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2013 October

 

 

ARTISTS, REVIEW, COMMENTS, SCHEDULE and VENUES

ARTISTS APPEARING WERE:

Assorted Buskers, Back Porch, Blue Touch, Blues Machine, Bob Pearce Gospel & Blues Band, C Sharp Blues, Chloee Christmas Band, Dan Sowerby Band, David Raphael Band, Fabulous Fezheads, Festival Finale, Grainne Duffy Band, Hugh Budden, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, Jawbreakers, Jay Tamkin, Johnny Sharp, Motel 6, Mustangs, Open Mic Sessions with Johnny Sharp and Martin Froud, Paint It Blue, Pete Harris, Ray Drury, Riotous Brothers, Riverside Blues Band, Robert Hokum, Robin Bibi Band, Sonny Black, Stan's Blues Jamboree, Steve Brookes, Steve Darrington, Steve Summers Band, The Elevators, The Smokin' Benny Brown Band, Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt, Voodoo Chilli, Will Killeen and Zoe Schwarz Blues Band

 
REVIEW

THOUSANDS OF MUSIC-LOVERS FLOCK TO SWANAGE'S ROCKING BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL by Diana Henderson

(Courtesy of Bournemouth Echo - Wednesday 9th October 2013)

SWANAGE was rocking at the weekend as the 20th Swanage Blues and Roots Festival played out to thousands of music fans.

The three day party ranged from open mic sessions to buskers at Swanage Railway Station, and festival favourites such as Back Porch and Blue Touch.

Every March and October music lovers throng to the seaside town where more than 100 musicians perform at 60 events in 15 indoor venues from Friday lunchtime until Sunday evening.

Regular fans say they love the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of electric and acoustic music available in the pubs, restaurants and hotel bars across the town.

Aspiring performers can take part in the electric jam sessions with international star Robin Bibi and his band, the open mic sessions with Johnny Sharp and Martin Froud and Stan’s Blue Jamboree. The first Swanage Blues Festival was held in March 2001 and started off as a birthday party for local blues fan George Crane in a nightclub, rapidly expanding into a town-wide event with pubs and restaurants joining in.

Organiser Steve Darrington used to be a touring musician until he had to stop due to ill health and the festivals are funded by enthusiastic fans buying £10 weekend wristbands.

He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic weekend.”

He added: “Despite the roadworks, which affected how easily people got to Swanage, I would say that it was the best Swanage Blues Festival ever.

“Swanage was bursting full of people and the highlights were that it meant lots of friendships were renewed, numerous musicians came together, and it was wonderful seeing people of all ages in a wonderful, friendly atmosphere.

“The whole town could be seen dancing in the street.”

 
 
SCHEDULE
All times are approximate and subject to change

 

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2013

Please note all times are approximate and subject to change

  8.30pm    Grand Hotel

An Evening With Robert Hokum and Steve Darrington.

 

FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER 2013

Please note all times are approximate and subject to change

  2.00pm    Red Lion

Open Mic with Martin Froud & Johnny Sharp

  5.00pm    Bar One

Robin Bibi Band

  6.00pm    Sea Breeze

Sonny Black

  6.00pm    Tawny’s

Steve Brookes

  8.15pm    Sea Breeze

Sonny Black

  8.30pm    Tawny’s

Steve Brookes

  8.30pm    East Bar

Smokin’ Benny Brown Band

  8.30pm    Grand Hotel

Zoe Schwarz Blues Band

  8.45pm    Black Swan

Will Killeen

  9.00pm    White Swan

Back Porch

  9.00pm    Red Lion

Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt

  9.00pm    The Legion

Jay Tamkin Band

  9.00pm    Seahorse Café Bar

Pete Harris Band

  9.00pm    Crow’s Nest

The Jawbreakers

  9.45pm    White Horse

The Mustangs

  9.45pm    Anchor Inn

Riverside Blues Band

10.00pm    Ship, Swanage

Blues Machine

 

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2013

Please note all times are approximate and subject to change

11.00am    Railway Station

Assorted Buskers

  1.00pm    The Legion

STAN’S BLUES JAMBOREE, featuring Stan’s Jam, Doctor Blu, RedCrow, The Voodoo Sheikhs and Rob Berry Band (till 7pm)

  1.30pm    Bar One

Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt

  2.00pm    East Bar

Steve Summers Band

  2.00pm    White Horse

Jam Session with Robin Bibi Band

  2.00pm    Red Lion

Open Mic with Martin Froud & Johnny Sharp

  2.30pm    Corfe Legion

David Raphael Band

  3.00pm    Ship, Langton

Fabulous Fezheads

  3.00pm    White Swan

Pete Harris Band

  3.00pm    Grand Hotel

Sonny Black

  3.45pm    Ship, Swanage

Riotous Brothers

  4.00pm    Bar One

Paint It Blue

  6.00pm    Tawny’s

Steve Brookes

  6.00pm    Sea Breeze

Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt

  6.30pm    Bar One

Dan Sowerby Band

  8.15pm    Sea Breeze

Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt

  8.30pm    Tawny’s

Steve Brookes

  8.30pm    Grand Hotel

Blue Touch

  8.30pm    East Bar

The Jawbreakers

  8.45pm    Black Swan

Will Killeen

  9.00pm    White Swan

Steve Summers Band

  9.00pm    Red Lion

Fabulous Fezheads

  9.00pm    Crow’s Nest

Back Porch

  9.00pm    The Legion

The Elevators

  9.45pm    Anchor

C Sharp Blues

  9.45pm    White Horse

Robin Bibi Band

10.00pm    Ship, Swanage

Motel 6

 

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER 2013

Please note all times are approximate and subject to change

11.00am    Railway Station

Assorted Buskers

  1.00pm    Red Lion

Open Mic with Martin Froud & Johnny Sharp

..1.00pm    Bar One

Back Porch

  1.30pm    Black Swan

Will Killeen

  2.00pm    East Bar

Paint It Blue

  3.00pm    Corfe Legion

Riverside Blues Band

  3.00pm    White Horse

Jam Session with Robin Bibi Band

  3.00pm    White Swan

Blue Touch

  3.00pm    Anchor

David Raphael Band

  3.00pm    The Legion

Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt

  3.00pm    Grand Hotel

Bob Pearce Gospel & Blues Band

  3.30pm    Bar One

Smokin’ Benny Brown Band

  4.00pm    Ship, Swanage

The Jawbreakers

  5.30pm    The Legion

Grainne Duffy Band

  6.30pm    East Bar

Steve Summers Band

  8.30pm    Grand Hotel

GRAND FESTIVAL FINALE Steve Darrington, Dan Sowerby Band, Hugh Budden, Pete Harris, Ray Drury and Steve Brookes

10.00pm    Ship, Swanage

Chloee Christmas Band

10.30pm    Anchor

Voodoo Chilli

 

THE VENUES

The Festival Programme has a Map in the centre pages.

* IMPORTANT - Sea Breeze and Tawny’s Wine Bar are restaurants, so please book in advance.

ACCESS - If you have any mobility or other problems or requirements, please check with the venue in advance.

MEMBERS - Non-members are welcome at Corfe Castle and Swanage Royal British Legion Clubs

Starting from the pier end of the High Street, the first venue is the East Bar (1 High St) and Bar One next door (also 1 High St), then the White Horse (11), Ship Inn (23a), White Swan (31), Anchor Inn (30), *Tawny’s Wine Bar (52), Red Lion (63), Black Swan (159) and a little further on The Legion (150). That concludes the High Street. The lower high street is connected to Station Road by Institute Road opposite the White Swan.

The Mowlem Theatre (not a venue) is where Station Road, Shore Road and Institute Road all converge. On the ground floor of the Mowlem, on the sea side, is Seahorse Cafe & Bar.
From the Mowlem go along Shore Road with the bay on your right and *Sea Breeze (7 Shore Rd) is on your left; keep on all the way along the bay and at Bull & Boat Bistro (not a venue) bear left up the hill to the Crow’s Nest (11 Ulwell Rd). From the Crow’s Nest, cross over into Burlington Rd for the Grand Hotel.
Corfe Castle Royal British Legion is in Corfe Castle and can be reached by road, bus or train. The last train comes back to Swanage around 5.20pm on Saturday and Sunday (to be verified - always best to check yourself).

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