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.
Blues Trail Saturday 19th November 2022
Blues Trail Sunday 20th November 2022
Performers Booked are
Saturday Noon & 1.30 Fecci’s and Sunday 12.30 & 2.00 @Cadwaladers.
Hailed as “A competent and classy 21st Century Bluesman” by Fatea Magazine and “Brim-full of positive vibes, humour and innovation” by RnR Magazine, Ged Wilson is wowing audiences with his blend of acoustic blues roots and has now signed with Bad Monkey Records with new music in the pipeline and some great times ahead.
On stage, Ged creates guitar vibes, harmonica wails and from-the-heart vocals, spiced with a dash of laconic humour to give a full-on, upbeat show.
The Mean Mistreaters
Saturday noon & 1.30 @Oshie’s Kitchen.
Hard hitting and swinging Chicago style Blues band fronted by west Wales’ Blues legend Big Mo on vocals and harmonica.
Saturday 12.30 & 2.00 @Will’s Restaurant.
A welcome first visit to Tenby of Lee Signey who has been described by Delta Blues legend Kent Duchaine as playing “the most original country Blues I’ve heard in years”.
Saturday 12.30 & 2.00 @The Crown.
Roots Blues, Folk & Americana come together skilfully in the repertoire of singer/songwriter Mike Parker. Strong musicianship, meticulous yet free guitar picking, and a love of steel guitars combine with Mike’s distinctive technique to present a truly original delivery of classics alongside a superb delivery of originals.
Joining Mike is James Davies on harmonica and vocals.
The James Oliver Band
Saturday 1.00 & 2.30 @The Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
For many years now James Oliver has been the first name scribbled down when planning the festival programme. Why? Quite simply James is one of the most electrifying, entertaining, talented and passionate roots rockers you are ever likely to see and hear – not just in the Blues genre, he also plays Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Rockabilly, and Surf Rock, often all in the same song. Not for nothing has he been labelled the Titan of Twang and the Tommy Cooper of the Telecaster!
“The James Oliver Band catches lightning in a bottle to connect with the heady excitement of the early days of rock and roll” Pete Feenstra.
Saturday 1.00 & 2.30 @Fuschia.
Blues has been very much present throughout Justin’s musical journey and came to the fore during lockdown when he conceived, wrote, performed, recorded, produced and released his first solo album. As soon as public performance was allowed again, Justin was out playing small clubs and festivals in and around London. In 2021 Justin played Landed Festival in Mid-Wales and joined The Daybreakers onstage at the De Valence at Tenby Blues as well as performing two sets of his own material to a packed-out room at The Crown.
Since then, Justin has been writing new material and trying it out with various musicians on the London jam scene to crystalise his sound. Justin’s song writing employs traditional blues structures, catchy hooks, sassy lyrics and is accompanied by a stinging guitar tone.
Saturday 1.30 & 3.00 @The Giltar Hotel.
The Mid Wales R’n’B club proudly presents a show featuring Calling Card who will be playing an entertaining mix of Blues, Americana, R’n’B, and Swing.
Keith & Julie Richards
Saturday 1.30 & 3.00 @Allium Café.
An acoustic duo featuring the sweet picking of Keith Richards and the sensational, smokey, soulful vocals of Julie Richards.
Saturday 2.00 & 3.30 @The Bowling Club.
West Wales finest Blues power trio play Rock and Funk drenched covers and originals, dripping with the fiery guitar work of Gareth Price.
Saturday 2.00 & 3.30 @The Five Arches Tavern.
1930s Blues, Gospel Blues, Jug Band Swing and Americana. Plenty to enjoy and even sing along with.
Saturday 2.30 & 4.00 @The Imperial Hotel.
Blue Traffic back after a 10 year hiatus, with new material for a EP in the works. Supporting artists such as Robin Tower, Walter Trout, Wishbone Ash, Stan Webb and Robert Cray, covering songs by Hendrix, Hawkwind. CCR, and Cream.
Saturday 2.30 & 4.00 @The Qube.
Passionate singer-songwriter plays Blues with roots in Americana and Country. Exceptional songs celebrating the light and dark sides of this wonderful life.
Saturday 3.00 & 4.30 @Cadawaladers.
Dubbed Wales’s “finest ukulele duo”, Omega Two features Jane Williams on uke and vocals (who has also played with The Keith Little Trio, The Rhythm Aces, Wild Willy Barrett and Van Morrison) and Pete Mathison on guitar and vocals (who has also played with Ray Davies, Paul Weller, Red Beans & Rice, and Bella Collins).
The Low Down Dirty Dog Blues Band
Saturday 3.00 & 4.30 @The Dennis Café.
Delta Blues Band from the heart of the Towy Delta in Carmarthenshire. From Son House to Muddy Waters, from Clarkesdale to Chicago via Kidwelly.
Saturday 3.30 & 5.00 @ Bar 10.
Original, dirty, raw, high energy and down home Blues from the gravel voiced Candy Mountain.
The West Coast Blues Band
Saturday 3.30 & 5.00 @The Three Mariners.
A Blues trio of popular and talented Tenby regulars featuring Tris Lewis (guitar/vox), Martin Cunningham (bass) and Brian Wright (drums).
The Chris James Band
Saturday 4.00 & 5.15 @The Cove.
Good time funked up Jazz and Blues from Chris James and pals. Always surprising and innovative, rumour has it Chris could be bringing up to an 11 piece band to this year’s festival!
The Chris Keys Band
Saturday 4.00 & 5.15 @The Clarence Hotel.
Chris Keys brings his soul infused vocals and Memphis influenced piano style to the Tenby Blues Festival for the first time. Backed by a group of South Wales’ finest musicians including renowned guitarist Luke Evans, expect a mix of soulful originals and rocking blues covers.
Saturday 9.00 @The Sailing Club.
Twin guitar driven hard rockin’ Blues featuring Matt Newman on vocals.
Open Mic/Blues Jam
Sunday from noon @The Rugby Club
The festival’s legendary Blues Jam & Open Mic hosted by Pembroke Musicians Club is open to all abilities. PA, amps and drum kit provided, just bring your own instrument for an afternoon full of fun.
The Senna Weeks Trio
Sunday noon & 1.30 @Oshie’s Kitchen.
Up and coming funky Blues trio fronted by amazing young singer and guitar slinger Senna Weeks.
Sunday 12.30 & 2.00 @Will’s Restaurant.
Jodie Marie was signed to Decca Records/ Universal Music in 2010 and began writing songs with former Suede guitarist and producer Bernard Butler and singer songwriter Ed Harcourt.
Her debut album Mountain Echo (released in 2012 on the Verve imprint) was described by The Guardian as ‘velvety and bittersweet’ and received much critical acclaim. She since selfreleased her second album Trouble in Mind in 2015. Her sound was described by The Independent as ‘having a light-blues and jazz-folk-edge recalling late-1960s singersongwriters such as Carole King’.
Collaborating again with songwriter Ed Harcourt & Dan Smith (of the Noisettes) and produced by collaborator Owain Fleetwood Jenkins – Jodie Marie’s latest album The Answer is available via all the streaming platforms and was released on limited edition vinyl and CD formats via her new label Carmel Records, a Caru Music Limited company in February 2021.
Sunday 1.00 & 2.30 @The Crown.
Tenby regulars Ella Guru are husband and wife duo of Richie and Arleen and they play acoustic versions of classic Rock and Blues in their own inimitable style.
Sunday 1.00 & 2.30 @The Normandie.
The Bluesters play an eclectic mixture of Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz covering the tunes of Albert King, BB King, Booker T and the MGs,The Meters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters and many more.
Sunday 1.30 & 3.00 @The Five Arches Tavern
Tight three piece playing old school material by BB King, Little Milton, Big Joe Turner, Elmore James and many more.
Members comprise Pete Mathison (Red Beans and Rice) Paul Higgins and Ian Davies (Snatch it Back). They are veterans of many European tours. Don’t miss them.
The Worried Men
Sunday 1.30 & 3.00 @The Bowling Club.
Mash-ups ‘n’ mayhem from these quirky Blues masters.
“These boys (sic) can show ‘em all a clean pair of heels” British Blues Connection.
Kelvin Davies & Gary Jones
Sunday 2.00 & 3.30 @The Dennis Café
Great guitar and vocals from this talented young country Blues artist, reinvigorating songs from the 1920s and 930s and playing his own self-penned tunes.
As well a drawing inspiration from past Blues pioneers such as Blind Blake, Charley Patton et al, Kelvin has also been influenced by folk legends like John Martyn, Jackson C Frank, and, of course, His Bobness.
Harmonica player Gary Jones’ soulful presence adds an extra layer of sweetness to Kelvin’s charismatic sound.
Sunday 2.00 & 4.30 @Fecci’s Café.
Definitely Blues with a difference – played on accordion and home made instruments – whilst George (of Fiddlebox and Boxset) sings a broad selection of originals and covers.
Sunday 2.30 & 4.00 @Top Joe’s.
John Lewis is an absolute legend on the European rockin’ scene, either with The Rimshots or his own Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio. We are so lucky to have him at Tenby for a rare solo show that will feature not only Rockabilly and Country but plenty of Blues. We’re all part of that broad church, right? Oh, and he’s proud to celebrate all things Welsh and is funny to boot!
Sunday 2.30 & 4.00 @The Imperial Hotel.
Original, dynamic Blues rock laced with well chosen covers.
Sunday 3.00 & 4.30 @The Giltar Hotel.
Superb slide driven Blues band.
Sunday 3.30 & 5.00 @Bar 10.
Soulful Blues with Jazz and Gospel influences. Bella Collins, a Tenby Blues Festival regular, is one of the great contemporary female voices on the UK scene. She’s not half bad on the old wood ‘n’ wire either. Oh, and she writes cool songs too…
Jimmy Mac’s Band
Sunday 3.30 & 5.00 @The Cove.
Blues, Funk, Jazz and everything in between. Stuart may even show you some dance moves.
Taffy Was A Thief
Sunday 3.30 & 5.00 @The Tap and Tan.
Totally entertaining genre bending Blues band steeped in Welsh music history.
Sunday 4.00 & 5.15 @The Qube
Liverpool acoustic blues singer/songwriter Raphael Callaghan made his first recordings in 1969, playing harmonica with singer Jim James on tracks produced by Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs and released on an LP of British acoustic blues on the Liberty label.
In a long and varied career he’s played with such blues luminaries as Alexis Korner, Jo Ann Kelly, Eric Bibb, Jessie Mae Hemphill and Bonnie Raitt.
His last two albums, Said And Done and Blue Lies, have had airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Blues Show and find him playing mostly his own songs on acoustic guitar in his unusual alternative tunings, with plenty of eerie and melodic slide.
Jack The Biscuit
Sunday 4.15 & 5.30 @The Three Mariners.
A South Wales based four piece up tempo Blues band formed from the members of such bands as The Blues Sisters, The Rascals, and T.S.Blues, playing the likes of Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, The Kingsmen, Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Hop Wilson, Little Walter and much more, all in Jack The Biscuit’s own inimitable style.
Sunday 4.15 & 5.30 @The Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
British R’n’B baby boomers burst into Tenby once more. Let’s ride that train!