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Past Years

2018
Headline act: Georgie Fame

The 6th Annual Dereham Blues Festival was propelled to a superlative start in the Town’s Memorial Hall last night by the legendary Georgie Fame and The Family Trio. Making up the trio are Georgie’s sons Tristan on guitar with brother James playing drums and together they performed an enthralling show, documenting Georgie Fame’s career spanning nearly 60 years in the music business. Tunes from every decade, including of course all the hits (Yeh Yeh, Bonnie and Clyde) were set in context by the man himself with genial and illuminating anecdotes between the numbers. There were great songs by influential performers and writers like Booker T, Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Hoagy Carmichael, Floyd Dixon and Peggy Lee and even a spot of country with He’ll Have To Go – a nod to Jim Reeves via Ry Cooder.

The Hammond organ is an extraordinarily expressive instrument and Georgie knows exactly how to handle it. He just touches the keyboard and the stage infuses with the blues. His still-strong voice is instantly recognisable too and his songs were delivered with a deeply imbedded blues tonality supported attentively by Tristan and James. The brothers are both musicians with a stature matching their dad’s and in the second set Tristan’s rendering of Hendrix’s Red House, was a tour de force, totally fitted to the opening gig of the Dereham Blues Festival.

Acts appearing:

Adenland, After Hours, Against The Grain, Albert Cooper and the Blues and Boogie Band, Automatic Annie, Bell Ayre, Blues Business, Blues Jamm Project, Blues Situation, Blues Tubes, Bo-nidle, Born Healer, Cherry White, Chris King Robinson, Cold Sweat, Connor Selby Band, Cruiser Blues Band, D C Wilson Band, Don’t Lose Heart, Ed & Laura, Egypt, Fourplay, Gin City, Goldrusha, Harpoon Blues Band, How Askew Band, Joe Goes Green, London Blues Machine, Mark Harrison, Mogo, Mule, Paul Tinkler Part Time Blues Band, Polymer Five, Ray Fenwick and the Rest, Robin Bibi Band, Rough'n'Ready, Stone Pony, Tanya Piché Blues Band, The Bad Day Blues Band, The Mojo Trio, The Rhythm Travellers, The Uncalled Four, Three Cornered Wheel, Tom McCartney, Yve Mary B

2017
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. “017 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.

Acts appearing:

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

2016
Headline act: Dr Feelgood

July 2016 saw the fourth and the biggest Dereham Blues Festival ever, with more than 100 performers, over 45 bands and a total of 16 venues hosting some of the finest blues musicians in the UK. The opening concert, organised in partnership with the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall was a sell-out and the audience of more than 350 people enjoyed an evening of sensational blues music and electric performances from headline act Dr Feelgood and his band, supported by the wonderful Rebecca Downes. 

The evening was kicked off in style with the Heartlands Delta choir singing in the bar area before the main performance.

Acts appearing:

Adenland, After Hours Blues Band, Against the Grain, All Blue, Baroness and the Bear, Benjamin Bassford, Bessie’s Blues, Blacktop Deluxe, Blues Situation, Bob Hokum, Born Healer, Cherry White, Dave Thomas Blues Band, DC Wilson Band, Dirty Diamond and the Gunslingers, Don’t Lose Heart, Dove and Boweevil Band, Dust Bowl, Four Play, GT’s Boos Band, Half Deaf Clatch, Howlin' Matt, Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective, Mark Harrison, Misdirected, Mojo Preachers, Paul Tinkler’s Part Time Blues Band, Purple Jimi, Richard Townsend, Rich Somers, Roadhouse, RSJ, Shortstuff, Shunters Blues Band, Smokestack Lightning, Soft Shoe Sam, Split Whiskers, Stone Pony, The Cruiser Blues Band, The WapWaps, Tim Jones, Tom Seals, Tony Brook, Uncalled Four

2015
Headline act: Mud Morganfield

Now in its third year, 2015 brought the continued success of the Dereham Blues Festival (DBF).  Once again the launch concert was sold out before the festival began! 

This year saw the award-winning Mud Morganfield take to the stage at Dereham Memorial Hall for what can only be described as an amazing and unforgettable experience.  The ever popular 32 strong Dereham Blues Festival Community Choir performed on the streets of Dereham to kick off the weekends best blues bands and artists in the the region and further afield play at the twelve venues.

Acts appearing:

A13 Allstars, Aden Land, After Hours Blues Band, Against The Grain, Astrojets, Blue Crew, Blues Situation, Cold Sweat, Cruiser Blues Band, D.C Wilson Band, Dani Dorchin, Don't Loose Heart, Dust Bowl, Jamie Rose Band, Malaya Blue, Neil Daniels And Dave Morrison, Outtathablues, Paul Tinkler's Part Time Blues Band, Percy Paradise, Pete Harris Trio, Robert Hokum, Robin Bibi With The Shunters Blues Band, Shortstuff, Slow Gin, Space Eagle, Stone Pony, The Baroness And The Bear, The Brian Rawson Band, The Dave Thomas Band, The Dove And Boweevil Band, The Harpoon Blues Band, The Mojo Preachers, The Roses

2014
Headline act: Paul Jones

This year we were very proud to host the amazing Paul Jones with The Dave Thomas Blues Band. The event was jointly organised  by NBS and The Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall. The  doors opened on Friday 11th for this unique, one off opportunity to see both Paul Jones and Dave's Band together on the same stage. The sell-out concert was a brilliant and unique experience enjoyed by all. 

Some changes to the first year ensured everyone enjoyed non-stop blues with some amazing artists playing at numerous venues in the town centre for all to enjoy along with a free limited edition souvenir program.  It was great to see folk wandering down Dereham Streets heads buried in their programmes and planning which band to see where next.

Also new this year was the Dereham Blues Festival, Community Blues Choir, led by Lauren Dove. A four hour workshop was held on Saturday prior to the festival with the aim of learning three blues songs and 18 people took part and together they performed the songs at various locations on the Festival Saturday morning to the delight of Dereham shoppers. The choir was vey popular and moves are afoot to make it a group that meets regularly with street performance in mind. 

Acts appearing:

A13 Allstars, Aden Land, After Hours Blues Band, Against The Grain, Astrojets, Aviator, Blue Crew, Blues Situation, Cruiser Blues Band, D.C Wilson Band, Don't Loose Heart, Johnny Jump Band, Keno Kings, Neil Daniels And Dave Morrison, Outtathablues, Paul Tinklers Part Time Blues Band, Rob Holmes Band, Slow Gin, Space Eagle, Stone Pony, The Dove And Boweevil, The Mojo Preachers, The Shunters Blues Band, Workhorse

2013
Headline act: Ron Sayer Jnr & the Dave Thomas Band

Acts appearing:

A13 Allstars, Adenland, After Hours Blues Band, Against The Grain, Cruiser Blues Band, Dave Thomas, Dennis Elsworth, Devlin Blue, Dove And Boweevil, Dwight Pereira, Luke Arnold And Co, Neil Daniels & Dave Morrison, Outathablues, Paul Tinklers Blues Band, Ron Sayer Jr, Space Eagle, Stone Pony, The Creole Brothers, The Mojo Preachers, The Shunters Blues Band, Yve Mary B