Woodstock 6th annual Rhythm and Blues Festival 2013

20130722-134851.jpgGet ready to rock – it’s Festival time again!

Belfast’s Woodstock 6th annual Rhythm and Blues Festival 2013
7th – 12th August Welcomes You.

The Woodstock Rhythm & Blues Festival’s reputation is growing rapidly and this year promises to be the best yet. Since it began in 2008, in just one venue the success of the event has exceeded all expectations and as its sixth year approaches fans can once again look forward to some of this island’s finest rhythm and blues musicians in venues across Woodstock’s community and beyond.

Some festival favourites return to showcase their talent, including the brilliant Grainne Duffy and her band; guitar maestroes Willie Byrne & Rab McCullough; Mercy Lounge with their high octane blues ‘n’ boogie and featuring harp player extrordinaire Billy Boy Miskimmin; Ronnie Greer will work his magic joined by the wonderful Ken Haddock and Kenny McDowell arguably Northern Ireland’s greatest interpretive vocalist returns. Classic blues rockers Them will make their first appearance at Woodstock and will feature 2 of the bands original members, Billy Harrison and Eric Wrixton, the legend continues.

The list goes on, but this year by popular demand after last year’s sensational sell out gig at the Black Box we welcome back from London the incredible Chris Farlowe accompanied by The Norman Beaker Band. When asked if he would like to come back he replied “I’d love to, the Woodstock crowd are fantastic” Chris is one of the great British soul and blues singers with a career now in its sixth decade. Like many of the great singers who emerged from the 60’s he honed his craft and developed a unique vocal style. Whether its soul, rock or blues Chris Farlowe delivers the goods. Also from London although originally from Londonderry we are also delighted to welcome Niall Kelly who has been a staple of the London blues and roots scene for the last ten years (residency at “Ain’t Nothing But The Blues Bar” and at the “Round Midnight Blues & Jazz Bar”). He is a singer and songwriter who draws on the influences of Presley, Van, Howlin’ Wolf and Screamin Jay Hawkins, but is yet original and distinctive in his own right.

So pop along and support the gigs and contribute to the atmosphere that makes the Woodstock Rhythm and Blues Festival so special.

Tickets are available from various outlets. For further information, please visit: www.woodstockbelfast.co.uk

Post Author: Belfast Times

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