Headline act: Andy Fairweather Lowe & The Low Riders
The Dereham Blues Festival enjoyed “another stellar year” in 2017 according to the press coverage of the event. Thousands flooded into Dereham to enjoy bands from across the country. “2017 was the event's fifth year and, as every year, the festival launched with a sensational, sell-out opening concert. The only ticketed gig at the festival, the opening concert always features a major blues talent to kick off the four day festival in style.
The opening concert, organised by the Friends of Dereham memorial Hall, featured Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, supported by the Dove and Boweevil Band. Chairman of the Friends, Tim Cara said they were delighted to have signed a leading British blues artist. “He is a class act, hugely in demand in his own right as well as having played with the very best on the world stage,” he said. “IT shows that Dereham and the blues festival can attract some of the very best acts in the UK to come and play here.”
Not only is Andy a seriously great guitarist and often employed by the likes of Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Bill Wyman but his band is exceptional. The playing was sublime and the audience lapped up their two set gig which paid tribute to rock, jazz, blues, country, soul and gospel before ending with Andy’s earliest hits Gin House Blues and If Paradise is Half As Nice.
3 Cornered Wheel, After Hours Blues Band, Against The Grain, All Blue, Bad Day Blues Band, Bell Ayre, Benjamin Bassford, Bessies Blues, Blues Business, Blues Situation, Blues Train, Born Healer, Chicago One Zero, Connor Selby Band, Dave Ferra, Dave Thomas Blues Band, Dawson Smith & the Dissenters, DC Wilson Band, Don't Lose Heart, Egypt, Four Play, Gold Rush, Graham Mcgrotty's Blues Band, Harpoon Blues Band, Heartlands Delta Singers, Hot Cold Ground, Hot Tramp, How Askew, Joe Anderton Band, John's Blues Crew, Kit Trigg, Loose Moorings, Mark Pontin Group, Mojo Preachers, Mule, Paul Tinklers Part Time Blues Band, Rich Somers, Roadhouse, Robin Bibi, RSJ, Ryk Mead, Stone Pony, Storm Warning, Swampgrass, The Baroness and the Bear, The Cherry White Band, The Cruiser Blues Band, The Metro House Band, The Sharpeez, Tom McCartney, Tony Brook, Uncalled Four, Youth bands, Yve Marie Barwood