the full on funky Blues rock of String Theory (aka the Luke Doherty Band) and the Worried Men, through Proper Records’ new signing Glas, to the Bluegrass and Country infused tunes of Ian Cal-Ford and His Acoustic Preachers, there is truly something for everyone. And all the Blues Trail gigs are free entry!
Full details on the website – www.TenbyBlues.co.uk.