Saturday, December 14, 2013

Band profile - Makuini & The Hoo Doo Men

Band profile - Makuini & The Hoo Doo Men

Photo by Simon James Brown

Members and instruments
Makuini - Vocals
Pete ‘Sarge’ Frampton - Guitars
George Glover - Keyboards
Paul Burgess - Drums
Wayne Morgan - Basss
Steve Parry - Brass, Guitar, Harmonica
Dave Boraston - Brass, Guitar

Describe your sound in one sentence
Soulful with life story lyrics.

What is your "mission"? 
To connect my songs and lyrics with both a young and mature audience

If the act was an animal or bird, which would it be?
Peacock

What other people say
"This lady has an amazing voice that will make you still up and listen and that is exactly what you should do."
John Seymour Firebrand Magazine

Official website
www.makuini.co.uk

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Makuini

Youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh9GgnVm8Si2uwZEQf2gU1w

Twitter feed
https://twitter.com/makuiniw

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?   
To be playing to a listening audience, who are there for the music

Friday, December 13, 2013

Band profile - Forty4

Band profile - Forty4

Awaiting photo

Members and instruments
Neil Partington – Guitar/Vocals
Paul Starkey – Guitar
Glen Lewis – Keyboards
Bill Price – Bass Guitar
Nick Lauro – Drums

Describe your sound in one sentence
We can do it in one word: "Greasy"

What is your "mission"? 
To get people on the music

If the band was an animal or bird, which would it be? 
A Bonobo

What other people say
"They are Forty4 and you will hear more of them, I thought that was excellent!"
Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Official website
www.forty4music.com

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/scarygoodmusic

YouTube channel
www.youtube.com/user/paulstarkey75/

Twitter feed
https://twitter.com/Forty4_Music

SoundCloud page
https://soundcloud.com/forty4music-com

Reverbnation page
http://www.reverbnation.com/forty4

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
We've been trying to get on this popular festival for 4 years so getting a slot is an achievement enough in itself. It's a new festival crowd for us so let's see if we can turn some heads onto our music.

Band Profile - Bare Bones Boogie Band

Band Profile - Bare Bones Boogie Band


Photo Mike McAdam

Members and instruments:
Helen Turner (VOX) – Iain Black (Guitar) – Trev Turley (Bass) – Andy Jones (Drums)

Describe your sound in one sentence
The BBBB play stripped-down, heavy, soulful blues, with roots from the late 60’s and early 70’s electric blues-rock.

What is your "mission"?
We like keep things simple to let the music breathe. We do not apologise for our rawness, nor for our tenderness.

If the band was an animal or bird, which would it be?
A Black Cat (See ‘Red’ album BBBBCD1, ‘Black Cat Strikes Back’)

What other people say
‘The fact that Robert Plant dropped into a Bare Bones Boogie Band gig earlier this year speaks volumes about the wind currently gathering in this band’s sails.’
(Henry Yates – Classic (Rock) Blues Magazine, on the BBBB’s inclusion in the ‘Best 50 Blues CD’s of 2013’ for ‘Tattered & Torn’)

Official website
www.barebonesboogieband.com

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bare-Bones-Boogie-Band/270636402960118?ref=hl

Twitter feed
https://twitter.com/BareBBBB

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
What more can be said, except brilliant to be a part of and an honour to be playing at the UK’s Best Blues Festival, as voted for the last two years running by the British Blues Awards.

Band profile - Virgil and the Accelerators

Band profile - Virgil and the Accelerators

Photo by Steve Gerrard

Members and instruments
Virgil McMahon - Lead Guitar - Vocals
Jack Timmis - Bass - Vocals
Gabriel McMahon - Drums

Describe your sound in one sentence
Big original sound on the very edge of blues rock.

What is your "mission”?  
To think outside the box and deliver solid original material. All in all to be the best we can be.

If the act was an animal or bird, which would it be?
None, they cannot play instruments!!

What other people say
"For a three piece band VATA rocked, and the guitarist Virgil certainly knows his way around the fretboard. Jack and Gabriel are right up there with him, and they are the perfect springboard for Virgil to let loose. Anyone who gets Heep out of the dressing room must have something! I wish them all the luck in the world!"
Mick Box, Uriah Heep

Official website
www.vataband.com

Facebook page
Facebook.com/vataband

Youtube channel
vataband

Twitter feed
virgilandtheacc

Reverbnation page
http://www.reverbnation.com/virgilandtheaccelerators

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
We always love playing festivals and in particular looking forward to showcasing some new material at Hebden 2014.

Musician profile - Angelo Palladino

Musician profile - Angelo Palladino

Photo by Tony Cree

Instruments
Guitars, Slide, Harmonica.

Describe your sound in one sentence
Original roots music.

What is your "mission"?
To create great music in my own style.

If you were an animal or bird, which would it be?
Rock Salmon

What other people say
“If you want a taste of a what a great live solo performer Angelo Palladino is, then go and see him!”  Robert Campbell – www.audio-times.com. Taken from the review of new EP “Knucklebones.”

Official website
www.angelopalladino.com

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/angelo.palladino.332

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
Meeting and mixing with my peers, getting a higher profile and reaching a larger audience.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Transport and Accommodation update for Halifax

On any given Bank Holiday, there is a shortage of accommodation in Hebden Bridge, especially since the Town Hall started to facilitate weddings and civil partnerships. However, this year we have taken a number of countermeasures to ensure that all those music lovers who want to attend, can do so.

One of those is arranging a dedicated transport service from outside the Travelodge in central Halifax, to the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival Main Stage, before leaving Hebden on the return leg at 0145, after the Paddy Maguire Midnight Jam Sessions.

This will allow a wide array of hotels and apartments to be used in Halifax, with a safe and secure, dedicated Blues Coach to whisk you along the 20 minute (8 mile) journey.

The bus will then leave Halifax at the following midday, to ensure you miss none of the action!

It is strongly advisable to book your seats on the tickets page as soon as you book your accommodation as places will be strictly limited and are likely to be in high demand.

The departure times will be as follows:

Friday night / Saturday morning from Hebden Bridge to Travelodge Halifax, departing at 0145

Saturday daytime from Travelodge Halifax to Hebden Bridge, departing at 1200

Saturday night / Sunday morning from Hebden Bridge to Travelodge Halifax, departing at 0145

Sunday daytime from Travelodge Halifax to Hebden Bridge, departing at 1200

Sunday night / Monday morning from Hebden Bridge to Travelodge Halifax, departing at 0145




Monday, December 9, 2013

Band profile - Mark Pontin Group

Band profile - Mark Pontin Group

Photo by Rob Stanley

Band members and instruments
Mark Pontin Guitar/Vox; Christopher Baglole Drums/Backing Vox; Alun Walters Bass/Backing Vox

Describe your sound in one sentence
Energetic,skillful,raw,exciting guitar blues/rock with good songs at the core.

What is your "mission"?  
To make the best music we can make, to play and perform, to build our audience.

If the band was an animal or bird, which would it be?
A Honey Badger.Surrounded by bigger and predatory animals, the honey badger is one of the toughest animals, despite its small size! Represents us against major label and acts with lots of financial backing, we are resilient and will compete.

What other people say
"‘Days of Destiny’ is an album full of mature songwriting , played by a road tested band with the chops, integrity and imagination to circumvent all form of clich├ęs and bring a welcome breath of fresh air to the blues rock genre."
Pete Feenstra

Official website
www.markpontingroup.com

Facebook page
www.facebook.com/markpontingroup

Youtube channel
www.youtube.com/user/markpontingroup

Twitter feed
www.twitter.com/MarkPontinGroup

Reverbnation page
http://www.reverbnation.com/markpontingroup

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
Looking forward to getting a chance to show what we can do, and also getting to see other fine acts on the bill, and jam with Paddy and everyone at the midnight jam!

Photo by Rob Stanley

Musician profile - Dave Arcari

Musician profile - Dave Arcari

Photo by Jacky Beaugeois

Instruments
National guitars, vocals (and sometime banjo!)

Describe your sound in one sentence: 
National guitar-driven alt.blues that owes as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues

What is your "mission”? 
To enjoy myself and take as many folks along for the ride a possible

If you were an animal or bird, which would it be? 
Grizzly bear

What other people say 
"Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man..."
SEASICK STEVE

Official website 
http://www.davearcari.com

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/davearcarimusic

Youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/davearcari

Twitter feed
https://twitter.com/davearcari

Soundcloud page
https://soundcloud.com/davearcari

Reverbnation page
https://www.reverbnation.com/davearcari

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
Catching up with loads pals old and new

Band File - Lewis Hamilton Band

Band file - Lewis Hamilton Band


Act members and instruments: 
Lewis Hamilton (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Hamilton (Bass), Ben O'Reilly (Drums)

Was the act called anything else previously? 
Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers

Describe your sound in one sentence: 
Power trio Blues/Rock from Scotland

What is your "mission"?
Lewis has found himself sitting at or near the top of the UK ReverbNation blues charts for months now, and his name spreading fast around the UK music scene with features in Blues Matters and other music magazines. The band have been booked for over 300 shows from Farnham to Orkney and appeared at some of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including Hebden, Maryport and Shetland. Lewis has also appeared on stage with many top musicians including Henrik Freischlader, Ryan McGarvey and Alan Nimmo.

If the act was an animal or bird, which would it be?
Killer Rabbit from the Holly Grail

What other people say
" While he has shown that he can hold his own with any guitarist on the scene, he is so much more.  His work is soulful, evoking images in the mind of the listener that one would expect from a man twice his age."
Bill Wilson  (Reflections in Blue)

Official website: 
www.lewishamiltonmusic.com

Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/lewishamiltonguitar

Youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Fendermadlewis

Soundcloud page: 
https://soundcloud.com/lewis-hamilton-music

Reverbnation page: 
http://www.reverbnation.com/lewishamiltonmusic

What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?
The incredible vibe and fantastic people!

What's Behind The 2014 T-Shirt?

Every year we try to produce a distinctive T-shirt design, as each year tells its own story and has its own identity.

Although it is widely considered a marketing faux-pas, this year we have opted to change the colour scheme of our logo as a one-off, from the firey red guitar to a cool blue one. HBBF15 will see the return of the fire guitar so this shirt will be particularly collectable and, as normal, we will be doing a limited print run so as to completely run out.

Why did we make this change?

Well, 2014 will have a very distinct flavour in many ways so we wanted to produce something different to mark it out.

Amongst the most notable changes are these two:

  • This year Jason and Paddy will take a step back from hands-on running of the festival for the first time and be on a mission to see all of the bands. In their place, their partners Jenna and Kate (much more organised than the boys) will be marshalling the troops on the ground. This is likely to lead to the slickest and smoothest-running event of our history.
  • Up until now, the legendary partnership of Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner have closed every Sunday night, but for HBBF14 we decided to have a special one-off Blues-Rock themed night. Opened by Aussie legend Gwyn Ashton and featuring the Mark Pontin Group, the Russ Tippins Electric Band and Northsyde, the sparks will be flying in the church!
To be guaranteed your HBBF14 shirt before they run out, (usually on the Sunday morning) the safest thing is to order it in advance from the ticket page.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A new website for 2014

Welcome to our shiny new HBBF14 website!

It has just gone live this evening and still has quite a bit of content, particularly artists' biographies, to be added over the next few days, so please bear with us.



Tickets for 2014 on sale from December 7th

We are delighted to announce that tickets for Hebden Bridge Blues Festival 2014 will be on sale from this Saturday, December 7th, 2013.

In addition, anyone ordering by midnight on December 15th (not 14th as previously stated) gets guaranteed Christmas delivery to a UK address, as well as a most excellent special gift from us!


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