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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
Vast archive of Photo's and Gig Reviews of Previous Festivals
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..
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Fest - Who are these
ISLE OF MAN BLUES CLUB
The Manx Blues Club; where the Festival sprang from
venue, dates, history etc..
The Festival is mostly FREE
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Bio's, pic's and loads of info on most of the artistes that have ever appeared.
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Where is it? Here!
Includes Photo's of Laxey
How to get to the Isle of Man
Stage: MAIN STAGE GIG REPORT 2003
Photo's and Report on the
Charterhouse International Blues Pavilion
Stage: ACOUSTIC STAGE
The Acoustic Stage has it's own web
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fest.s, pictures and details.
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Ben at The Centenary Arts Centre Peel 2005 - supporting Chris
Ben started playing the guitar at the age of 10 but decided to take it up
seriously at 15. Since then he has experimented with various styles and played
with various bands both on the island and across in England.
The first band he was involved with was Aftermath, a Ramsey based Rock/Metal
band. This was Ben's major influence in style on the guitar and favoured
music, listening to bands such as Iron Maiden, Pantera, Deftones….
At the age of 17 he started to write songs which lead to the collaboration with
other local singer/songwriter Michel Jelski, forming of the band Fait, another
Ramsey based group but acoustic and vocal harmony based. This is where Ben
first attempted to sing also.
After moving to Liverpool in 2001 to undertake a music diploma Ben continued to
write but mainly concentrate on his guitar playing. Still mainly playing Prog
Rock and Metal.
In 2002 he joined the band G2, a Liverpool based Indie/Rock band with which he
stayed for a year 1/2 before retreating from the band scene for a while to
concentrate on production and guitar playing.
2004 saw Ben start his own solo acoustic project, taking influence from Martin
Simpson, John Mayer, John Smith and Bob Dylan. Ben also played guitars for Ste
Headly, a Liverpool based singer songwriter, for a period.
Currently Ben is finishing his music degree in Liverpool whilst continuing his
solo project and also playing guitars/keys for a northern based commercial
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