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JULY 20TH - 22ND

2018

WINNERS

BEST BLUES BASED FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

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OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

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WELCOME TO

UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL 2018 ONE AND ALL!

“BEST BLUES BASED FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR” OUR BIGGEST NEWS THIS YEAR IS WINNING THE U.K. BLUES AWARDS We were shortlisted against some stiff opposition from all over the UK, but came out on top – so thank you to everyone who voted for us.

You’ll find in this programme a handy “Gig Planner” so you can plan your festival from the 144 free gigs on offer over this Blues weekend. We have lots of new things going on this year - our new Big Top Stage replaces the Meadow Stage: every year, I hear someone saying after the weekend, “I never got to see the other stage, spent the whole time on the River Front.” I promise you it’s worth the walk to the Big Top Stage - it really does have a chilled-out feel. We’ve secured a full road closure for the High Street and Old Street, which will make getting to venues a lot safer for everyone. We have a new venue joining us this year: “The Rollin Hills” opposite The Old Church Tower, known as the Pepperpot tower wants to be the festival’s jam session venue, so pop in and welcome them to the festival proceedings.

We’ve improved the campsite stage which was such a success last year: Keren and the Events Horizon team will be running the campsite stage as well as dishing up freshly prepared breakfasts, tasty tarts and salads for lunch, and fab curries and other gorgeous dishes for supper. Make sure you have a look in Upton’s quaint Tudor Museum – also opposite the Pepperpot – and check out the pirate display in the window, created specially for the Blues Festival. Our own radio station, 87.7 Radio Upton Blues, is broadcasting again this year - make sure you tune in, and why not go and see them next to the Big Top Stage in the Rugby Club car park? Remember the dancers from last year? If you fancy having a go at it yourself, we have workshops on Saturday & Sunday morning in the Big Top. So put on your dancing shoes! Be sure to visit our merchandise partners Slant Riggs at their stand opposite Ye Olde Anchor Inn pub. Not only have they extended their range of merchandise on offer, but they are also our main festival programme sellers in the town this year. So that’s what we’ve been up to – now it’s down to you. Soak up the atmosphere, sample some great food and drink, and most of all enjoy the music of the multi award-winning Upton Blues Festival! Grahame Bunn - Festival Chair Have a corker and we’ll see you again in 2019


SID SQUIRES

It is with great sadness we have to inform you all of the passing of an Upton Blues Festival and Upton Town legend! Sid Squires who had been an integral part of every festival the town has ever put on, sadly passed away during the 2018 Upton Folk Festival. With his wife June they ran the burger van opposite the King’s Head, there is no other way of describing him but as a great character and a showman through and through. He was even born at a fair on Worcester racecourse! You would always get a cheeky smile or comment from him and he was always willing to help anyone that needed it. We are really happy that his widow June will still be here this year in their usual spot; please show her your love by buying a burger or giving her a thumbs up if you are passing the van. We are just a bit concerned about who is going to cut her onions for her!

SUPPORTING THE WIDER COMMUNITY Upton Blues Festival is a unique, family friendly, triple award-winning event. As the UK’s largest free Blues Festival it is less well known for its work in supporting the wider community. We fund music workshops for children in schools during the run up to the festival, culminating in the opportunity to perform on stage there. Led by Jay Riley, a small team of professional musicians give children of all abilities the chance to learn an instrument and to develop their confidence. If you want to invite Jay Riley and his team to your school he can be contacted through: www.jayrileymusic.com

JAY RILEY

Working with the Charities Commission we have managed to change the Charitable Objects of the festival. This is exciting because it now frees us to be able to give more money to a much wider range of local, educational and blues individuals and organisations. To date our Objects have been so restrictive that its been almost impossible to give the money we raise away. So shortly after the 2018 festival we will launch our new programme inviting applications for funding from the festivals available reserves. This is a very exciting opportunity for us to have an even bigger effect on the Upton, music education and blues communities. Full details to follow so ‘watch this space!’

Starting in 2017, we have recycled used instruments for the benefit of disadvantaged children attending the workshops. Upton Blues Festival pays for repairs before giving these instruments to children who can’t afford their own to play on at home. Redundant instruments are welcome! Do donate them to Upton Blues Festival. Email Grahame Bunn: chairubf@gmail.com Previously Upton Blues Festival presented £40,000 to the town for the complete repair of the dilapidated tennis/netball courts. It also gave a local school £2,500 to update its sound system. Future plans are to increase the coverage of schools and instrument recycling. The Festival trustees have also widened our objectives so we can help a greater range of local good causes. We are very grateful and hope that you continue to enjoy and support Upton Blues Festival.


MEMORIAL HALL

LECTURE JOE O’DONNELL

SUNDAY 22ND 11:00 - 12:00

HELD UPSTAIRS AT THE MEMORIAL HALL Joe O’Donnell, Limerick-born violinist and composer, worked in many top bands in the 1960s and 1970s including Granny’s Intentions, East of Eden, Headstone, the Woods Band and Thin Lizzy, before launching his solo career. In 1977 Joe released Gaodhal’s Vision, his first album as leader, on Polydor. It was recorded with top musicians of the day, including the great guitarist Rory Gallagher, with whom Joe enjoyed a close musical friendship. 40 years later he has completely re-worked the album, remixing the original 2” master tapes and adding previously unheard material, as Gael’s Vision 40th Anniversary Edition. This includes acoustic and electric guitar solos by Rory, and additional tracks by members of Joe’s dynamic band Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla. For the Upton Blues Festival Joe will talk about his early start in music, about moving from classical and folk to rock, and his memories of working with Rory Gallagher. 

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WHAT’S ON

ACOUSTIC STAGE Nestled halfway between the Riverside and Big Top stages you will find the Hobson’s Acoustic Stage. Located in Upton’s Memorial Hall it is an oasis of calm amongst the Mardi Gras atmosphere of the festival. It has been referred to as the Jewel in the Crown of the Upton Blues Festival - pop in to see the great set-up and you will realise why. The Memorial Hall has a limited capacity and the Acoustic Stage is very popular so you will need to get there early if you have a specific artist you would like to see. The Acoustic Stage is completely self-contained with its own Hobson’s Bar and toilet facilities and it also hosts the Saturday Late Night Jam. This is run by Bluesman Ian O’Regan and is an exclusive event for our campers only.


ROY METTE & MANDIE GRAHAM’S ROUGH & READY Mandie Graham (Roadhouse) and Roy Mette who together make a hell of a racket, but a nice one.... KEITH CHRISTMAS With a mixture of philosophy, storytelling and some fiery politics played in a fast, driving fingerpick style BECCA LANGSFORD & VINCE LEE Well known on the south west blues scene. Performing together since 2008 in a variety of different bands and on several musical projects ADAM SWEET Performing as a guitarist since the age of 15, heavily influenced at first by the classic rock and blues of the 60s and 70s THE RUMBLESTRUTTERS Bringing Prohibition era to the party! The Swansea-based acoustic three-piece vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of the 1920s TOM MALACHOWSKI Up and coming Blues/ Folk musician from humble beginnings in the small city of Norwich, Norfolk in the U.K with influences taken from the very roots of blues and folk music SWAMPCANDY Hailing from the U.S. Swampcandy are a nasty deep blues duo that sounds like a full

band. The blues they play is the dirty old Mississippi kind MIKE MCKEON, DR BLUE This from Mike’s biog:…..I’ve been described as many things, but ‘the bastard son of Tom Waits and Howlin’ Wolf’, has got to be my favourite THE BLACK FEATHERS A duo from Cirencester who have the most amazing voices in perfect harmony, big favourites of the acoustic stage KATEY BROOKS Singer-songwriter Katey Brooks has a unique sound that epitomises the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up JIM BLAIR Jim is from Swindon, plays lap slide on his many beloved Weissenborn guitars, his powerful sound will blow you away! ELLES BAILEY Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge IAN O’REGAN Ian has Blues blood running through his veins. He is very passionate about music and also presents a local radio show and writes as a reviewer

PAUL MC CLURE Paul McClure is also known as the Rutland Troubadour, he has a relaxed writing style and a very humorous delivery when playing live ANDREW BAZELY Andrew plays authentic old Time blues on his collection of Vintage guitars, one for the afficionados! DAN BURNETT Dan was spoon-fed blues, soul, funk, and rock music from an early age by his parents. His father, Laurie Burnett was a well respected guitarist playing in many well known bands TROY REDFERN & BECKY TATE The teaming of Troy and Becky Tate singer of Locally based Babajack can only be something to behold and savour! HANNAH ALDRIDGE Hailing from Muscle Shoals in the U.S. Hannah made a great impression on the Acoustic Stage last year and has kindly agreed to come back over the pond as she loved the festival. If you missed her, you definitely missed out! DAVE FERRA His accomplished rack harp, fingerpicking and slide interspersed with a gentle, self -depricating commentary worked well in an intimate setting. setting

THE SWAPS The Swaps closed the Acoustic Stage last year with an amazing set, you could hear a pin drop in the Memorial Hall we just had to have them back this year MUMBO JUMBO A big taste of New Orleans Gumbo in the heart of Worcestershire….. Saucy! Did you see what I did there? SOUNDS OF SPRINGSTEEN, BOSS ACOUSTIC This is a set of Bruce’s Blues, stark Americana, folk meditations and sing and stomp-a-long hits played acoustically on guitar/slide, harmonica, mandolin, bass, fiddle, stompbox, cajon and hand percussion

THE BLUES JAM The Blues Jam is one of our ways to say thanks to our campers who support the festival. You have to be a camper to get in and if you are a musician you have the opportunity to come on stage and play. It’s a great party which happens from Midnight on the Saturday until 2am. Hosted by our compere Ian O’Regan and his house band you will be able to sit in on selected numbers

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BLUES DANCE

WORKSHOP SAT AND SUN 11:00 - 12:00PM

We’re you at the Upton Blues Festival last year? Did you see the great bunch of people dancing all weekend to the amazing live bands? Wanna learn some cool moves so you can do your thing too when the music starts to flow? Well, we’re back this year and this time we’re running a couple of FREE dance classes. Come along and join us each morning and we’ll teach you some super cool stuff. Saturday - “Jook this Joint” - When the music gets fast or funky, let’s find a great way to release all that energy. And we can add loads of attitude into the mix as well! Sunday - “Cool and Smooth” - When the music is mellow or seductive, let’s just go with the flow. We can even add in some super cool “dips” and “tricks” into our dancing. As well as the classes, you’ll definitely see us around dancing and just generally having loads of fun all weekend. We might even be able to play some music ourselves have some impromptu dancing too, just look (or listen) out for us!! If you want to know more about what we do, please have a look at www.districtswing.co.uk or email info@districtswing.co.uk for more information.

UNDER THE BRIDGE

GRAFFITI PROJECT FVS are a four-man graffiti crew based in the South West, collectively hailing from Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Bristol.

After coming together through the Cheltenham hip hop and graffiti scene, they joined forces to share influences, unique styles and a mutual passion for street art and music. Hip hop is an integral focus for the group, who are well-known for writing, producing and performing in the local area and beyond. With this hunger for creating original art and music, the crew are honoured to have the chance to contribute to such a prestigious festival - in a town so close to where they grew up. On Saturday 21st, FVS will be painting a blues-themed mural under the bridge to celebrate both the festival and the town of Upton-on-Severn. Come down to witness live graffiti art at its finest, and meet the team behind it.


2018 LISTINGS THURSDAY 19

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18:00 19:30 20:00 20:00 21:00 21:00 21:00

BLUE MOON BAR SEVERN DINO BAPTISTE YE OLDE ANCHOR INN BOURBON ALLEY THE SWAN HOTEL MISTER WOLF THE STAR INN HOTEL TWO DOLLAR SALAD THE BOAT HOUSE LOCKED AND LOADED BAR SEVERN STONE CUTTERS THE PLOUGH INN

FRIDAY 20TH 12:00 BRILLEAUX BIG TOP STAGE 12:00 CHILLI COOL OPEN MIC BAR SEVERN 13:45 JENNY WREN AND HER BORROWED WINGS BIG TOP STAGE 14:00 BENNY GALLAGHER AND FRIENDS YE OLDE ANCHOR INN 14:00 SICKNOTE STEVE THE PLOUGH INN 15:00 WHITLEY ACADEMY RIVERSIDE STAGE 15:00 DR BLUE THE SWAN HOTEL 15:30 REVEREND ROBERT BIG TOP STAGE 15:45 ROBERT J HUNTER RIVERSIDE STAGE 17:00 ROY METTE & MANDIE GRAHAM ROUGH N READY ACOUSTIC STAGE 17:00 STONE CUTTERS THE PLOUGH INN 17:15 ADAM SWEET BAND BIG TOP STAGE 18:00 CLARE FREE BAND RIVERSIDE STAGE 18:00 ANDREW BAZELEY ACOUSTIC STAGE 18:00 JACK HAMMER THE SWAN HOTEL 18:00 THE EXECUTIVES CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 18:00 THE DELRAY ROCKETS BAR SEVERN 19:00 KEITH CHRISTMAS ACOUSTIC STAGE 19:00 BEX MARSHALL TRIO BIG TOP STAGE 19:00 THE EXECUTIVES CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 20:00 VINCE LEE & BECCA LANGFORD ACOUSTIC STAGE 20:00 THE LOL COOK EXPERIENCE THE WHITE LION HOTEL 20:00 NICE ’N’ SLEAZY THE PLOUGH INN 20:00 HOT TUBES LITTLE UPTON MUGGERY 20:15 SIMON HONEYBOY HICKLING RIVERSIDE STAGE 20:00 MAY MITRENKO THE STAR INN HOTEL 20:00 THE EXECUTIVES CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 20:30 MEAN EYED CATS THE WHEELHOUSE 21:00 RIVER CHICKENS BAR SEVERN 21:00 PAUL MCCLURE ACOUSTIC STAGE 21:00 ROB HERON AND THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA BIG TOP STAGE 21:00 STEVE AJAO’S BLUES GIANTS THE SWAN HOTEL 21:30 HAUNTED SOULS THE BOAT HOUSE 22:00 ADAM SWEET ACOUSTIC STAGE 22:15 REBECCA DOWNES RIVERSIDE STAGE

SATURDAY 21ST

11:00 ROUTE 66 WITH ALAN WHITE - EXHIBITION & TALK UPSTAIRS IN THE MEMORIAL HALL 11:00 BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP BIG TOP STAGE 11:00 FOREGATE STREET BLUES BAND BAR SEVERN 11:00 HOT TUBES LITTLE UPTON MUGGERY 12:00 BIG MAC’S WHOLLY SOUL BAND RIVERSIDE STAGE 12:00 ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH LARKHAM & HALL THE WHITE LION HOTEL 12:00 JACK THE BISCUIT THE SWAN HOTEL 12:00 MISTER WOLF THE PLOUGH INN 13:00 BIG WOLF BAND BIG TOP STAGE 13:00 RUMBLESTRUTTERS ACOUSTIC STAGE 14:00 SON’S OF EDDIE THE STAR INN HOTEL 13:00 TOMMY ALLEN & RAY DRURY CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 14:00 MUMBO-JUMBO ACOUSTIC STAGE 14:00 DINO BAPTISTE YE OLDE ANCHOR INN 14:00 TOMMY ALLEN & RAY DRURY CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 14:00 THE NOTORIOUS BROS THE WHEELHOUSE 14:00 THE GLASS BAND BAR SEVERN 14:00 CHICAGO BYTES THE PLOUGH INN 14:30 THE MENTULLS RIVERSIDE STAGE 15:00 THE BLACK FEATHERS BIG TOP STAGE 15:00 TOM MALACHOWSKI ACOUSTIC STAGE 15:00 BORN HEALER THE SWAN HOTEL 15:00 PANIC STATION LITTLE UPTON MUGGERY 15:00 TOMMY ALLEN & RAY DRURY CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 16:00 SWAMPCANDY ACOUSTIC STAGE 16:30 DAVE ONIONS THE WHEELHOUSE 16:30 MA POLAINE’S GREAT DECLINE BIG TOP STAGE 16:45 TOM C. WALKER RIVERSIDE STAGE 17:00 SOUNDS OF SPRINGSTEEN ACOUSTIC STAGE 17:00 THE DELRAY ROCKETS THE PLOUGH INN 17:30 COBALT BAR SEVERN 18:00 FOREGATE STREET BLUES BAND THE SWAN HOTEL 18:00 MATT WOOSEY CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 18:30 DAVE ARCARI BIG TOP STAGE 18:30 RIVER CHICKENS THE WHEELHOUSE 17:00 LUKE DOHERTY BAND THE STAR INN HOTEL 18:00 MIKE MCKEON (DR BLUE) ACOUSTIC STAGE 19:00 THE BLACK FEATHERS ACOUSTIC STAGE 19:00 MATT WOOSEY CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 19:15 JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE RIVERSIDE STAGE 19:30 FORTY BLUE TOES THE WHITE LION HOTEL 20:00 KATEY BROOKS ACOUSTIC STAGE 20:00 GROOVY HEAD LITTLE UPTON MUGGERY 20:00 PANIC STATION THE STAR INN HOTEL 20:00 SOUL STRIPPER THE PLOUGH INN 20:00 MATT WOOSEY CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 21:00 THE STUMBLE BIG TOP STAGE 21:00 JIM BLAIR ACOUSTIC STAGE 21:00 ROGUES & WITHOUT FLIGHT BAR SEVERN 21:00 DAWG ‘N’ BONEZ THE SWAN HOTEL


21:00 GINANNI ROCK THE WHEELHOUSE 21:30 BORN HEALERS THE BOAT HOUSE 22:00 ELLES BAILEY ACOUSTIC STAGE 22:00 KINGSIZE SLIM RIVERSIDE STAGE MIDNIGHT LATE NIGHT JAM WITH BLUESMAN IAN O’REGAN ACOUSTIC STAGE

SUNDAY 22ND 11:00 BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP BIG TOP STAGE 11:00 JOE O’DONNELL - WORKING WITH RORY GALLAGHER UPSTAIRS IN THE MEMORIAL HALL 11:00 GROOVY HEAD LITTLE UPTON MUGGERY 12:00 BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR RIVERSIDE STAGE 12:00 LORISE ETON & THE STEALERS BAR SEVERN 12:00 MISTER WOLF THE SWAN HOTEL 12:00 NICE ’N’ SLEAZY THE PLOUGH INN 13:00 TREVOR BABAJACK STEGER BIG TOP STAGE 13:00 ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH LARKHAM & HALL THE WHITE LION HOTEL 13:00 SONS OF DELTA CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 13:30 IAN O’REGAN ACOUSTIC STAGE 14:00 THE SWAPS YE OLDE ANCHOR INN 14:00 BACCHUS THE STAR INN HOTEL 14:00 SONS OF DELTA CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 14:00 THE FERRETS THE BOAT HOUSE 14:00 STEVE AJAO’S BLUES GIANTS THE WHEELHOUSE 14:30 STONE MOUNTAIN SINNERS RIVERSIDE STAGE 14:30 DAN BURNETT ACOUSTIC STAGE 14:45 SWAMPGRASS BIG TOP STAGE 15:00 SONS OF DELTA CONWAY CASTLE BOAT 15:00 ZOE GREEN BAND BAR SEVERN 15:00 BACK PORCH THE SWAN HOTEL 15:00 THE EXECUTIVES THE PLOUGH INN 15:30 TROY REDFERN & BECKY TATE ACOUSTIC STAGE 16:00 BAD MOON THE BOAT HOUSE 16:00 FORTY BLUE TOES THE WHEELHOUSE 16:30 DAVE FERRA ACOUSTIC STAGE 16:30 THE WHISKEY REBELLION BIG TOP STAGE 16:45 ROBBIE MCINTOSH RIVERSIDE STAGE 17:00 EASILY LED THE STAR INN HOTEL 17:30 HANNAH ALDRIDGE ACOUSTIC STAGE 17:45 WILL KILLEEN BAR SEVERN 18:00 4 THE RECORD THE SWAN HOTEL 18:00 TBA GUEST ARTISTS THE BOAT HOUSE 18:00 THE DELRAY ROCKETS THE PLOUGH INN 18:15 JOE O’DONNELL’S SHKAYLA BIG TOP STAGE 18:30 THE SWAPS ACOUSTIC STAGE 18:30 NICE ’N’ SLEAZY THE WHEELHOUSE 19:00 KRIS BARRAS RIVERSIDE STAGE 19:00 LOCKED AND LOADED THE WHITE LION HOTEL 19:30 TBA GUEST ARTISTS THE BOAT HOUSE 20:00 THE WORRIED MEN THE STAR INN HOTEL 20:00 MELVIN HANCOX THE PLOUGH INN 20:15 JO HARMAN BIG TOP STAGE 20:30 BAY RUM HOUNDS BAR SEVERN 21:30 THE QUIREBOYS RIVERSIDE STAGE

PLAN YOUR GIG LIST? THURSDAY 19TH

FRIDAY 20TH

SATURDAY 21ST

SUNDAY 22ND


WHAT’S ON

FRIDAY

BIG TOP STAGE

12:00

13:45

BRILLEAUX

JENNY WREN AND HER BORROWED WINGS

Brilleaux is a highenergy, hard driving, British-style rhythm and blues band from New Zealand in the style of bands such as Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson, and Nine Below Zero, and in a similar vein to earlier exponents of the genre such as The Yardbirds, early Rolling Stones, and Johnny Kid and the Pirates.

Acoustic Rhythm and Blues stripped back and blushed with country. Powerful emotional vocals delivered with an open-hearted honesty, supported by a heartbeat bass and dancing dirt-road guitars. A UK trio with a gutsy style, playing original music with an intuitive togetherness and impressive musicianship.

15:30

17:15

19:00

21:00

REVEREND ROBERT

ADAM SWEET BAND

BEX MARSHALL TRIO

Robert hails from Illinois and is a master of pre-war blues. He has delved deep into the styles of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and other delta blues giants. In the past two decades he has become accomplished at many other early 20th-century styles including ragtime and early jazz, Hawaiian, African and Caribbean.

Adam Sweet has been performing as a guitarist since the age of 15, heavily influenced at first by the classic rock and blues of the 60s and 70s. Since then Adam has steadily honed his craft and found his voice, and with well over 1,000 gigs under his belt is now successfully carving out a solo career.

UK British Blues Award winner Bex Marshall’s unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock, ragtime and roots pickin’. Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and rock diva soul. Bex is a writer of distinction and notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues, and now she tours with an incredibly tight three-piece band.

ROB HERON AND THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else – as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressingup box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.


RIVERSIDE STAGE 15:00 WHITLEY ACADEMY Whitley Academy is an outstanding school in Coventry and part of The RSA Academies. Whitley has taken part in the Upton workshops for the last 5 years. This year has also seen a weekly music session for confidence and self-esteem building for students in year 7-11 run by professional musicians financially supported by Upton Blues Festival.

15:45

18:00

20:15

22:15

ROBERT J HUNTER

CLARE FREE BAND

REBECCA DOWNES

Island born Robert J. Hunter combines his gruff and powerful voice with the wild thud of overdriven blues guitar.

With three highly acclaimed albums, a host of top Blues Festivals in the UK and overseas, and numerous international tours under her belt, Clare Free is a force to be reckoned with. Her roots lie in the blues but her influences go way beyond the genre, making her one of the most exciting new artists writing and performing in the blues world today.

SIMON HONEYBOY HICKLING

This is a road worn, dirty blues band that’s been honed to super tight perfection by sheer hard work and volume of shows.

Some blues bands exude talent, some set feet tapping, some engage the audience with warmth and good humour and a handful tick all of those boxes and deliver a complete performance. Simon Hickling and his band are one of the few that fulfil that description.

Birmingham-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, their music is the Blues, but they embrace elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz.


WHAT’S ON

SATURDAY

BIG TOP STAGE

11:00

13:00

BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP

BIG WOLF BAND A rock blues power house, with a distinctive guitar style and an array of well self-penned tracks, backed by the talents of Mick Jeynes (bass), Tim Jones (drums) and Paul Brambani (keys). Energy-filled sets, spontaneous improvised breaks, dynamic highs and lows, bringing a song down to a whisper before exploding with energy and power that capture the true meaning of live music!

Specialising in Swing, Jazz, Blues and other authentic dances from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, we provide a range of services that can cater to all needs, including: fun dance classes and workshops, private tuition, DJ’s playing music from the various era’s, dancing for special occasions and events, event management, loads of other cool stuff too!

15:00

16:30

18:30

21:00

THE BLACK FEATHERS

MA POLAINE’S GREAT DECLINE

DAVE ARCARI

THE STUMBLE

“Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man…” SEASICK STEVE

A blistering mix of blues, soul and old-school R&B, wowing audiences with the energy and virtuosity of their live performances for the past 20 years. Festival favourites in every corner of the UK and Europe. This is the band that Lazy Lester wanted to take back to the States with him and the band that the blues press widely recognise as one of the strongest live acts that the genre can boast in the UK.

After going down a storm on the Acoustic Stage in 2017 we have brought them back to play the Big Top stage for 2018. The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gatecrashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.

Alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via ten internationally-acclaimed solo album releases.


RIVERSIDE STAGE 12:00 BIG MAC’S WHOLLY SOUL BAND Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band, is a 12-piece outfit have played together since 1990 specialising in the gritty gospel roots-based sound of soul... everything from Wilson Pickett and James Brown to Sam Cooke. They’ve played Vienna, Cairo, Tenerife, Germany and Dublin with artists such as Van Morrison, Edwin Starr and Billy Ocean. A great live act guaranteed to get the crowd in the groove!

14:30

16:45

19:15

22:00

THE MENTULLS

TOM C. WALKER

KINGSIZE SLIM

With three albums under their belt, tours and supports with Wishbone Ash, Focus, Walter Trout among others and their new studio album ‘Reflections’ earning rave reviews, The Mentulls have been winning over audiences in the UK and Europe with their own unique brand of ‘prog blues rock’. The Mentulls have become known for their refreshingly unique sound that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd.

Paul Jones (Manfred Man, The Blues Band, BBC Radio 2).

JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE

“Tom Definitely Has Something” BLUES ARCHIVE “Tom is a force to be reckoned with, his guitar skills and vocals are way beyond his years and the whole band are accomplished musicians in their own right”

Born in Romford in the early 70s, Jamie knew from an early age that music had the power to move him, but it wasn’t until he immersed himself in the sound of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Stones and the Doors, that he began to write songs as an outlet for his powerful, complex teenage emotions. Jamie is a prolific songwriter having penned over a thousand songs!

In 2005 Toby Barelli aka KING SIZE SLIM began experimenting with a new sound. A sound fully conscious of its roots but with a new story to tell. Having spent the previous 4 years touring and recording with TwoTone pioneers ‘The Selecter’ along with other Ska and Reggae luminaries, the sound was always going to be rhythm led, heavy on the bass and rootsy in the melody.


WHAT’S ON

SUNDAY

BIG TOP STAGE

11:00

13:00

BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP

TREVOR BABAJACK STEGER

Specialising in Swing, Jazz, Blues and other authentic dances from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, we provide a range of services that can cater to all needs, including: fun dance classes and workshops, private tuition, DJ’s playing music from the various era’s, dancing for special occasions and events, event management, loads of other cool stuff too!

14:45

SWAMPGRASS Swampgrass play the mighty blues, steaming things up with a mix of swing and funk grooves, dancing and a whole lot of fun. Expect heavy grooves, loud guitar and one of the hottest up-and-coming female vocals on the circuit.

Trevor Babajack Steger is an established Blues musician, renowned for his unique playing style and exciting performances. He has recently decided to develop his solo career to delve into the Roots Blues music that has always been his passion.

16:45

18:15

From the deepest darkest jungles of Leicestershire comes a band so full of vibrant gypsy-punk energy that there is not a man or woman alive who can keep themselves from dancing like an idiot to their anarchic, upbeat folk rhythms. These hair-brained harlequins produce a sound that creeps up on your eardrums and throttles your unsuspecting brain from the inside out.

Never since the halcyon days of HORSLIPS have Irish musicians brewed such a heady mix of genres that amounts to a marriage of rock and folk. Focusing on the titular term for the future coined by Hopi Indians, O’Donnell’s palette spans the whole of the world as befits an artist who left his imprint on such milestone records as EAST OF EDEN’s “Another Eden” and JADE WARRIOR’s “Kites”.

THE WHISKEY REBELLION

JOE O’DONNELL’S SHKAYLA

20:15

JO HARMAN Soul. Blues. Gospel. Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of Jo Harman’s People We Become, a modern album rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations. “I’m not trying to fit in anywhere,” admits Harman, whose super-sized voice fills the record’s 10 tracks. “I’m just trying to write classic songs, and present them with classic production.”


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BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR We are so pleased that Birmingham Community Gospel Choir have agreed to come back this year and fill the traditional Gospel Sunday Morning slot. Founded in June 2005 and bringing together singers of all ages and backgrounds from across the city, they are directed by experienced singer/songriter, Maxine Brooks. With their dedicated members, BCGC travels all over the country to meet the needs of all of their supporters. Their dedication means that they are happy to sing Inspirational, as well as Gospel songs, as their focus is on demonstrating the gift of song God has given to them and touching their audiences’ lives.

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STONE MOUNTAIN SINNERS “One minute summoning the ghost of Janis Joplin, the next, channelling Paul Rodgers and the dusty Americana of Jason Isbell” - Rhythm & Booze “Worth hitching on to for the Inevitable, Scorching ride!” - SLAP Magazine Sometimes, timing is everything. 2018 will see the official debut of Stone Mountain Sinners as well as national tour dates to promote their first release.

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THE QUIREBOYS

Robbie McIntosh has legendary status among his fellow musicians. His career to date includes spells as guitarist with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, John Mayer and Norah Jones. Robbie has played many of the world’s top festivals and venues. Among his numerous TV and radio appearances, Robbie was with Sir Tom Jones on Jools Holland’s BBC TV show on New Years Eve 2015, and with Zucchero in 2016.

Kris is one of the UK’s most exciting BluesRock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies and technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. His band’s unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the ‘must-see’ Blues bands of 2018. Voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the readers of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine.

With a new album White Trash Blues the genre’s legends come thick and fast. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and Billy Boy Arnold are all afforded a unique Quireboys makeover. Never has Spike sounded so authentic and the band so audibly confident. There’s a neat bourbon in your glass, a good woman on your arm and a long night of hard partying ahead. All you need is the band.

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FIRST AID COVER County Medics Ltd is a medical events company that is based in Evesham, Worcestershire and will be providing the first aid cover at this year’s Upton Blues Festival. We pride ourselves on helping support local community events and are excited to be working with the Upton Blues Festival for the second year running. It’s great to see local events get bigger and better each year and to be able to be a part of that. Please feel free to say hello to our staff over the weekend, as they will be working hard to ensure you are all safe and well. From all of us here at County Medics, have a fun, safe and pleasant festival. Nick Tuckwell (Operations Director)

COOP COMMUNITY FUND Upton Blues Festival were the happy recipients of the Coop Community Fund awarded to us last year. It was given to us as part of the Coop initiative to support local good causes or charities so that the involvement and benefits would be felt directly in the Community. With the £2360 we were able to buy Upton Primary School an upgrade to their out-of-date PA system, which would benefit the school performances, pantomimes, end-of-term plays etc. and in the wider sense all the contact that the school has in the Community.

The head teacher Mrs Julie Wills hoped that in the future the school would be able to hire out the hall for Community Events as the updated system would be more versatile for general use.

BUCKET COLLECTORS This year we are joining forces with the Nathan Tomkins Trust, a local charity started in memory of a local young man. The charity’s aim is raising awareness of mental health issues. Anything collected in the charity buckets over the weekend will be split 50/50 between the Nathan Tomkins Trust and Upton Blues Festival - both great causes and both doing great things in the local community. Please dig deep and fill the buckets with your loose change; your donation could save or help change someone’s life!

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CAMPSITE INFO

WHAT’S GOING ON? THE CAMPSITE STAGE AND CAFÉ

YOGA WORKSHOP ON THE CAMPSITE

The Campsite Stage is being run for the first time this year by Keren Hayden and the team at Events Horizon. Serving from breakfast to supper, you can expect freshly prepared breakfasts (full English to die for), tasty tarts and salads for lunch, and fab curries and other gorgeous dishes for supper. And lots of cake! They cater for all diets too, so drop Keren a line on Facebook or via kerenhayden@gmail.com if you need to know more.

You will be able to attend a Yoga Workshop with Ranni Shant Perry who will be next to the Campsite Café and it will be held in the early morning from 7.00am – 9.30am.

Events Horizon are also organising the Music on the Campsite Stage.

THE MELODIAN REPAIRER ON THE CAMPSITE The Melodian Repairer will be In his usual place on the Campsite selling his amazing array of musical instruments and may organise a Barn Dance or Ceilidh on Sunday Afternoon if there is enough interest, so go along and talk to him about it!

An ancient yoga that has existed for over 1,000 years, Akhand means “without break” - by practising every day we will get results. The programme will include: • Maram - Airovetic gentle pressure points for health and vitality of body • Asanas - Postures and exercises • Pranayama Breathing exercises • Meditation He has a FaceBook page www.facebook.com /akhandyoga1984 Please come and find Ranni and talk to him if Yoga is your passion too.

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20:00 THE LOL COOK EXPERIENCE

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SUNDAY 22ND

13:00 ACOUSTIC SESSION HOSTED BY LARKHAM & HALL FEAT. TOP GUEST ARTISTS 18:00 LOCKED AND LOADED

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21:00 - 23:30 STONE CUTTERS

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12:00 - 14:00 MISTER WOLF 14:00 - 16_30 CHICAGO BYTES 17:00 - 19:30 DELRAY ROCKETS 20:00 - 23:30 SOUL STRIPPER

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12:00 NOON - 14:30 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY 15:00 - 17:30 THE EXECUTIVES 18:00 - 17:00 DELRAY ROCKETS 20:00 MELVIN HANCOX

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CAFE, BOOKSHOP & ANTIQUES

OPEN AT 9.00AM FOR BREAKFAST & THROUGHOUT THE DAY TILL 5PM DURING THE FESTIVAL FRI, SAT & SUN Once inside, “Henry’s” unique deco style will help you find your idea of bliss; be it a good book, great coffee, one of our specialized events or the ability to while away the time checking your emails with our free Wi-Fi. You could choose all four, topping it off with one of our glorious snacks or a piece of homemade cake. Our charming café offers a scrumptious array of freshly prepared food including delicious sandwiches, homemade quiches and hearty platters using local produce where possible, as well as homemade cakes and deliciously smooth Italian coffee. Henry’s is situated in lovely Upton-uponSevern a small Worcestershire town of great character and charm, which has retained an independent and relaxed outlook on today’s rapidly changing world, a place where the shopper and visitor will find the traditional values of courtesy and service.

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JULIE RANKIN INTERIORS

BITS AND BOBS

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An Everchanging Eclectic Mix of Items

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Staunch supports of the Festival.

HEATH COTTAGE ANTIQUES

HAYWARDS

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Ironmongers, Plumbing, Building Materials and Electrical Goods

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Traditional Sweet Shop

Clothes of Distinction

29 Old Street

7 New Street 01684 592 328

All your favourite sweets, ice-cream and milkshakes. Call in and see us.

For that warm and personal touch.

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Spiritual Shop & Holistic Therapies

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THE MALVERN MEAT COMPANY

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Tea, Coffee, Rotisserie Chicken and Hot Food Served

Sales, Service and Repairs

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Open all weekend.

Cycles and model railways.

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BANJO’S Fresh Filled Breakfast and Hot Beef Rolls

36 Old Street 01684 594 181 Open from 7am all through the festival.

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BIG TOP STAGE HOBSONS ACOUSTIC STAGE FESTIVAL OFFICE THE ROLLIN HILLS (JAM VENUE) LITTLE UPTON MUGGERY BAR SEVERN (FORMALLY UPTON SOCIAL CLUB) THE WHITE LION HOTEL THE WHEELHOUSE CONWAY CASTLE BOAT YE OLD ANCHOR INN THE STAR HOTEL KING’S HEAD THE BOATHOUSE THE PLOUGH INN THE SWAN HOTEL NEW STREET PLAYGROUND

THE UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF TIME & EFFORT FROM THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE: Rowan Thomas Brian Keen Annie Steggles Steve Steinhaus Grahame Bunn Trevor Steger Frazer Sheppard Shaun Roberts

Ruth Etheridge Amanda Stone John Wright Chris Cutting

OUR TRUSTEES: Mike Morgan Oliver Carpenter Ruth Etheridge Rhiannon Edwards

THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HELPS TO PUT THIS FANTASTIC EVENT ON BUT SPECIAL MENTION NEEDS TO GO TO: • Bill & Peggy and the Bridge House team • Steve Steinhaus our great compère • Brian & Denise for being the Acoustic Stage • Ian O’Regan for running the jam session • The RSA Academies, Jay Riley and the Upton Blues Workshop team • Exac-one Ltd for letting us store our lockup • All our volunteers over the weekend • The gang at Longside Radio • Upton Town Council • Peter & Oliver Surman from Surman Farms • Angie & Sarah and the PSA Sea Cadets • Upton Tourist Information Centre • Shaun Roberts and the security team • Nikki Moore • Claire Bunn & Diane Gallagher • Rowan Thomas and his electrics & logistics team • Andy & Crew from Eclipse Sound and Lighting • John Wright and the bars team of AleWrightNow • Carl’s Duckles and the Upton Rugby Club • Modus Design, Websites & Print in Worcester • Slant Riggs Embroidery for the merchandise • Ben Leeke and the camp site Gate Crew • Keren Hayden and the team at Events Horizon our new partners running the campsite stage, bar and catering • MHDC, special mention to the refuse Collection Team • Upton in Bloom for making the town look great • Mike Paines Garage • Toby Spiers • JJ Scaffolding • Tom Foort • Colin Smith and his team, especially Dan! • Andrew Perrins • Steve Cass • Fleet Line Markers Ltd • Gemma Dewson from Causeway Design • Blake Hobbs from Ocean Blue A really big thank you to all the Publicans & Licensees who get involved every year by providing all the bands in their venues and the literally hundreds of musicians who have performed throughout the town and campsite by the end of the festival. Special thanks goes out to the townsfolk of Upton upon Severn for letting us take over their pretty town every year, without their support it wouldn’t happen! Programme designed by

www.modusagency.co.uk

BUT MOST OF ALL WE’D LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING AND BEING SUCH AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL!

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Upton Blues Festival  

2018 Official Festival Programme

Upton Blues Festival  

2018 Official Festival Programme