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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
The 2004 Poster is available free to download right now
What was on in 2004
All the bands, venues and times
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..
Without our sonsors
there would be no
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
but which stages require tickets?
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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
site. You can check out: Previous
fest.s, pictures and details.
Domicilium: Internet Providers to the Festival
Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival 2003 is
a fund raising event for the British Red
Cross. Please give generously.
Molly Brown get stuck in
The Bridge - Friday
Festival 2003 opener at The Bridge on Friday night was the formidable
. She took hold of the room with the sheer power of her personality and talent
and whilst the audience was still small as she took to the tiny stage, at the
half point every table was taken and the audience utterly mesmorised by her
stunning power performance. This "little poppet" is a star.
It cannot be denied
(picture left) had sound problems and it took them a while to get into their
stride as Paddy, who is a very fine guitar player indeed, struggled to get the
sound to his liking. But nothing phases Kelly and as she stroked and cajoled
her double bass into action so her voice stroked the audience and Molly Brown
left their mark as Little Chuck Little had done before them.
Through absolutley no fault of their own the
(click on photo, right) were late on stage but kept their cool. Adrian Trelore
(Guitar & Vocals), Kev
Graham (Bass) and Phil Lister (Drums), set to and give us a solid r 'n b set to
send us away into the night smiley, happy people.
(Report from Dave Wade).
The Bridge was full to capacity as usual, and the
treated to as wide a range of blues styles as you can hear anywhere.
and Pete Woodman
set the ball rolling with material from Guy's album "Footnote to the Blues",
including "Sanctified Love" which includes the line; "the grass is always
greener when you don't have to cut it".
Next on were
Emily Druce and Steve Jones
(another resonator luthier - see picture left...of the resonator! The luthier
in this case is, of course, Pete Woodman).
Emily's voice can be delicate or strident,
wistful or gritty, but rarely angst riddled. By this time of the day many of
the crowd had got to the tired and emotional stage, but the room was pin-drop
quiet for the entire set. Emily fills the void left in the scene that occurred
when Joanne Kelly passed away, with sensitive interpretations of music from the
Delta. Steve's guitar playing complemented Emily's superbly and the standard of
performance was reflected in healthy CD sales.
had the huge task of following Emily, and used the resources of Martyn, Tim,
Johnny and Pete from the Wossawudu/Rebels without Applause collective to change
the mood up a few gears. Daniel is a very polished and professional performer
who showed why he is rated as one of the UK's top keyboard players. All in all
a good night and well up to our expectations for the Blues Club's contribution
to the festival.