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2001 March

The First Swanage Blues Weekend 2, 3 and 4 March 2001

HOW IT STARTED

"It's my birthday soon" said George Crane to Steve Darrington as they mused over a pint in their favourite watering hole.

"When's that?" asked Steve.

"February 29th, so I can have it whenever I like" said George. "Maybe with a band this time."

"Make it a couple of bands and have it here," said Phil, owner of the Victoria Club.

"I'll help to organise it" said Steve, "and let's make a weekend of it."

"I'll put a few bob up" said George.

"So will I" added Phil.

And so, in 2001, the First Swanage Blues Weekend was born...

THE FIRST FESTIVAL LINE-UP

FRIDAY EVENING

Red Lion: 'Lucky' Steve (aka Steve Darrington)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Victoria Club: 12.00 Booze 'n' Blues; 2.00 Martin Johnson Band; 4.00 Gary Brewer & The GBs;

SATURDAY EVENING

White Horse: Cross Cut Saw

Black Swan: Piddle Delta with Purbeck Slim

Red Lion: Jim Etherington

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Victoria Club: 12.00 Lux De Lux; 2.00 Martin Johnson Band; 4.00 Piddle Delta with Purbeck Slim; 6.00 Gary Brewer & The GBs; 9.00 Johnny Mars & The Barrelhouse Blues Band

"Fill-in" acts include Yellow Yidikai; 'Lucky' Steve; and Paul Darby

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