The Blues Trail takes place from noon until 7pm on the Saturday and Sunday in hotels, restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars all around Tenby. Admission to all these gigs is free. Details of who is playing where and when can now be seen below. Tickets for the main events are on sale elsewhere on this website.
Saturday 9th November 2019
Sunday 10th November 2019
Performers Booked are
Absent Sons is a two-piece acoustic blues band from London. They delve into the rich and dark history of the Delta blues, delivering energising, foot-stomping songs from across the last 100 years and sometimes even further back, with a few modern surprises thrown in, too. Luke and Matt deliver a raw and powerful sound with slide guitar, harmonica, vocals and stomp box. When you hear them play, you’ll swear you just wandered into a whisky-soaked juke joint.
The Bay Rum Hounds
The Bay Rum Hounds play country blues, swing, gospel and ragtime, with maybe a bit of R&R thrown in for good measure. Featuring guitar, harmonica, bass and drums.
A long standing love of early blues styles gives an authenticity to their performance.
‘As diverse as they are brilliant’ Talking Bird Music.
Bella Collins & Gareth Evans
A welcome return for Tenby regulars Bella & Gareth with a mellow couple of sets of laid back gospel inflected funk, smoky jazz, and soulful blues.
Big Joe Bone
Big Joe Bone plays what he calls “Blues-Grass” music…..a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, bottleneck slide guitar playing (on steel bodied resonator guitars) and finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos…..all held together by a very heavy stomping boot!
Originally from London and now living on the Mid-Wales coast, Danny started playing guitar as a schoolboy and has now been travelling all around the UK playing his fast, furious Roots music to eager audiences since 2012.
As well as playing songs from great Roots musicians like Son House, Dock Boggs, Bukka White, Flatt and Scruggs, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Charlie Parr, Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Robert Johnson, Big Joe Bone also plays his own songs, which fit right in to his eclectic set…..which shows that when it comes to roots music, he really “gets it”.
Although Big Joe Bone is a relatively young act compared to some, hehas a lifetime of music behind him and has thrown himself into what has become a very busy schedule of gigs since he hit the road in 2012.
Big Joe Bone is an act not to be missed!
Blue Evolution is a 5 piece Blues-Rock outfit that is always guaranteed to put on one hell of a show. They bring a modern twist to their huge range of influences – from bottle-neck blues to note-shredding lead breaks.
Walter Trout told Blue Evolution’s singer “You have a killer voice – great song.”
They that music really is the world’s great communicator, so for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the Blue Evolution Revolution, hold on tight, because you’re in for one immensely great ride.
Blues Jam with Pembroke Musicians Club
An opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to jam together. Equipment provided. Hosted by Pembroke Musicians Club which meets every Monday at the Swifts Club, Monkton, Pembroke.
If you like your Rhythm n’ Blues, Red Hot n’ Raw, No Frills, Straight Between The Eyes, then climb aboard the Blues Train. A hard working band of veterans based in Buxton, Derbyshire, still pulling into venues up and down the country after many years on the road. Inspired by the great bands that were part of the 60’s British Blues Boom, when most of them started playing the music they love, expect nothing short of a 100% from the Train. They love gigging at Tenby, this is their seventh on the trot, its great for Reg to come back Home to Wales, hailing from Newport, Gwent, its also a first Tenby for harp player Luke Shaw, he’s been playing with the band just over a year, and is something special, known as one of the best on the Blues scene today. Expect the Joint to be a Jumping when the Train pulls in, with STEAMIN’ R’n’B.
A powerful three-piece band from Swansea playing their unique blend of country rock, rock and blues.
They are fronted by Carl Jones (guitar/vocals), who has played and worked with Colin Blunstone (The Zombies), Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs), Stuart Elliott (Cockney Rebel), Russ Ballard (Argent), and Showaddywaddy.
Having returned to Wales after 35 years, he hooked up with experienced Swansea musicians Anthony Eynon (bass/vocals) and Steve Roberts (drums), who between them have played in Europe the States and the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, to form The Bullfrogs.
The band have built up a strong following in South Wales playing covers by artists such as Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, and Free.
The Chris James Band
The band was formed 13 years ago and since has had 35 different members . Chris says “I love the energy that comes with playing a set with musicians that you have probably never met , the set goes out 5 weeks before the individuals learn the parts and then it’s played live at Tenby blues ,it’s such a rush , and I must say it has never gone wrong, the audience enjoy it as much as we do, you really don’t know what’s going to happen ,it’s a pretty cool live thing. I just love Bill Withers, the Meters, Sam Cooke, the three Kings – BB,Albert , and Freddie. So I keep on putting this craziness together because I love the response we get , and love playing Tenby blues festival.”
Welsh singer-songwriter Christopher Rees has released 7 full length albums. He has received widespread critical acclaim from MOJO, Uncut, Q and support from Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. In 2017 he released ‘The Nashville Songs’ – an inspired collection of songs co-written in Music City, USA. A dynamic, soulful and passionate performer Rees employs a wide range of Americana / roots styles from vintage old-time country to upbeat Rockabilly, Appalachian claw-hammer banjo, stripped back acoustic storytelling and foot stomping bottleneck blues. He has toured with music legends like Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, John Cale, Wanda Jackson and the great Mavis Staples.
Ella Guru were the first act to perform at the very first Tenby Blues festival, when they kicked off at Tenby Rugby Club. The duo, Richie and Arleen, have performed nearly every year since.
Richie and Arleen have been married for over thirty years and during that time have played in various bands, but Ella Guru the most enduring. Their repertoire ranges from Blues, through mainstream music to reggae, rock and original material. Arleen’s in a natural and instinctive way that recalls the great duos of popular music.
Ged Wilson Duo
Ged Wilson is a solo acoustic roots musician originally from Manchester and now based in Cheltenham.
“Blessed with a warm, husky voice, Wilson is also a fine harp player and guitarist” – Blues Blast magazine USA.
Ged Wilson is now well established on the British acoustic scene. He has toured the nation and had a sellout tour of France with three solo albums under his belt. With much radio airplay and favourable reviews Ged is now starting to make his mark.
Armed with his weapons of mass disruption Ged creates guitar vibes, harp wails and from the heart vocals, all spiced up with a dash of laconic humour to give a full on upbeat show.
Ged is pleased to be teaming up with bass player Pat Rowbottom once again for the festival.
Hideaway Trio are a power trio who blend Blues, Rock and Soul/funk into a sound of their own. Based in Pembrokeshire and Formed in 2008 by Lead Guitarist and Singer Gareth Price. Gareth’s love for the blues is what drives this much-admired power trio, his incredible skill on guitar is backed by Simon Rees on bass and Tom vines on drums.
“The core of what we play is the blues but we blend different genres like soul, rock & roll to create a hybrid of styles”
The bands influences range from artists like BB king, Jimi Hendrix Stevie ray Vaughan Eric Clapton and Ray Charles
After years on the road and two studio albums The Hideaway trio’s success at festivals like Tenby Blues, Aberjazz and Brecon fringe have cemented the bands popularity and reputation as a class act.
The Hideaway Trio’s live shows are always joyous occasions, and showcase their exemplary musicianship. Material ranging from originals to classic blues covers and old favourites that everyone can sing along to. When the Hideaway trio are in town it’s time to party on!
Jam Jar Blues
Jam Jar Blues is a duo of guitar, bass and an occasional harmonica. Two experienced musicians who came together a few years ago after performing in a Traditional Welsh Music Group. Now playing older and newer style American Blues, and some of the best of British, we sing the songs, tell the stories and give the histories in our varied sets. Now forging a widespread gig base, we will continue to keep Music and The Blues “ALIVE”.
James Oliver Band
The James Oliver Band featuring lead guitarist James, formerly of Glas, has moved forward with a new line up playing R&B, Rockabillly and Blues. With a new album coming out in January 2020 called Twang, the band will be playing covers and original material, with James taking vocal duties.The band is one of the busiest bands in the UK, with a packed diary in 2020 including a European tour and many festivals.James is backed by Darren Beale on Bass and Shane Dixon on drums. They are really looking forward to playing Tenby Blues Festival this Year and showcasing their new sound.
Jimmy Regal and the Royals
Raucous, howling blues with a North Mississippi/New Orleans/South London kick. Influenced by Little Walter, Professor Longhair, RL Burnside, T Model Ford, James Booker, and Jimmy Reed.
Jimmy Mac’s Band
Formerly covers band Lemon Wednesday and formed in 1967, now a Blues band.
Singer-songwriter Jodie Marie released her second album ‘Trouble in Mind’ in 2015, the follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Mountain Echo’ (Decca Records).
Finding your way takes a little living. Plucked from obscurity at 16, and writing and recording with some of the greats of modern songwriting (Bernard Butler, Ed Harcourt, Jimmy Hogarth) on debut album ‘Mountain Echo’ showcased a unique voice to the world.
Tours, TV appearances and radio plays followed, but when the dust settled, Jodie Marie took a step forwards – electing to write the bulk of her new album in isolation, in her home of Wales, and in a provincial cottage in France. She lived a little. Looked inside herself, and reflected this in the brilliant collection of songs that is ‘Trouble in Mind’.
“It really felt like I was creating my own sound by doing that,” explains Jodie “It was really refreshing to record in my home county, at StudiOwz Recording Studio, Pembrokeshire, I felt like I had all the time in the world to make it” often leading to late night lock-in sessions with days spent “walking in the countryside, or going to the coast. It was a really natural way of recording, especially as we recorded it mostly live, I wanted it to come across like a live gig, but also like a classic recorded studio album.”
There’s a truth, a grit to songs like the one take ‘Trouble In Mind’ and but also the rousing ‘Later than you Think’ and lead single ‘Only One I’m Thinking Of’.
“My parents brought me up on blues records and I have a big connection with that sound, the way it was recorded, and the feel of it – like they’re really singing from the heart.”
Last year Jodie received a standing ovation on the De Valence main stage when she performed with Bella Collins and their duo Sister Bodhi, formed at one of our fabled late night sessions, has since gone from strength to strength. Hear her this year in a more intimate setting playing her own fabulous solo set.
Jonathan Nicholas is an acoustic blues musician hailing from the industrial heartlands of south wales. He has immersed himself in the Delta style of playing for several years and particularly the guitar style of Robert Johnson and with Gibson and Kalamazoo guitars from the 1920s and 1930s he is able to produce a sound as authentic as you could have wished to hear in any Juke Joint.
‘The best young player of Delta Blues I’ve seen in years and years.’ – Andrew Smith (author, broadcaster and journalist).
An infectious brew of blues and rock and roll with some of the regions finest touring musicians. The perfect blend of vintage blues and rockin hipshakin mayhem!
Kangaroo Airforce Ventilator
If you love the music of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac combined with the free flowing southern rock of the Allman Brothers Band played with an edge, then Kangaroo Airforce Ventilator is the band for you. Delivering a set of original, high intensity blues rock that will leave you wanting more.
Richie Westmacott (guitar, vocal & songs), Roger Whitfield (guitar), Ian Pearce (bass), Steve Freeman (drums) combine to play music that rocks. Four of Pembrokeshire’s finest musicians playing original music to give your feet and ears something to smile about.
Kangaroo Airforce Ventilator – a breath of fresh air!
Lee McCrory & James Oliver
A unique duo combining Lee’s gruff Tom Wait’s style vocals, amazing original songs, and the pyrotechnical guitar playing of James Oliver (formerly of Glas). Together they play a marvellous gumbo of blues and folk infused roots music.
Low Down Dirty Dog Blues Band
With their steel guitar and harmonica driven blues, the Low Down Dirty Dog Blues Band have been gigging for the last 2 years, evoking the spirit of acoustic country blues, rock and roll and more. From The Mississippi Delta to the Thames Estuary and from New Orleans to Chicago join the Dirty Dogs on their journey through the Blues and Americana music.
Marc Davies Band
“Nice playing… you’re on my hit list!” Eric Bell, Thin Lizzy
The Marc Davies Band are currently electrifying audiences, playing their own songs and a wide selection of blues rock including music by Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Gary Clark Jr, James Brown, Howlin’ Wolf, The Doors, Cream, John Lee Hooker, Rory Gallagher and more.
Numerous gigs including a spot supporting Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy have seen the band steadily build a reputation due to some fiery guitar playing and soulful vocals from Marc (Colourslide, VoodooSnakes), and an incredibly tight rhythm section comprised of Huw Owen on bass (Wenfflam) and John Munro on drums (Pino Palladino, John Sloman, Gary Moore, David Knopfler).
The Mean Mistreaters with Johnny Bird on Harmonica
The Mean Mistreaters are essentially a jump -jive band with a blues influence. Playing West coast swing to juke joint blues of the Deep South, from T Bone Walker to Muddy Waters and a hell of a lot more in between. If you want to start jumping from the word go this is the band you must see.
Roots blues, folk & Americana come together skillfully in the repertoire of singer/songwriter Mike Parker. So, if you’re a fan of strong musicianship, meticulous yet free guitar picking and have a love of steel guitars then you will not be disappointed. Mike’s distinctive technique presents a truly original delivery of classics alongside a classic delivery of originals.
Mike has been performing professionally for over 20 years throughout the UK at festivals, clubs and concert venues. He has had the pleasure of touring with American blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa on several of his UK tours as well as performing alongside Robin Trower, Walter Trout and an array of classic rock and blues artists both solo and with his band Stone Sole River.
His debut solo EP was recorded in South Wales at Stwdio Felin Fach and produced by renowned guitarist/composer Dylan Fowler (Richard Thompson/Loreena McKennitt/Danny Thompson Band).
Joining Mike at this years Tenby Blues Festival will be James Davies on harmonica and vocals.
Old Strafford are three old friends and musicians who got together to play music from the genres they love. Expect 1930s Blues, Gospel Blues, Jug Band Swing and Americana. Plenty to enjoy and even to sing along with.
Panic Station Rhythm and Blues Band started out as a blues jam session band every Sunday night many years ago at the Rail and Transport Club Port Talbot following on from the strippers in the afternoon, some great sessions were had there.
Soon due to popular demand, the band started playing regular gigs throughout South Wales and people remarked on the band’s tight enthusiastic performances , other highlights included Bob`s rendition of `The Dying Fly` during his bass solo in Mercury Blues and Owen’s slide guitar playing.
More prestiguous gigs were to follow such as The Guinness Jazz Festival Cork, The Heineken Rock and Blues Festival, The Blues Festival of Wales, Burnley Blues Festival, Colne Blues Festival , Tenby Blues Festival , Abertillery Blues Festival , Upton upon Severn Blues Festival and many more great festivals and venues throughout the UK.
The bands repertoire ranges from Blues to Rock ‘n’ Roll, with hints of Rock, Jazz and Soul, the set includes covers and original songs.
During the years the band has had the pleasure of many prestiguous guest musicians at gigs and although the personnel has changed through the years due to work commitments etc, the band still rocks with the same enthusiasm and drive.
Panic Station now consists of Owen Jones, guitar and Vocals, Lyn Rhees, drums, Mike Bollam, bass and Pete Broad, guitar. The band are often augmented with Blues harmonica, keyboards and vocals from friends and guests.
Smokestack Lightnin’ are a Blues Rock Band from Cardiff and were formed in early 2014 with a plan to get the band onto the vibrant UK Blues festival scene playing new and original material.
The last four years have seen a number of changes in personnel with only Matt Newman and Steve Dunn still present from the original five-piece line up. The band now gigs as a four piece and performs mainly original material written by the band.
Smokestack Lightnin’ are looking forward to trying out some of their new material at Tenby Blues this year.
“We are here for the long haul. I think this last year proves that. We have lost three members from a five-piece band and we are still moving forward, writing, recording and most importantly we are still gigging. We are gonna keep doing what we do best…” Matt Newman.
Big Steve Young
Classic boogie woogie piano from the keyboard player of The Mean Mistreaters and The Curveballs.
The Worried Men
“These boys can show ’em all a clean pair of heels” British Blues Connection.
Another band we got to have back, their live show is sensational, a solid experienced and inventive rhythm section lay down a platform for guitarist/vocalist Jamie to deliver his pyrotechnical mash-ups.