This August Pendle Leisure Trust is celebrating 24 years of bringing
International Rhythm and Blues to Colne, Lancashire
With more than 600 artistes performing at nine official venues over four days,
Colne's annual Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival is now as the key UK
rhythm & blues festival on the UK calendar , held over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Following last year's resounding success, there will be another afternoon of
Jazz on the Sunday.
Gracing the Muni's International Stage
will be Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, Ginger
Baker's Jazz Confusion - look out for the new movie 'Beware of Mr Baker';
Blues Music Awards nominee Joe Louis Walker, former Steely Dan & Doobie
Brothers guitar supremo plus...
Elliott Randall's New York All Stars, Lil'
Jimmy Reed, Steve Phillips & The Rough Diamonds, Paul Lamb & The
Chicago Blues Harmonica All Stars - featuring 3 of the
biggest three harmonica legends in music - Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Blue and
Billy Branch; The Swing Commanders, The Jive Aces, Ian Siegal,
King King and the Chas Hodges Band. Climax Blues Band
return, as well as Chris Farlowe & The Norman Beaker Band, the
ever-reliable Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood and The Pretty
Things are back to stun the Muni audience once again.
Ian Siegal (Photo by
British Stage highlights include the sensational hit of TV's Andrew Marr Show -
Blues Boy Dan Owen (now under the wing of Mick Fleetwood and soon to tour
with ZZ Top), Krissy Matthews and Cliff Stocker's Slack Alice, who
are guaranteed to ram the leisure centre.
Look out too, for The
Revolutionaires, the Maz Mitrenko Band and Midnight Train with Sam Kelly &
The Acoustic Stage continues its reputation for 'you should've been there'
performances, with Deborah Bonham returning after her barnstorming
International stage performance in 2009 and fresh from recent appearances with
Steve Cropper and Paul Rodgers.
Krissy Matthews provides a chance to see
him in a more intimate environment, with other performances coming from Gypsy
Bill Williams & Del Potter; Dale Storr, Mike Sweeney & Paddy O'Hare and Babajak
And thats all apart from the 7 official roadhouses!
The Jessica Foxley Stage returns again, giving young, local musicians a rare
opportunity to perform in front of the hundreds of fans on the British Stage
through the four day event.
And The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival will this year play host to the
British Blues Awards, hopefully bringing even more people to the event.
The British Blues Awards recognises the best of Blues music, musicians and
festivals in 15 different categories, including British Male and Female
Vocalist, British Blues Band,
British Instrumentalist and British Young Artist.
The awards will be presented on the British Stage on the Sunday afternoon.
BBC Radio Lancashire will once again be broadcasting live from the British Stage
at various times over the weekend.
Festival organiser, Alison Goode, said: "The Festival is now in its 24th year
and continues to pull in the crowds, which is a fantastic achievement. We look
forward to welcoming back loyal supporters who return year after year to enjoy
four whole days of live music, as well as those visiting for the first time.
"Every year we try to cater for all musical tastes and again, we are really
excited by the line-up we have already secured.
"Also for 2013, we are proud to be hosting the British Blues Awards, which will
hopefully bring more - and new - people to the Festival.
"And let's hope 13 will be a lucky number for us and we get some good weather to
add to the terrific line-up and create the fantastic buzz and atmosphere this
Festival is known for.Ē
Metallers Code Of Silence, fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Timo
Tolkkiís Revolution Renaissance / Adagio / Symbolica / Lord Of Mushrooms), have
signed with Mausoleum Records and Rubicon Music.
Produced by Paul Logue
(Edenís Curse) and mixed and mastered by Italian hot shot producer Alessandro
Del Vecchio (Edenís Curse / Hardline / Lionville) the bandís debut album 'Dark
Skies Over Babylon' is a grandiose thematic album based upon the tales of the
legendary Knights Templar during the period of the Crusades.
The album is scheduled for release on January 23 in Japan, February 25 in
Europe and April 9 in North America.
The band also filmed a
promotional video for their first single 'Sky Is Falling Down' in early December
2012 in Glasgow with Mycho Films, which is due to be premiered in Spring 2013.
A 2-minute sample of the
song 'Sky Is Falling Down' can be streamed below:
Alongside the experienced
Monsanto, the band features young virtuoso guitarist Ben Randall (Power Quest)
who turned heads when he won 'The Most Promising Young Guitarist' award at the
2008 inaugural Guitar Idol competition in London at just 17 years old.
With a field of over 750
international entrants, Randall wowed judges who commented on 'his level of
technical virtuosity at such a young age, coupled with a level of phrasing
beyond his years', a hallmark of his playing throughout the Code Of Silence
The rest of the band
consists of Keyboardist Scott McLean (Falloch / Concept Of Time), Drummer John
Clelland (The Crows / The Jack / Karma / The Troubleshooters), Bassist and band
leader James Murray.
'...Zappa was an inspiration especially a composer and also as a band leader. He was the person who showed me how an idea could be put on a blank sheet of paper and how it could then affect a 100 piece orchestra'
music we have actually learned 250 pieces since 2006, but that doesn't mean we
could just play them at the drop of a hat.
.When I was on
the road with The Eagles I practiced yoga in the morning and used meditation to
calm myself down. And while it was a difficult to do when you were in a Holiday
Inn with a freeway right outside your door, it was still a good way to start the
.When we started
on the material we just clicked. I couldn't believe how fast we locked into
something that worked so well.
There were no
egos and none of that 2/3 days rehearsing 'while I bend my notes'. These were
selfless soul songs and we all just went in and did them
going down 5th Avenue in Manhattan in a stretch Lincoln limo - I mean the real
sort before Essex girls got hold of them - and there I was thinking, for a bunch
of guys from Canvey Island this is pretty good.
..the way you
sell a band in a particular territory has a big role in how well you do.
So yeah it's how
you sell yourself, plus of course for me there's also the fact that we get a
chance to widen our crowd because of the Ozzy thing.
I suppose the
closest I got to folding the band was round about the time of the 'Conquest'
album'. I really did feel we'd gone as far as we could go.
But even then I
was inspired by the letters sent to the office from long time fans and from
people who had only just caught on to us.
I feel like I've
arrived at a place where I'm really comfortable and ready to go all the way. I'm
going to put my whole heart and soul into blowing European audiences away.
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
the States they nominated me for the Sean Costello Award for Rising Young Blues
Artist, and I've been doing this for ten years and sometimes you wonder just how
long I can be considered for that category before my star starts to descend !
There's a lot been said about how hard John (Mayall)was to work for, but I
think that must have been a long time ago, as his strength when I was in the
band was simply to give everyone enough rope...
It was great fun to work with Argent again but I can't think of that as being a creative thing again at present. The Zombies is my creative source at present.
...if I hadn't joined the Allman's in 1989 my solo career might
well have been different. I basically inherited their audience, but I always
loved the music and it has become a big part of me and of who I am.
It's by far the biggest, most complicated tour production ever.
We love Metal but we wanted to expand it and bring it somewhere different. That has been our approach from the very beginning, not to define ourselves by what other people did but to define ourselves by our own criteria.
...as a band, we've all matured and evolved, everybody's kind of at the top of their game.