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All the bands, venues and times
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..
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.
Shades of Purple are from the Isle of Man and as such have a strong link with
the famous TT races that occur here each year. For the past few years they have
been performing to ever growing audiences at residencies throughout the huge
festival period. During the 2002 TT they supported an '80s' tour featuring (
Among others )
Curiosity Killed the Cat
reception they received from the three thousand strong crowd was tremendous and
proved their capability to perform alongside the seasoned greats
The aim of Shades of Purple is to take their live set to as many people as
possible throughout the UK and Europe. Currently self-managed the many
performances already undertaken have strengthened a resolve to carry on the
tradition inspired by Purple themselves of solid enterprise and a dedication to
Shades of Purple have existed as a unit now for over three years, originally as
a rock covers band, learning their craft together as one.
Their diverse individual elements have helped create a fusion of complementary
influence and outlooks on the music of Deep Purple. In bringing these
ingredients together they become less of a 'tribute' and more of a 'parallel'.
Audiences unfamiliar with the original material ( As many younger people are,
unfortunately ! ) find an easy introduction from the performance of Shades of
Purple who add a touch of the modern to the essence of the old.
A special 'feature' of Shades of Purple is their guitar combo of Blackmore and
Morse allowing a freedom to unlock certain songs with an authentic edge. This
allows dual guitar parts to be played live, mimicking the harmony overdubs of
the original material which often adds to the very fabric of the songs : the
melody section in the Speedking middle-eight or the Harmony lead in Mistreated