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2004 FESTIVAL ARTISTES
The who's who of Festival 2004; pictures, links, the lot
Many of the Fest bands and musicians
who have appeared over the years
Bio's, pic's and loads of info.
2004 GIG REVIEWS
Photo's and Gig Reviews of ALL the stages/venues of Festival 2004
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The "Acoustic Stage" (in reality an eclectic mix of music from Delta Blues to
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ISLE OF MAN BLUES CLUB
The Manx Blues Club; where the Festival sprang from
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Stage: MAIN STAGE GIG REPORT 2003
Photo's and Report on the
Charterhouse International Blues Pavilion
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Walter Ego - Click to Enlarge
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The Barry Nelson Band - Click to Enlarge
Noon, Saturday 14th May 2005, beautiful weather; warm and sunshine to go. The
Blues Marquee in Laxey station is filling up fast.
totally involved and completely compelling way. Back Door Slam appears to
me to be an ego-free zone (when there's just the three of them on stage) which,
combined with their ability, their control of the music's dynamics and their
presence attracted audiences like no other band
at this year's Festival or perhaps any other Festival in our 7 year history.
It's not too much to say that the audiences love them. It's amazing to witness
- it really is.
have the perhaps unenviable task of opening the day's session but they rose to
the occasion and delivered a first class set of blues and blues/rock by the end
of which the marquee was full.
Back Door Slam
set up for their gear and then blasted into their set in what I can only
as a slightly diffident, modest,
are used to grabbing audiences by the
mataphorical throat and so weren't in the least fazed by having to follow BDS
and delivered their vocal, harmony soaked material wonderfully well. These guys
work hard and it shows. A perfect contrast to the rest of the
afternoon's music .
Very well known local musicians
The Barry Nelson Band
somewhat surprisingly only made their Festival debut this year. Somehow or
another it hasn't worked out in previous years but this year they made it and
played throughout the weekend at various venues. Barry seemed to be having a
pretty good time and even commented to me that the Festival was "better than the
TT" - steady mate!
are a UK based band who have been coming across for the Festival for the last
four or five years but this time I felt that they had taken a real step forward
and they played and sang better than ever. It has always been a pleasure to see
them at the Festivla but this year was a little bit special.
All too soon it was 6.00pm and time for the Bandstand to make way for the Main
Stage which shares the same venue. There was gear to shift and PA sound checks
to be run through, some nourshment to be taken and the horses needed to be
for The Bandstand Sunday Review 2005
for The Main Stage Gig Reviews 2005