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Island Aggregates sponsor the Isle of Man Blues Festival

Island Aggregates sponsor the isle of Man Blues Festival

Charterhouse Group International sponsors of the Isle of Man Blues Festival

Charterhouse Group International

Bushyfest 2005 is a fund raising event for the British Red Cross.

Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival is a fund raising event for the British Red Cross
Click to find out where we  are in the Isle of Man which is located in the middle of the Irish Sea

Debate, discussion and argument - gear, bands and gigs - it's your call

What's on in 2005?
All the bands, venues and times

Which stage requires tickets?
Click here for all the info including eTickets

Many of the Fest bands and musicians
who have appeared over the years.
Bio's, pic's and loads of info.


Poster 2005

The who's who of Festival 2004; pictures, links, the lot

Photo's and Gig Reviews of ALL the stages/venues of Festival 2004

Vast archive of Photo's and Gig Reviews of Previous Festivals

The Festival Site map is interactive - click on any of the details for more info

Interactive Festival Site Map - click to enlarge

The "Acoustic Stage" (in reality an eclectic mix of music from Delta Blues to flat out rock) at The Shore Hotel has it's own website which is now updated with new pictures and info..

The Manx Blues Club; where the Festival sprang from
venue, dates, history etc..

Info & Location

Be in the know...first

Keep us in the know and tell us about broken links, bands, gigs & any other news

Where is it? Here!
Interactive Festival Site Map
Includes Photo's of Laxey Village

How to get to the Isle of Man

Check the 2003 Festival and all the Gig reviews with a stack of pictures too

Without our sonsors
there would be no
Fest - Who are these
generous people?

Lady Isabella - the Great Laxey Wheel keeps on turning...
Laxey Wheel By Night

Set high on the hillside towards the hamlet of Agneash and overlooking Laxey Village is the Great Laxey Wheel and is as much associated with the Isle of Man as are the cats without tails. Built in 1854 the Laxey water wheel, known as the Lady Isabella after the wife of the Lieutenant Governor of the island at the time, was designed by the Manx engineer Robert Casement and engineered to pump up to 250 gallons of water per minute at a depth of almost 1,500 feet from the workings of the the lead and zinc mines operated by the Great Laxey Mining Company. In 1965 the Manx government bought the water wheel and the restoration work which followed, preserved it for future generations. Since 1989 it has been under the control of Manx National Heritage and is open to the public.

Click logo for Info and news about manx bands and musos

Blues in Britain Magazine Check it out
Blues In Britain Magazine on line

British Airways. Click to book on-line
Click to check timetables etc
and to book on-line
British European's Flybe.Com. Click to book on-line
Click to check timetables etc
and to book on-line
Isle of Man Steam Packet's Seacat service from Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast and Troon to Douglas Isle of Man. Click to book on-line
Click to check timetables etc
and to book on-line

A3 Island Marquees Ltd
A3 Marquees Ltd - a Fest 2003 sponsor

Bushy's Brewery supporting
the Fest since the last century.
Bushy's Brewery

Millichaps Furniture Store - Ramsey
Millichaps Furnishers - sponsors of BushyFest 2003

Domicilium: Internet Providers to the Festival
Domicilium - Internet Providers to the Festival

PDMS: On-Line Service Providers to the Festival
PDMS: On-Line Service Providers to the Festival

Absolute Scaffolding - Blues Marquee Stage
Absolute Scaffolding - Main Stage Suppliers

Laxey Garage & Manx Motor Auctions
Laxey Garage & Manx Motor Auctions sponsors of BushyFest 2003

Manntax of Laxey - tax advisers
Manntax of Laxey sponsors of Bushy's Big Wheel Festival

Triskel Promotions - Live Music Promotion & Support
Triskel Promotions - Promoting live music on the Isle of Man

Pete Woodman Guitars - Handcrafted on the Isle of Man

Road & Track for Motorcycles and Motorcycle Gear

Laxey Chemist: medicines, gifts, films, perfumes and toiletries

The Country Shop of Laxey

Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival 2005 is
a fund raising event for the British Red
Cross. Please give generously.
Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival 2003 is a fund raising event for the British Red Cross

Quine & Cubbon Printing & Plate Making Services
Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival 2004 is grateful to Quine & Cubbon for their help with posters and bunting - it's so easy!
Main Stage - Friday 2005

Friday in The Blues Marquee Main Stage 2005 - Click to Enlarge
When the original venue for the Main Stage was lost to us just two weeks before the Festival when the owner had his licence revoked we had a tricky fortnight. The day before the Festival the Licencing Court issued a licence to Derek Black-Kay who had stepped forward to run the bar for us, we had been given a lovely big stage by Absolute Scaffolding and The Village Workshop, A3 Marquees found a bigger tent for us and Bushy's had provided the bar and all it's equipment not to mention it's stock. Everything was in place by Friday May 13 2005 and by 5.00pm all the tickets had been sold for the first night of the Main Stage Gigs. It seemed impossible but it really was all on and we were raring to go.

So, Friday Night.

The Main Stage has always had three bands per night all invited from around the world. This year we decided to give an opportunity to a deserving and different local band to open each night and this paid us dividends, but big time. Back Door Slam - Main Stage Friday 2005 - Click to Enlarge A sold out gig, beautiful weather and the first night of the Festival got off to an absolutely wonderful start with Back Door Slam taking to the Main Stage in their first ever Big Wheel Blues Fest gig. There was a roar from the crowd that I don't think that I have ever heard before.The sound was perfect and the vibe was palpable as the band hit their stride from the very first note...and continued throughout their varied, measured and beautifully constructed set consisting of interesting covers, some world class originals and all of it played to the highest standards. Let's not ever again say "for their age" when talking about Back Door Slam . Never mind their age it simply does not get any better than this, but you know something? If these guys keep at it, itcertainly will get even better...and that's a scary thought.

Tim Hain Main Stage Friday 2005 - Click to Enlarge Veteran Bluesman Tim Hain had his flight cancelled last year at the last minute and had been determined to make this year's event so, cautious to a fault, flew over a day early.

Getting to the Island early allowed him to squeeze in a rehearsal (with local top flight rhythm section Danny Kneale - Drums and Andy Radcliffe - Bass and keyboard and violin player Roy Baker ), a radio interview, a spot of sightseeing and catching up on old times. But he had the job on following the fabulous reception given to Back Door Slam but unfazed, confident and much experienced Danny Kneale & Andy Radcliffe Main Stage 2005 - Click to Enlarge he and his rhythm section stepped into the lights and delivered a faultless performance that caught the imagination and attention of the audience who were very soon up dancing and singing along. When he finished a terriffic set of covers and first rate original work with Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" (OK, OK it may not be the Blues but this is one of the great songs in the pantheon of 20th century music) even those of us not given to singing were joining in on the chorus. It was well worth the 12 month wait to finally get Tim here.

String Theory Main Stage 2005 - Click to Enlarge Roland Chadwick and Michael Berk are, by any standards, two extraordinarily gifted musicians who bring to the Blues something new, subtle and, cerebral though it may be, very exciting. This is without any doubt whatsoever musicianship of the very highest calibre and it unquestionably went over one or two people's heads. For the rest it was a virtuoso performance (including a foot stomping "drum" solo played on Michael's guitar) which was as enjoyable an hour of musicianship that I can remember. I was, at one point, standing next to Davy Knowles, himself a very fine guitar player as Back Door Slam fans will attest, turned to me and said "wow man, this is just blowing me away". You couldn't have summed it up any better.

The Saturday Main Stage Gig review will appear here very soon.
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