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Preview of the Blackburn Blues’ Festival

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The Blackburn Blues’ Festival comes to King Georges’ Hall on Sunday 6 October 2013.

Here is a preview of some of the acts taking to the stage.

[frame align=”left”][/frame]Pat Travers Band

Pat Travers was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12, he saw Hendrix perform in Ottawa. Inspired by Hendrix, as well as other artists including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Travers began playing in bands early in his teens; his first bands were The Music Machine Red Hot and Merge, which played in Quebec-area clubs.

His popularity with fans and his music skill combined to give Travers a reputation as one of the rising stars of Guitar Rock in the mid 1970s. The albums Go For What You Know and Crash and Burn from the early 1980s, increased his profile to that of a super star of the Guitar Rock world.

Travers was still rocking in 2006 with the Power Trio playing cover tunes from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Queen, Trapeze under the album name: P.T. Power Trio 2, and they toured Europe in November 2006.

Henrik Freischlader

Henrick is a German blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Wuppertal in Germany.  As he grew up, Henrik taught himself how to play the drums, the bass guitar, the guitar, and various other instruments.  He has carved out his place at the top of the blues scene in 3 years, with over 500 concerts and 3 successful CDs.

On his studio album “Recorded by Martin Meinschäfer” (2009) he plays all instruments – guitars, bass guitar, drums, percussion, and hammond organ.  In addition to this, he composed the songs, wrote the lyrics, produced the record, and released it on his own record label Cable Car Records. Numerous appearances with blues legends such as BB King, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Jethro Tull and Joe Bonamassa have introduced Henrik Freischlader to a larger audience, so get ready for old-school guitar-oriented blues-rock that almost surpasses the masters!

Slack Alice have been described as ‘ a must for all lovers of truly great R & B music’. Having gloried in the ‘fame’ in the 70′s with the original Slack Alice, Cliff Stocker is a legend in himself and once heard, his distinct gravelly voice is simply unforgettable.

With Cliff on vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar, the highly talented guitarists Chris Preston on lead and Dobro slide guitar, Colin Redmond on lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, Alan Sagar with his unique style on bass guitar and hard hitting Liam Barber on drums….. the band certainly deliver a combination of gritty rock and blues.

The current high class line up is playing more blues than ever with a comfortable crossover into country blues and rock.

Erja Lyytinen was born in Kuopio, a small town in central Finland and was raised by a musically-orientated family on the sounds of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Deep Purple. She also listened to a lot of pop music, especially Madonna and Michael Jackson. By the age of 15 she was singing and playing the violin with her mother (a bassist) and father, who encouraged her to take up his own instrument – the electric guitar.

A 2010 graduate from the prestigious Helsinki Sibelius Academy, Erja signed her first record deal in 2001 and has been a professional gigging musician for a more than a decade. She has also been tagged as her homeland’s answer to Bonnie Raitt and like Bonnie she chooses not to dwell exclusively in any one particular niche. The blues is her home – undeniably so – but she loves to explore, blur and, where appropriate, transcend the genre’s boundaries.

Jo Harman and Company exploded onto the blues scene last year, with a world-class band and stunning voice, drawing heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul’.  Although Jo has indeed appeared to have come from nowhere fast, the reality is she has been taking her time, living life, developing her craft, and building, quietly and bottom up, a significant and solid following.

With 40 festival performances in 2013 alone, many as headliners, including prestigious slots at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Parkpop, Netherlands where she was one of 12 (otherwise household name) artists playing to 300,000 people, Jo is becoming increasingly regarded as potentially the finest soul/blues/gospel/roots influenced artist this country has ever produced.

Innes Sibun began playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing B.B King.  As a teenager he played in many bands playing punk, reggae, rock, folk & jazz learning from different musicians along the way.

In 1993 Innes was asked to join Robert Plant’s band for his “Fate of nations” tour. The tour took in America, Europe & South America where they played the Rock in Rio festivals in Sao Paulo & Rio as well as playing in Argentina, Chile, Venezuela & Mexico. During the U.S dates Innes was able to meet & play with many of his blues heroes like Buddy Guy & James Cotton in Chicago, he also jammed at Antones blues club in Austin Texas with Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton, Chris Duarte & many other legends of the Austin blues scene. His guitar playing can be heard on Robert’s “66 to Timbuktu” & “Nine lives” albums.

Following the tour with Robert Plant Innes made several albums for Viceroy records, “Superstitious” & “Honeypot” with his new band, they toured throughout Europe & opened up for Peter Green in New York as well as touring Europe with Roger Chapman & Chris Farlowe.

Ron Sayer Jr began playing guitar at seven, was gigging by the time he was 10 and never really wanted to do anything else. Taking the rocky road from Hank Marvin to Robert Johnson and stopping off pretty much everywhere in-between!! He became pretty well qualified in music, gaining a BA (hons) in classical music, trained at Homerton College, Cambridge University and won the coveted title of “Guitarist Of The Year” a few years back, playing at Wembley Live Music Hall and appearing in Guitarist Magazine, not to mention winning a beautiful custom shop Fender. He has worked for an international music distribution company for several years and as a result has released over 100 albums of different genres.

After a time working on chops and studying the beautiful thing that is music, Ron is now back with his band writing original tunes. He currently performs at venues around the UK with his own band.   His music is a combination of blues, funk and rock and strives to create something fresh and uncomplicated for guitar music lovers everywhere.

For more information on Blackburn Blues Festival, the artists or to book tickets, please visit http://www.blackburnbluesfestival.co.uk/acts.htmlor call 01472 349 222

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