The 12th Tenby Blues Festival takes place over the weekend of 10th-12th November. From Friday until Sunday this beautiful seaside town will be rocking again to the sounds of blues music as large numbers of visitors and locals descend on Tenby to enjoy 39 bands perform in 24 venues.
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.
Headlining the de Valence on Friday will be the brazen guitar of Aynsley Lister; Saturday sees Rebecca Downes top the throne, having been voted the British Blues Vocalist and Emerging Artist 2016. And on Sunday, the Festival goes worldwide, with Harry Manx (a Canadian, born on the Isle of Man, offering a blend of Indian blues) and Senegal’s Diabel Cissoko, with African kora-driven Saharan blues. This is an exciting new dimension for Tenby Blues, always endeavouring to evolve.
On Saturday, the Festival offers an alternative acoustic venue, at Church House. Three acts, headlined by the ‘20s and ‘30s music from Max de Barnardi & Veronica Sbergia, are set to capture a quieter appreciation. On Saturday afternoon, this venue will host a tribute, open-mic-style to local musician Nic Thomas, a Tenby Blues regular who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Saturday and Sunday also feature the Blues Trail which sees nearly 30 acts perform at cafes, hotels, clubs, bars, and restaurants all over Tenby from noon until late on Saturday and Sunday. These include not only the best local blues acts but performers of national renown who play at Tenby because they love the vibe. Check out the blast of the Mark Pontin Group or Hideaway Trio, the energetic RnB of Glas, the delicate rockabilly of John Lewis, etc etc …… And all the Blues Trail gigs are free entry!
In the de Valence’s Café Pura, you’ll also find the Dec & Eugene Juke Joint, a home to classic blues vinyl. There, too, will be George Parfitt, with his display of home-made cigar box guitars.
What a box of treasures! Come see what you can discover; dare you even stay away?