New festival for town is unveiled

Blues Festival 2011 logo
Blues Festival 2011 logo

DETAILS of the first blues festival in Scarborough have been revealed.

The inaugural event, organised by Scarborough Blues Club and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, will run for four days next month.

It will feature a range of music – from soulful male vocalists, raunchy female vocalists, laid back ‘Americana’, electric ‘Chicago’ style blues, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, high energy rock bands and contemporary blues.

“Scarborough has never promoted a Blues Festival before and an ambitious project like this would simply not have been possible without the assistance of everyone at the Stephen Joseph Theatre,” said spokesman for the Blues Club, Mark Horsley.

“I hope it will become an annual event and reflect the very best that Scarborough has to offer.

“The threatre management have been very supportive and keen to be involved. I think it shows that cultural heritage of the country is not just about ‘art’ but also about popular music, and roots music in particular,” he said.

Scarborough already has a literature festival, based at Scarbroough library, which is on in April, and a jazz festival, based at the Spa, in September.

The four-day blues festival will start on Thursday March 24 and culminate in an all-day event, featuring several world class bands, on Sunday March 27.

The first three days of the event will be held at the club’s normal venue – Cask Inn – and the final day will be held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

It will kick off with an opening night party and a Scarborough blues revue’ at the Cask Inn on the Thursday

This will feature more than a dozen of Scarborough’s most talented musicians, playing alongside the club’s resident four-piece band. The Friday programme will feature two of the region’s most popular blues-rock bands; Miles Gilderdale’s Blueflies and The Stefan Ward Band.

Two world class bands the Ian Parker Acoustic Trio and 24 Pesos will play on the Saturday.

The music starts on the Sunday at the theatre from 2pm.

There will be a wide range of talent on display. This includes five world class bands – Krissy Matthew, Guy Tortora, Alan Nimmo’s King King, Hokie Joint and Never The Bride– will feature in The Round while local musicians will entertain the audience, during the intervals and dinner break, in the restaurant. MC for the day will be the multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated guitarist Miles Gilderdale.