New! Merchandise store is now open with
the first festival CD, and limited edition T Shirts
A warm welcome for regular fans and newcomers alike, to the annual celebration of great blues music held in the historical town of Dereham in mid-Norfolk during July each year. We are immensely proud to have become established as a 'must do' festival on the national blues circuit.
Each year we vet over 120 bands and artists from all over the country, with a strong contingent of acts from Norfolk, reflecting the very strong class of blues muscianship locally. Over a dozen pubs, bars, hotels and clubs in the town fund all the festival bands, so that you, our visitors, get to enjoy nearly 50 top class live blues acts totally free of charge.
The acts have been chosen for their quality, and to showcase a broad range of blues styles, from laid back and mellow, through sassy swing, Chicago and Texas rock to all-out high octane driving rhythm with edgy riffs, all 100% live, 100% free* and 100% enjoyment.
*Except for the Wednesday night headline opener
Dereham Blues Festival 2019 well and truly kicked off last night, Wednesday 10th July, with a packed audience of appreciative music lovers at Dereham Memorial Hall to hear fantastic sets from some of the most accomplished musicians in the blues universe!
Ron Sayer writes a lot of the material he plays and described how he wrote the highly original 'I could agree with you baby, but then we'd both be wrong'. All in all it was a stormin' set and set an incredibly high expectation for the act which was to follow.
Hamilton Loomis had brought bassist Mike Meade and saxophonist Fabian Hernandez with him from Texas for his UK tour and, together with British drummer Will Morris they rocked the Dereham Memorial Hall for 90 minutes of incredible musicianship.
The set featured possibly the most original and virtuoso bass solo ever seen in the Memorial Hall as well as an extended jam which featured almost the entire Led Zeppelin repertoire. Hamilton jumped off the stage and joined the audience, even running up to the balcony, all the while playing his heart out.
Both acts made a lot of people very happy and gained many, many new fans. What a start to what looks like being the best festival yet!