Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders to open the 2017 blues festival
Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Dereham Blues Festival's opening event on Thursday 6th July at the Dereham Memorial Hall will feature Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders.
Andy's glittering international career spans from the late ‘60s when as lead singer with the band Amen Corner had a Number 1 hit in the U.K. with "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice", followed by a string of top ten hits, the most famous being as a solo performer with "Wide Eyed And Legless". A top notch performer and guitarist, he has recorded with and performed on stage with the very best including Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, The Who and many other rock and blues stars.
Quite simply, Andy Fairweather Low has been – and continues to be - the guitarist and vocalist of choice for a phenomenal cast list of musical luminaries.
Dereham Blues Festival's opening concert is organised by the volunteer group ‘Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall' who do sterling work providing high class entertainment in the town at the theatre. Chairman Tim Cara says "We're delighted to have signed Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders to kick start the 2017 Dereham Blues Festival with a leading British blues act. He is a class act, hugely in demand in his own right as a performer as well as having played with the very best on the world music scene. It shows that Dereham and the blues festival can attract some of the very best acts in the UK to come and play here.”
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM PAST FESTIVALS:
WHY THE BLUES AND WHY DEREHAM?
Blues is a broad based music genre, rooted deep in the social fabric of today's society and has given rise to some of the most popular forms of music we know today! Geographically smack in the centre of Norfolk, Dereham is often referred to as the 'Heart of Norfolk' and the Dereham Blues Festival is all set to supply the 'Beat'!
With top blues bands from all over the UK, sponsored by the venues, festival goers can enjoy free access to a truly wide range of styles delivered by talented musicians. On offer will be a whole mess o' blues from Mississippi swamp through to R&B, from the Chicago blues of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters to Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan right up to the funky, verging on jazz. There really is something for everyone!
The Dereham Blues Festival is a must for all music lovers and we look forward to welcoming you to the only Festival in the UK that can boast literally 'More than Twelve Bars of Blues' .
STOP PRESS: FESTIVAL NEWS
Bands can now apply for 2017 click here
DEREHAM BLUES FESTIVAL 2016
2016 saw the fourth annual blues festival, with more acts, more venues and more fantastic music for us all to enjoy. In the run up to the festival, a new feature was the information point in the Market Place, accompanied by street musicians. For more images, see our 2016 gallery here, or join our facebook group here.
Also new, as part of the planning for 2016, was the creation of a not-for-profit company for the organisation of future blues festivals. The company's Board, all of whom are volunteers, all wish to support and promote blues music to the widest possible audience. At the same time, the festival also aims to bring a new audience into Dereham to sample local shops, bars, hotels and restaurants and to contribute to the local economy.
The festival organisers are already looking ahead to 2017 and will soon put out a call for bands and musicians who would like to appear. Check the website regularly and look for the WANNA PLAY? page for the application form.
Join the crew!
Each year, the DBF Board aim to bring new musicians and new attractions into Dereham and, as the festival grows, the organisation becomes more complicated. If you would like to be part of this initiative, please volunteer to help with the planning and delivery of next year's festival. To get involved, contact us by email here.
We can also offer internships to students interested in practising their social media skills during the festival run-up, from January through to July.
Each year, the Mid-Norfolk Railway run dedicated trains over the festival weekend including reduced rate late night trains to/from Wymondham and our local stations at Yaxham, Thuxton & Kimberley Park so visitors and local people can travel to/from the festival on Friday & Saturday night.