Programme - Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival


Doors 19:30 ~ Performances 19:45 to 23:45 ~ Bus Timetable

Saturday 5th
Daytime Line-Up
Sunday 6th
Daytime Line-Up
Mud Morganfield Buddy Whittington
Kris Dollimore Paddy Milner
Cherry Lee Mewis Marcus Bonfanti

We are excited again to bring a line up of incredible international talent.

On Saturday night, we start with solo performance from Kris Dollimore who, along with his guitar, delivers a blistering acoustic delta blues. This is followed by Cherry Lee Mewis, twenty six year old female singer songwriter from north Wales with a power-house vocal delivery who has helped turn roots ‘n’ blues music into a cool, swinging fusion that’s both classic and yet contemporary. She will be performing for us with her excellent band.

Headlining at the Pavilion on Saturday 5th May is Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of one of the biggest names in Blues music, Muddy Waters. Over the last two years, Mud has been delivering his charismatic Chicago blues of the highest order to audiences around the world. He looks and sounds strikingly like his old man, so much so that one of his dad's former sidemen said "It's like watching a ghost in the flesh!"

On Sunday night, a man who has played many times on the Isle of Man and built a loyal following of Manx music fans, Marcus Bonfanti makes his debut at the Big Wheel Blues festival. "Marcus Bonfanti deserves to become the next British blues guitar hero”, The Guardian.  Following Marcus in the middle slot on Sunday Paddy Milner will be performing his unique take on blues and boogie woogie with a band consisting of drums, trumpet, trombone and euphonium. Jools Holland says “He makes the piano sing”

Headlining on Sunday is the stunning guitarist Buddy Whittington. Buddy came to prominence in the 80s as guitarist in John Mayal’s Bluesbreakers and has been described by his ex-boss of 15 years as “possibly the greatest Bluesbreaker of them all”. Considering that the boss is John Mayall and the “all” includes Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, this is some accolade.

Such a rich variety and incredible quality of talent could not have been lined up for the 2012 festival without the continued support of our very generous sponsors.