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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

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

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 - Saturday

The Saturday night ticketed event on the Main Stage in the Blues Marquee were not sold out at 7.30pm when the doors opened and the bets were on at what time the "sold out" sign would go up. 9.00pm was the answer and I lost my shirt. That's what being a pessimist does for you.

So at 8.30pm Steamroller took to the stage for their much anticipated "promotion" to Main Stage status. They did not disappoint. With a tight, controlled and very enjoyable set they caught the attention of the growing crowd with their opening harmonica driven number rfom John "JR" Robinson setting the tone of things to come. With some blistering guitar breaks from Phil Jennings who seemed occasionally to be in danger of catching fire air guitars were breaking out all over the place. The sax solos from Stephen Hind were a really attractive counterpoint to Phil's guitar and Stevie Gray's keyboard hit the spot every time. As we have come to expect from Steamroller the rhythm section (Steve Turner - drums and Davey Quayle - bass) were as tight and and locked together as always and yet they swing throughout. Unquestionably a perfect opening set.

Daniel Smith and his band were preparing in the "wings" as Steamroller came off stage and Dan immediately invited guitar player Phil Jennings to join them on stage. Daniel looking very relaxed and confident as he sat behind his piano gazing at the audience. And then they broke into some hot, hot, hot boogie-woogie and we were off... What followed was an hour of piano, guitar & bass (George Pearson on both), Phil Jennings (2nd guitar) and drums (Damon Sawyer). The material varied from the jazz tinged to the hot Chicago sound with some ripping stuff from Phil. Half way through the set Damon Sawyer on drums was left alone on stage to treat us to a drum solo much influenced by his time in Brazil. There are drum solos that can bore the pants off you but this was something right out of the top drawer and one of the highlights of the evening as indeed was the four-handed duet on piano with Dan and George. A very appreciative audience cheered and clapped as the Daniel Smith Band were introduced and as the final tune faded away Papa George tuned his guitars readying himself for the final performance of the evening.

We didn't know it at the time but George Papanicola otherwise known as Papa George was playing in considerable pain on Saturday night on the Mian Stage but it wasn't until Monday that he went to hospital and discovered he had broken his wrist in a bizarre and one-off football incident in Paris - but more of that another time... George is one of the hardest working bluesmen on the UK scene and with his busy gigging schedule it is not so easy to get a booking. But he is a hell of a nice bloke and he did indeed find time for us and naturally gave up his best, broken bones and all.

His baritone, late nights and maybe a cigarette too many voice can shake tall buildings and his finger picked resonator guitars accompany and enhance his songs beautifully. His CD's are first class and if you didn't grab yourself a copy on Saturday night 14th May 2005 and plenty in the marquee did, then you definitely should make the effort to get hold of one. Check out George's website by clicking now. Anglin Buttimore our sound engineer and no mean musician himself was playing them in the Blues Marquee during the Sunday morning set-up and many of us commented on the very high quality of the songs, the production and music - just like his performance the night before. Come back soon George.
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