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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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Barry Nelson Band - Click to Enlarge
James Tinkler - Click to Enlarge
Ben Dunderdale and John Cleator - Click to Enlarge
Walter Ego - Click to Enlarge
Walter Ego Rhythm Section - Click to Enlarge
Davy Knowles of BDS on Mandolin
Sunday dawned overcast but not cold. There was a lot of preparation to do
before the day's events could get under way and many thanks are due to those
few who helped to clear up the stack of litter, discarded bit of this and that
and all the rest of it. It's not a pleasant job but it simply has to be done
thanks to the thoughtless many.
Eventually some sort of order was restored, the PA was up and running and there we
were standing there looking around for the arrival of
. But there was no er...sign of them. Hey ho that's Jimmie for you - his head
is in a place where time simply does not figure. Lucky him.
Barry Nelson Band
stepped into the breach and played a wonderful acoustic set of mellow Sunday
Afternoon material perfect for Festival Sunday and to wind down to after the
rigours of the previous couple of days. Very enjoyable.
eventually turned up and I have to say played a very excellent set of stuff
that like the Barry Nelson Band before him seemed to fit the mood of the
afternoon in perfect synchronicity.
took to the stage next, togther with John Cleator on percussion and they too
joined in the lazy Sunday feel that was unfolding. The weather was picking up
too and there was even the odd bit of sunshine, enough to open one of the
Marquee "flaps" to get a through draft of fresh air.
brought us out of our quiet, contemplative mood with a blast of guitars from
John Barker and Steve Courtie as they burned and slashed their way through a
blistering set of blues/rock that prepared the marquee's packed to capacity
audience for the treat to come...
Back Door Slam
were welcomed to the stage like the stars that they might just one day become;
the entire marquee greeting them with applause, whistles,
Ross Doyle of BDS
shouts and the flashing of cameras. It was really quite extraordinary and more
than a little moving to witness them being received so generously by so many.
This was unquestionably the highlight of the weekend and the boys rose to the
occasion as though born to it.
Davy Knowles of BDS
They gave us the whole nine yards: their
Rory Gallagher stuff on Mandolin and guitar (bringing the
house down...again), blues standards, Hendrix, wailing electric guitar, subtle
acoustic songs and of course Stevie Wonder's Superstition. There doesn't seem
to be anything that is beyond them and through it all the diffident smiles and
"you want another one - do you mind if we play one of our own?" Mind? We'd love
Jamie Armstrong of BDS
Very often the band that closes the Festival finds it's audience tired and
weary after a long and enjoyable weekend but Back Door Slam enjoyed a capacity
audience that was there just for them and enjoying every minute.
Some of the backstage PA gear
it was time to play the last song, pack up the gear and close the book on the
2005 Festival it was obvious that we had all been witness to one of the finest
debut performances ever. The best.
As these three lads went back to school on Monday morning they must have
returned much like conquering heroes - they well deserve their hour in the sun.
for The Bandstand Saturday Review as well as all the other venues.