The Blues element of the Festival is bolstered this year by a strong line-up including 2016 Festival hit, Kirk Fletcher . The charismatic US guitarist who opened for Muddy Waters Junior makes his return, joined by two Bristol musicians who he met back in 2016. One of the greatest blues guitarists/vocalists on the scene today Josh Smith , even at 14 years old, was said to be “three heartbreaks away from being a true blues genius” by Jimmy Thackery. Several years and albums later, Smith fulfils that prophecy night after night.
Festival favourites Aynsley Lister , Ian Siegal and The Bristol Bluesmen make a welcome return whilst the Blues selection is topped off with the incredible Lucky Peterson , a champion of blues in its original form and is an essential part of today’s thriving blues scene. With over 30 albums to his name since his debut in 1969, Peterson is one of the genres true living legends.
There will also be free music between gigs at the Anson Rooms across the weekend as we continue our work to support local and community bands.
A Limited-Edition Blues Pass covering all 6 blues gigs is available for £70 (+bf) – would be worth £113 if gigs booked separately.