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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!
The Mines Gig Review 2005

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Saturday dawned warm and sunny - a perfect day for outdoor blues !

Click to Enlarge The StoneChase trio with the addition of Tim on harmonica kicked proceedings off as a crowd started to gather. By the Time the Jurby Mountain Daredevils took to the stage the area around the Mines was buzzing with people enjoying the sunshine and listening to some fine playing. The set by the Jurby Mountain Daredevils was one of my favourites of the weekend; their music had a raw quality to it that sent a shiver up my spine.

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Back Door Slam were along next and played a fine set which went down very well. The guys are great - they play music that is appreciated by an audience and also technically by musos. Good work guys !

Then we had the first of many 'musicians plucked from the audience' sessions with Roger "I can only do a couple" Leece sat behind the kit, Click to Enlarge Kate Bass on Vocals and Tim on harmonica backed by the StoneChase trio. Kate sang really well and the whole band gelled into a stomping blues machine that got the crowd going for 45 minutes until StoneChase had to head off to the Indie Tent.

While they were gone Carpe Diem got up and did their thing (sorry I can't review these guys, I wasn't there - or the band who were on afterwards).

To round out the evening StoneChase returned with the full band and got the place jumping with a full rockabilly sound. People danced, basses were climbed on and audiences participated.


Click to Enlarge A slightly overcast start saw Ken's son Master Peter Mitchell sitting in on drums for StoneChase but surprises were in store today. The Legendary Dr Dave brought along a fine blues group who entertained the crowd with some mighty playing including the welcome return of "Help me Baby". This was followed by the Stoned Rebels featuring Roger Leece on Drums, Dave Mac on keyboards, Click to EnlargeTim on harmonica, Kate and Matt on vocals, Ken and Johnny B on guitars and Johnny G on double bass. They covered a range of tracks from slow smoky jazz numbers all the way up to some stomping boogie woogie.

StoneChase again closed the Mines out and left as they had arrived. With a crowd, in the sun, appreciating some fine music from excellent local blues players.

Roll on BBBF06.
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