A little history

jim - CopyThe 21st Festival will be held on
12,13 and 14th October 2018

Started in 1998 by Jim Riley, the festival is now an established part of the calendar with people returning year after year to what has been described as “surely the best little festival in the UK”.

The first festival began on a Friday evening in the Social Club where Steppin’ Out performed their first gig in Beer. The Social Club remained a very important part of the festival, until it sadly closed in 2016.

Over the years we have been fortunate to see some amazing bands – here’s a list in alphabetical order:

20th Anniversary All-Stars
Andy Boal
Andy Cortez Band
Benny Brown Band
Blue Horizon
Blues Engineers
Bob Brunning’s De Luxe Blues Band
Brock And The Badgers
Champagne Charlie And Sugarbeet
Cherry Lee Mewis
Clare Free
Dave Kelly’s Blues Band
Debbie Giles’ Midnight Train
Deep Blue Sea
Della Grants
Dirty Aces
Ged Wilson
Getz Loose
Giles Hedley
Guy Tortora
Hit & Run
Hot Lobster
Incredible Blues Puppies
Jeff Chapman’s Roosters
Jellicle Cats
Jon Walsh
Katie Bradley Blues Band
Matt Empson & Jason Manners
Motel 6
Movin On
Nigel Bagge Band
Odyssey Blues Band
Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes
Phil Astles Band
Rag Mama Rag
Robin Bibi Band
Roy Mette
Sam Kelly’s Blues Band
Serious Blues
Steve Summers Band
Storm Warning
The Barcodes
The Big Blue
The Blackjacks
The Boogie Band
The Elevators
The G Men
The Jives
The Walkhards
Tim Hain & The Worx
Tim Royce Band
Tom Rodwell
Tomas Ford
Vince Lee
Worried Men