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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 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.
Info & Location
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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.
W.C. Handy Nomination for Watermelon Slim
16th December 2004
Watermelon Slim who was a last minute addition to the 2004 Festival on the Isle
of Man having squeezed us in as the last gig of his European Tour was that
weekend, by acclamation, the oustanding star after his scintillating
performance with the very excellent and unselfish Guy Davis. Slim
later described his show on the Isle of Man as the "gig of his lifetime" which
was very flattering and gratifying for us.
So for Slim's growing army of fans the news today that he has now been
nominated for the ultra prestigious gong, a WC Handy Award as "best newcomer",
Watermelon Slim has dedicated his life to the Blues and, at last, his
perseverence and self-belief looks as though it will be rewarded as he receives
what must be the second best Christmas present of a lifetime for a bluesman, a
W.C. Handy nomination. The reward itself must surely follow if the judgement of
the 2004 Isle of Man Blues Festival fans is any sort of guide at all.
Multi-linguist, Shakespeare scholar, MENSA member, Vietnam veteran and peace
activist Watermelon Slim has been on the blues circuit for many, many years and
now into his 6th decade he looks to be on the verge of the wider recognition
that he so richly deserves albeit as a "newcomer"!
WC Handy Awards