The Big Wheel Blues Festival


The Big Wheel Blues Festival Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2016

The 2016 Big Wheel Blues Festival returns to its traditional Laxey home! Ticketed evening concerts on Friday and Saturday feature international artists in the The Pavillion in Laxey Glen Gardens and local musicians provide entertainment on free daytime stages during Saturday and Sunday. There will be acoustic acts in a marquee in the Glen Gardens and electric bands in the Working Men's Institute.

We're delighted to return to Laxey Pavilion, and look forward to working with the Children's Centre, Noa Bakehouse and Laxey Institute.

Tickets are 22.50 each night, online at, and from Peter Norris Music from Saturday 13th February.

Friday night opens with Giles Hedley and the Aviators. Giles' big, expressive voice and dazzling harmonica, bottleneck and lap steel playing equip him ideally for the Delta and Chicago blues that he has loved for fifty years. While respecting masters like Son House, and Howlin' Wolf, Giles and The Aviators add their own flavours, arrangement and songs, creating a sound quite unlike other British bands.
The second act on Friday brings back one of the most popular acts we've ever featured, the fabulous Kyla Brox and her band, with partner Dan Blomeley on bass. Described as first lady of British blues, and authentic soul diva, Kyla's range of voice and emotion, plus breath-taking flute playing are unique on the blues scene.

Headlining, from New York, is Sari Schorr, powerhouse vocals with a mix of blues rock, soul and funk. Sari has recently been inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. Her band The Engine Room features British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant. Sari kicked off her album tour at Carnegie Hall, performing with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Saturday night opens with Brooks Williams & Lightning Express, Statesboro, Georgia born roots guitarist Brooks Williams, ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel. The resulting sound is Transatlantic in the truest sense of the word, where Angel's world grooves and Seward's bass-lines meet Williams' blues-soaked Americana.

Next on stage is Martin Harley who stunned us with his band a few years ago. Martin is a supremely talented roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter and devotee of music from the Mississippi delta, slide guitar and many other forms of roots music, Guitarist Magazine said "Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues"

Headlining we have the Grainne Duffy Band, a welcome return for another superb artist. Having been favourably compared with Bonnie Raitt, Grainne sets the standard for modern blues and country female vocals, coupled with stunning guitar work and her ultra-tight band. Her rendition of I Would Rather Go Blind on her last appearance here has stayed in the minds of everyone.

The Festival Committee are hugely grateful to sponsors and supporters Domicilium Ltd, James Osborne Financial Services, IOM Arts Council, Manx Radio, Events Services, Peter Norris Music, and of course the Children's Centre and Noa Bakehouse.

As always The Big Wheel Blues Festival will be a fundraising event for local charities run entirely by volunteers.

Money raised in 2016 will again be going to the Isle of Man Children's Centre who will be organising a variety of family fun activities at the festival

We look forward to seeing you soon.