The Bella Collins Band

De Valence – Friday 12th November 2021

We are very pleased that the Bella Collins Band is opening our festival, it is most fitting as Bella has been one of the greatest supporters of our event. She never fails to deliver the goods, whether playing solo, with a duo, or the full band. She is an outstanding and original talent with a repertoire that ranges through Blues, soul, gospel, R’n’B, and jazz. There’ll be covers, songs from her last album ‘Late & Blue’, plus a few new self-penned tunes which we guarantee you are going to love.

One day, she will achieve the commercial success she so richly deserves, but right now let’s be thankful we can still experience her dynamic, sensitive, knowing, witty (yes!) and oh so cool music up close and personal in the relative intimacy of our main venue.

She’ll be accompanied by her band of experienced Welsh musicians.

The Bella Collins Band

The Daybreakers with Special Guest

De Valence – Friday 12th November 2021

“The Blues Incarnate” -Record Collector Magazine .

“Reinventing the heyday of the Blues Rock power trio in the mould of Cream and Hendrix” – Blues In Britain Magazine.

The Daybreakers make contemporary rock ‘n’ roll and energetic future Blues and are inspired by artists such as Peter Green’s Fleetwod Mac, Shuggie Otis and Curtis Mayfield as well as musical magpies like Prince, the Rolling Stones, and Captain Beefheart. The group combines uptempo fuzzy rhythm and blues with gritty, lowdown raunch .

The group are led by Aidan Connell who was described as ‘The new voice of London’ by Classic Rock Magazine. Aidan has collaborated with Blues giants Gary Clark Jr, Seasick Steve and Otis Grand amongst others. The group have been complimented by Jeff Beck and Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page who have both attended shows. The group met at various Blues sessions in London, eventually finding the common 12 bar format too constrictive.

The group also features Conor Cotterill (Bass), and James Gullis (Drums). Their unique sound originates from a combination of the diverse musical tastes and cultural backgrounds within the group

The Daybreakers are most definitely reclaiming the Blues and rock’n’roll for the younger generation.

The Daybreakers with Special Guest

Georgia Van Etten

De Valence – Friday 12th November 2021

Georgia van Etten, soulfully blends Blues, alt-pop and roots music on her brilliant self-penned songs. We are delighted to have her perform for us.

Hailing from Australia and signed to Canadian record label Birthday Cake, founded by The Bros. Landreth, she is making her mark on the international stage. Georgia released her debut album ‘Deep Black Water’ to much critical acclaim – with a feature in NME, music video on MTV, heavy rotation on SiriusXM North Americana and a feature session on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends. 

Her debut EP ‘Live at the Pool Studio’ had extensive BBC Radio 2 play with Jamie Cullum remarking this really blew me away when I first heard it” and Blues & Soul Magazine UK declaring Put simply, this is a damn fine EP”. The EP also sparked attention surrounding Georgia’s unique mouth trumpet impression with a clip going viral on media giant UNILAD SOUND.

Georgia has played the likes of Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Porretta Soul Festival (Italy), Falls Festival (Australia), headlined London Omeara, with The Telegraph stating she is Enthralling audiences around the world with her refreshing creativity and rich vocal tones”. 

www.geogriavanetten.com

 

Georgia Van Etten

The Bay Rum Hounds

Acoustic Stage @ Church House – Saturday 13th November 2021

We always like to promote a couple of Blues Trail artists to the main stages and this year it’s the turn of the wonderful, good-time Bay Rum Hounds.

They play Country Blues, Hokum, early Chicago style electric, Gospel and Swing with a bit of Jazz and Country thrown in for good measure.

 

The Bay Rum Hounds

Trevor Babajack Steger

Acoustic Stage @ Church House – Saturday 13th November 2021

‘Howling Wolf meets Screaming Jay Hawkins…..carried on the wings of a wailing slide guitar’- Richard Wall (Blues in Britain).

Trevor, founder member and co-songwriter of the multi-award winning band ‘Babajack’ is well known on the British Blues scene where he has been nominated numerous times for Best Harmonica Player along with Best Album and Song in the British Blues Awards.

Now Trevor lives on his narrow boat, stepping out on his own to perform his own brand of Blues, drawing from his love of early rural Blues, Punk and World Music.  Using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is exciting and real.

His first solo album, Sawdust Man, received amazing reviews with Radio play in the UK and across The USA, Canada and on BBC Radio 2.

www.trevorbabajacksteger.com

 

Trevor Babajack Steger

The Kyla Brox Duo

Acoustic Stage @ Church House – Saturday 13th November 2021

We are pleased to welcome Kyla and her husband Danny back to Tenby to headline our Acoustic Stage.

Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, as well as the 2019 European Blues Challenge and crowned Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards, Kyla’s star continues to shine bright. Her last album, Pain & Glory, reached No. 1 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) charts for April and was the most played album across the IBBA radio network for the whole of 2019. In a huge nod to her ongoing stature in British Blues, the UK Blues Federation made Kyla an official Ambassador of UK Blues in 2016 and she is one of only three British singers privileged to be included in the 50 Women of the Blues Spotify Playlist

 Kyla plays in her duo with her husband, virtuoso acoustic guitarist, Danny Blomeley, whose playing, by turns delicate and unrestrained, has earned him a following in his own right.

www.kylabrox.com

 

The Kyla Brox Duo

Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls

De Valence – Saturday 13th November 2021

Dedicated to the subversive, the world of Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls is dark, animated and unusual.  Seeking to amuse and draw the audience into an underworld filled with wonder, the macabre and the imagination, they combine elements of Vaudeville, Skiffle, early horror films, 1930s Ska, Calypso, old-timey Country, and the Blues. This trio play a unique hybrid of early 20th Century music infused with dark Cabaret.

The driving force is Tim’s one-man-band set-up with kick-drum, hi-hat and guitar while Jo’s sweet melodies tell terrible things. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard. They are joined by James Le Huray on double bass and banjo.

Together they make music that makes people wanna shake their bones.

www.olddryskulls.com

Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls

The Cinelli Brothers

De Valence – Saturday 13th November 2021

The Cinelli Brothers is a project born out of a common passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from the 60s and 70s, when brothers Marco (guitarist and lead singer) and Alessandro (drummer) decided to form an explosive team showcasing an original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown.

Joining the two brothers on stage are Enzo Strano on bass and Tom Julian-Jones on harmonica and guitar.

Their debut album Babe Please Set Your Alarm  reached number 2 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters’ Association) chart in June 2018. The band has been featured in Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Classic Rock and other magazines. The album has nine tasty original compositions and three finely crafted covers. ‘Chain of Fools’ by Don Covay (an Aretha hit), ‘Back Door Man’ – which stays true to Willie Dixon’s number – and Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable shuffle rhythm.

Music Republic Magazine nominated Marco Cinelli as Best Guitar Player of 2018 and the band has been nominated for the UK Blues Awards as “Blues Band Of the Year”.

The Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate musicians sharing a the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music history.

www.cinellibrothers.com

The Cinelli Brothers

Sari Schorr

De Valence – Saturday 13th November 2021

Pre-pandemic the festival committee had a jolly outing to see Walter Trout and were mightily impressed with the support act, American Sari Schorr. We decided then we had to have her at Tenby, and here she is, with her fabulous all-star band, ready to rock as the headline act on Saturday night at the De Valence.

Sari first burst onto the Blues-Rock scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, ‘A Force of Nature’, produced by iconic British Blues pioneer Mike Vernon (Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green).

Two years later, Sari broke new ground with her next album, ‘Never Say Never’. Sari insisted that the album be recorded live to capture the raw energy of her music.  She has ventured deeper into her personal life. In the process, Sari has revealed herself with a vulnerability and honesty that she admits was as painful as it was healing. Her songs are highly crafted with vibrant lyrics that highlight just how good Sari is at channelling her passion, grit, and empathy.

Sari’s success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, the operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied.

Sari’s home is her suitcase and her path has always taken her on the road less travelled. Her life is a story of never giving up, being true to yourself and pursuing your passions against all odds. It’s a story that is incredibly inspirational and a reminder why we should Never Say Never!

www.sarischorr.com

Sari Schorr

Dom Martin Band

De Valence – Sunday 14th November 2021

“Absolutely wonderful” – Cerys Matthews.

Dom Martin is a rare talent. His jaw dropping, entirely natural sounding and unforced skill on acoustic guitar, matched with an authentic ‘Belfast Blues’ voice, brings to mind comparisons with many from (Glasgow born) John Martyn, Van Morrison to Rory Gallagher,

Dom was awarded Best Solo/Acoustic Act in the European Blues Awards 2019 and having been a three category nominee in the 2020 UK Blues Awards, picked up Best Acoustic Blues Artist 2020, so all in all, pretty impressive for his first full year and a very impressive and personal debut album indeed. ​

Dom has just been awarded Best Acoustic Blues Artist 2021 and nominated in 3 categories in the 2021 UK Blues Awards so this is now a young man well established in the UK and European Blues scenes. Dom has just been invited by the UK Blues Federation to represent the UK at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA in 2022.

www.dommart.in

 

Dom Martin Band

The James Oliver Band

De Valence – Sunday 14th November 2021

James plays a unique mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, rhythm ‘n’ blues, rockabilly and western swing, sometimes all in the same song. He even makes the occasional foray into prog rock, a style he gives very much a contemporary twist. It’s all there in one explosive pickin’ package.

To see him on stage, spectacular is very much the word. Little wonder the late, great Deke Leonard said “as a guitarist James scares the hell out of me!”

James is a ridiculously inventive and imaginative guitarist. He’s developing strongly as a singer and songwriter. He’s a very determined character. His favourite foods are chocolate and chips. He’s also a funny, larger than life fellow, a man with a razor sharp stage wit.

Winner of the Best Newcomer gong at the 2020 British Blues Awards, James has a track record that shows he will not allow an ounce of his incendiary talents to be wasted. In the last two years he’s released his first album, ‘Twang’, and an EP, ‘Goofin’ Around’ to great acclaim and an instrumental album is in the pipeline.

There’s every chance that the music in store will exhibit hitherto unheard dimensions to delight his growing army of fans. He’s paid his dues, he wears big shoes. They’d be hard to fill by anyone else.

www.jamesoliverband.co.uk

 

The James Oliver Band

The Mike Farris Band

De Valence – Sunday 14th November 2021

Tennessee born Mike Farris brings his band to Tenby laden with Blues, Soul, and Gospel, on tour to promote his fabulous new recording, Silver & Stone.

Coming off of an incredible Grammy win for 2015’s Shine for All The People (Best Roots Gospel album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on Silver & Stone, his new album on Compass Records.

Sonically, Silver & Stone’s warm organic sound and stellar playing recalls the cream of the Stax Records’ catalogue. The album opener and Farris original, ‘Tennessee Girl,’ seguing into ‘Are You Lonely For Me Baby?’ and ‘Can I Get a Witness,’ are loose and groove-driven, hitting all the right notes of soul and blues with an effortlessness that shows what a natural Farris is for this sound.

“I truly believe that Mike Farris is one of the great artists of today. He sings the truth with a depth of feeling that warms my heart and touches my soul” – Bob Harris.

“Farris surrounds himself with a heavenly soundtrack that slides effortlessly between Stax soul, New Orleans gospel and shuffling Southern blues, all of it punctuated with Farris’ smouldering vocals and clear message of redemption.” – Harp Magazine.

“On the singalong ‘Snap Your Fingers’ and a touch cover of Willie Dixon’s blues gem “Let Me Love You Baby,” Farris takes us down to the river and washes us clean in spellbinding performances you’ll return to as soon as they’re over.” – American Songwriter Magazine.

“With (his latest album) ‘Silver & Stone,’ Farris has again delivered a simply superb album that shimmers and glistens with nuggets of genius and brilliance.” – Blues Matters.

“A supersized voice filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings .” – Rolling Stone.

www.mikefarrismusic.com

 

The Mike Farris Band