The Big Wheel Blues Festival


The Big Wheel Blues Festival 2017
Part II, Saturday 9th September

Saturday September the 9th sees Part II of this year's Blues Festival arrive at the Laxey Institute for a bring-your-own drinks party night.

Festival organiser Pete Christian said "The Institute is a lovely intimate venue, with slightly limited capacity so please book your tickets early. We've slashed prices to only 16 for the night, available from or by texting 432321. Bands will finish by 11.15 in time for late buses from Laxey. During the afternoon there will be free admission to the Institute to hear fresh local talent, further details to be announced nearer the time."

The Big Wheel Blues Band will open the night at 7.30, followed by the Manchester based Lauren Housley Band, delivering a fusion of blues, soul and Americana style country. Impossible to pigeon hole, Lauren's amazing voice has attracted comparisons with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Eva Cassidy and even Janis Joplin. Having recently played the Greenwich O2 Arena, Lauren is definitely a fast rising star.

The Festival committee are hugely looking forward to the headline act, West Weston's Bluesonics. A good friend of the Festival, having played here with various artists, Steve 'West' Weston is probably the most revered blues harmonica player in Britain. With musicians from Little Walter to Kim Wilson as his inspirations, Steve leads a high energy Chicago style RnB band, featuring the superb Paul Garner on guitar. Having appeared at festivals world-wide, Paul has been described as 'arguably the best guitarist in London' (Ain't Nothing But the Blues), and 'a musician with style, energy and originality - some killer blues guitar'(Blues in Britain).

The Festival Committee are very grateful to sponsors and supporters Domicilium Ltd, James Osborne Financial Services, IOM Arts Council, Manx Radio, Events Services, Peter Norris Music, and of course the Children's Centre.

As always The Big Wheel Blues Festival will be a fundraising event for local charities run entirely by volunteers.

Money raised in 2017 will again be going to the Isle of Man Children's Centre who will be organising a variety of family fun activities at the festival

We look forward to seeing you soon.