Here are the artists appearing at the festival in 2022 with links to their websites where available, together with the times and venues for their gigs. A quick peek at each venue is available by clicking the venue names.
After Hours have been 'Rocking the Blues' for the past 25 years and have gained a formidable following in the Norfolk area over time. Steve Tansley's and Dave Crane's 'smokin' guitar playing is complemented by Harry Collins on Bass and David "Nobby" Sparrow on drums. Over the years After Hours have shared the bill with some of the greats such as Barclay James Harvest, Focus, Art Wood (Ronnie's brother), Toyah Wilcox, Suzy Quatro, Dr Feelgood and many many more..... After Hours have been referred to as ' Road Dogs' because they've been around for so long! ...So, If you want to hear some of the best Blues Rock in East Anglia , these boys deliver it in spades
The Cherry Tree
Incendiary guitar playing, bluesy vocals and funky grooves characterise the music of Andy Grant Band. Think classic rock era rock 3 piece with 21st century edge - add a dash of slide guitar and you're getting close to this rootsy blend of blues, soul and rock. Great songs, soulful vocals and awesome fretboard skills! -- Blues Matter. Laidback, earthy and grounded, Grant's soulful acoustic rock arrives fully formed, mature and ready for anyone. -- Musician. Really excellent music -- Phill Jupitus, BBC TV's Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Ashley Sherlock Band
Exciting Manchester trio offer up a modern take on the blues and country songwriting styles of the American Deep South, with plenty of classic rock dynamics and delicious guitar solos for good measure.
With their foot-stomping, danceable rhythms and a lot of fun, Back Porch will make you laugh, cry and tap your feet! It’s a stripped down line-up of harp, washboard and guitars – just some mates sitting on a back porch, playing the blues.
Ben Hemming Band
London based singer songwriter with strong blues influence to his work influenced by the beat writers of the early sixties and the music of BB King and Howlin' Wolf, with lyrics inspired by the likes of Jack Kerouac
15 years playing blues music of all styles, this band focusses on paying homage to Robert Johnston, often referred to as the grandfather of modern blues. Their faithful performances of his songs are seasoned for today's audience.
BLUES BUSINESS are a good, solid, old school Blues at its best! Soulful vocals, welcome Blues harmonica, sharp guitar & tight drum an’ bass. Songs straight out of the Chicago songbook, the kind of stuff that is great to dance to… Road Dogs one and all, bloody good too!
We love playing at Dereham and the audiences are always really up for it and enjoy our heavy soulful blues thing! As well as Dereham, this year we've supported Aynsley Lister, played the 100 Club, the Skegness R&B festival and will play Upton and Colne festival later this summer. We've released some brand new material on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and we'll be playing it live at Dereham!
Playing a mix of electric Blues covers from the juke joints of the Delta to the mean streets of Chicago via the British Blues Invasion, we will sooth your soul, move your body and free your mind!
We are a 5-piece rhythm & blues band based in Hertfordshire. Driven by strong sassy vocals and supported by a heady mix of sax & guitar all built upon a 1st class rhythm section.
If you are looking for Attitude and Emotion Then look no Further than ‘Cold Sweat’. Andy Clouting (lead/Rhythm Guitar) is a seasoned Musician, his Skilful playing has a noticeable wide variety of influences with, an obvious respect to them all. The five-piece Band also has Dennis Robbins on Keys ,Peter Thompson (bass/vocals), Stan Clouting (Drums), and Simon Lovick (Vocals). They Play Rhythm’n’Blues, Boogie and, Rock’nRoll . Every Gig Includes a variety of Classics and Originals Designed to keep you Listening on and off the Dance Floor. Between them their Influences include Albert, BB and, Freddie King, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Free, ZZ Top and of course, Elvis. ‘Cold Sweat’ have played for years on the Local Live Circuit of Clubs, Pubs and Beer Festivals, around Norfolk and Suffolk.
The Red Lion
The Cruiser Blues Band, now known as The Cruisers, have played the Festival every year since its inception. Set consists of a mix of blues, rhythm & blues and a couple of original numbers.
The D. C. Wilson Band leaves no tail feathers unstirred and no booty unshaken with its own brand of old-school R’n’B guaranteed to get you up and dancing. Fronted by D. C. Wilson, probably the best-dressed bluesman in East Anglia, the band features the B.B-esque guitar of Simon Sales, the fiery Hammond of Henry Gee, Matthew Turner-Hook on bass and Paul ‘Timeless’ Borley on drums, all sewn up with the congas of Nick ‘Arnold’ Stevenson to sprinkle the whole combo with Latin fairy dust. You’ll have ‘a blistering good time’ wrote reviewer Patrick Nugent of a recent D. C. Wilson show – ‘A great collection from the archives of truly great rhythm and blues in all its real forms … brilliant stuff’.
Dave Ellis Blues UK Band
Professional widely toured band performing material from Delta Blues through to contemporary including , Texas, Chicago, British hybrid Blues/Rock seasoned with . Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy
Dawson Smith and the Dissenters
A classic guitar driven bluesy rootsy Americana band with loads of lead and slide guitars. delivering burning blues,country rock and roll, boogie and some strong Delta blues influences. With five successful albums the band averages over 100 shows every year.
Delta Fuse is a Cut-Throat, Brothel Blues Rock band from Ireland.with their sounds soaked in Soul and 60's Psychedelia. If you have to see at least one band this fetival make it this one.
Dove and Boweevil
Soaring vocals from Lauren Dove and raw, gritty guitar from Mark 'Boweevil' Howes provide energising memorable Americana, vintage soul and stax influenced set.
Lou's Juke Joint
Egypt is a UK blues rock three piece band formed in 1987 by: Eric Chipulina - guitar and vocals, Alan Fish - bass and vocals, Peter Correa on drums. All three are former members of legendary progressive blues outfit The Groundhogs, and have featured on several albums and toured throughout the UK and Europe over many years. Alan´s credentials also include playing with members of Welsh heavy rock pioneers Budgie in the band Tredegar, two albums for ex-Bo Diddley harp player Billy Boy Arnold, and a European tour for Chuck Berry among other things.
The Cherry Tree
Fat and Furious
Fast hard hitting rockabilly blues band consisting of 4 lunatics playing rockabelly music! Stand still if you can or hold onto something that will.
Forged (formally Adenland) now a fourpiece playing a wide range of Blues & blues/rock, featuring Aden & Barry Gerrens, Andy Watson & Tom Fincham... special blues set for the festival.
The Red Lion
Fourplay sit at the rockier end of the blues, think George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. With over 2500 gigs and 30years in the business this year Fourplay are the definition of the three man quartet. Track us down and we´ll rock your blues away.
Generation III are a classic rock cover trio formed in Fakenham, playing music from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and many more.
We are a lively blues/swing and rocking boogie woogie band based in Norwich. Well established we have played several years at the Blues Festival and would love another chance to enjoy this great event. We are a five piece band made up of keyboard, harmonica/guitar/drums/bass and female lead singer. We love putting our stamp onto the blues etc songs and making them our own.
Goldrusha deliver blues classics alongside original material in an innovative style, combining soulful vocals and old-school fingerpicked guitar with flourishes of rock and electronica
Hard Working Blues Band
We play a mix of upbeat blues with tinges of funk, soul and danceable songs, perfect for a party crowd.
Henry is a well respected local performer giving powerful renditions of both blues classics and his own material. His excellent guitar licks and gritty voice are augmeted by his passion for music performance.
Holman Hilts and Delaney
An eclectic 3 piece band playing a wide range of blues , Americana and early 70's rock and soul. With a heavy focus on vocal harmonies, the band comprises Dave Jackson (drums), Jack Johnson ( guitars) and Russ Edwards (bass).
4-piece Hot Cold Ground have been belting out rocking rhythm and blues for 10 years and show no signs of stopping. Classic blues tunes you know, and some catchy original numbers about cheese, local roads and the perils of songwriting. Daniel – Guitar/Vocals; Trevor – Guitar; Dave – Bass; Richard – Drums.
The Kings Head
John Doe Trio
Be ready for explosive, hard-riffing, blues-rocking, bass-throbbing and blistering performance from a powerful band of exceptional musicians well known on the UK circuit.
Blues as it should be. Harmonica led four piece blues band. East anglia´s true blues band. You get what it says on the tin. The best blues in town. Oh yea.
Toftwood Social Club
Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the UK Blues Challenge 2018 and the European Blues Challenge 2019, voted Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards and semi-finalist in the International Blues Challenge 2019 and 2020, Kyla Brox is at the very top of the UK Blues scene.
Dereham Memorial Hall
Little Bo Walker
When three top quality musicians get together they are more than the sum of their parts. Sublime guitar from Mark Howes and Andy Walker combine with the scintillating vocals of Little Red. (Sophie)
Lou and the Tall Boys
Featuring on bass the amazing Mr Martin York, on guitar the wonderful Mr Trevor staff with Louisa Sadler on lead vocals and guitar. They will be hosting 'Lou’s Juke Joint' in the Metro and playing two sets of their own unique mix of originals and covers.
A guru of the local blues scene. Spine chilling harp riffs and bourbon drenched vocals draw you in as Luke's eccentric delivery of standards and his own conteporary numbers just ooze into the atmosphere.
Mandie Graham Band
The Mandie Graham Band is a new venture made up of established musicians from the blues / rock scenes in London and Cambridge. Guitarist Ted Koehorst had played in bands around Cambridge and with ex members of the Soft Boys snd Katrina and the Waves along with Martin Scott the drummer. Both in Bands such as The Lonely and Frigidaires, and still going. Bob Jakins was the original bass player in Katrina and the Waves and currently The Lonely. Mandie Graham has been the vocalist with London blues rock band Roadhouse since 1993 and more recently a member of duo Rough’N’Ready and the band Dangerous Daydream. After a chance meeting at the Cambridge Rock Festival and a one off gig on new years eve 2019, they found that they really enjoyed working with each other and so The Mandie Graham Band was formed. Playing mainly covers of blues / rock songs with a few originals thrown in they look forward to entertaining the visitors to this great festival.
Martin Burch Band
The Leicester three piece came together in early 2020. The Band endeavour to convey some of the energy of Rory Gallagher, the groove of Free and the quirky drive of ZZ Top. New EP 'Do Not Go Gentle' Out Now.
Michael Woods is a Fingerpicking, Ragtime Bottleneck & Blues Guitarist with four well received albums. Embracing the rich history of early blues, Michael’s powerful picking really shines on material ranging from classic acoustic blues to self-penned songs & instrumentals
Ministry of Mojo is our name.We´re a 5 piece Blues band based around Colchester. the band has been established approx 3 years and has recently undergone a major personel change.The current website needs updating,but I,ll provide a link anyway. The short video is of the current line-up and gives a better feel for what we currently do. Thanks
London based, three-times British Blues Awards nominee on a heart felt, successful quest to blend classic blues and soul. 'He clearly knows a thing or two about the blues' -- Norman Darwen, Blues In The South.
Paul has toured Germany and apeared in and around the London venues, playing with such names as Chris Barber and The Kinks bass player Jim Rodford. He has also been the front man for "John Slaughter's Blues Band" and the "CC Blues Band". These days, as well as being available for private engagements, Norfolk based Paul can be regularly seen performing with his "Part Time Blues Bands" in such popular East Anglian music venues.
Paying energetic homage to Jimi Hendrix, a full-on show that features all of your favourite Hendrix tunes, performed with virtuosity and committment. Simply great music performed by great players of genuine pedigree.
The Red Lion
Richard Townend is frequently favorably compared to JJ Cale, Chris Rea and Dire Straits. His solo work encompasses an exciting array of self penned songs looped into a full band sound as he plays. “Melancholic, relaxed and enthralling: Richard Townend is a fascinating songwriter in the world of Blues." WASSER-PRAWDA.DE
Robin Bibi Band have been exciting, inspiring and entertaining audiences in the U.K., Ireland , Europe and the USA for almost 20 years and they just keep on increasing their energy and originality with every show! After an extended period of ” Dues Paying” during which they played at almost all the major UK blues festivals appearing with artists such as Van Morrison , Chuck Berry, Bob Geldof , Dr Feelgood, UB40, Focus, Hawkwind, and many more.. Also releasing four studio and five live albums, Robin recently signed a deal with Ashwood Records and released his most original and critically acclaimed studio album “No More A Secret” which received extensive AirPlay on local and national radio and peaked at Number 2 in the Independant Blues Broadcasters Association playlist.
The Cherry Tree
Somewhere between the Mississippi Delta and a film noir thriller, Robin Evans plays filthy blues and sloppy rock & roll. Lo-fi vocals, dirty slide, stomping beats and a splash of paint.
Established in 2012, RockavoX is an independent rock choir offering it’s own unique spin on well-known rock and pop tracks of the past 70 years! Based in Dereham and Swaffham and part of the J.D.T. Music Academy, RockavoX performs at venues and gigs across Norfolk, raising money for charities and supporting the academy’s Big Build Project. We’re thrilled to be supporting the Dereham Blues Festival this year!
'Ross Stewart has it ! That something that blues music needs to make it reach the soul. Astonishing in such a young man - he's been here before.' -- NBS Secretary.
The George Hotel
Ryk Mead Band
Fret-meister Ryk Mead's Original Authentic Rock / Blues band producing something different and refreshing. From a desire to go his own way, to tread an individual path. This trio walk a line between pure improvisation and set arrangements. "Classy Performers"" (Jazz London Radio).}
Saltshaker are an acoustic blues duo based in Suffolk playing raw, uptempo, blues with Adrian Day on harmonica and vocals with Andy Heasman on guitar and vocals. Playing a mix of familiar, and not so familiar, blues songs and some of Andy’s original material too.
Guitar harp and vocals all delivered with grit n soul. Simon is a seasoned and well respected player on the Norfolk Blues scene. He plays his own original material mixed with some stomping classics.
'In a music landscape packed with bands all too often working the classics, it's great to hear a band delivering strong original material. How good it is to revisit the original values of playing with freedom, minimal production and maximum impact.' -- Nick Mason – Pink Floyd
Stoli Gibson and the Pearl Onions
4 piece blues-rock band from Kings Lynn, delivering no frills, mean and dirty, guitar driven blues (as well as a few drops of something slightly gentler). So buckle up boys and girls and get ready to be shaken and stirred.
Stone Pepper Blues
Lively and fun West Norfolk blues band covering the likes of John Mayall, Clapton, Peter Green, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and more. Hear Eddie Miles, Jon Cannon, Mark Remmington deliver all your favourite blues in foot stomping style.
The Red Lion
Regular performers at Soho's Ain't Nothin' But Blues Bar and other music venues & dance events across London and the South East, The 251s bring their special mix of cool Blues, Swing and a touch of Jazz to the table
The George Hotel
Swampy delta blues, warm delicate slide, firmly rooted in traditional blues. The effect sneaks up and will get ya. The Gator is coming…
The Journeymen deliver tightly-knit traditional blues with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. Dave Thomas fronts the band on guitar and vocals supported by Gareth Tucker on harmonica, Mark Howes on guitar, Malcolm Jackson on bass and Terry Anderson on drums.
One vocal, one blues harp and two guitars are what makes The Jujubes authentic yet unique, raw stripped back blues sound. Sandy, Nikki and Pete make up the trio based in Southeast London via Scotland, Nottingham and Hackney.
The Mighty Guevaras are a four piece, electric blues band specialising in funky, swamp and hill country blues. We have been playing for coming up to three years and have a following around the pubs of Norwich. We have a monthly residency at the Norwich Cottage and have played Head out Not Home and more recently The Norwich Arts Centre.
The Ross Stewart Trio
'Ross Stewart has it ! That something that blues music needs to make it reach the soul. Astonishing in such a young man - he's been here before.' -- NBS Secretary. A rising star of the blues scene and home grown too. See him while you can.
The Shunters Company
The Shunters Company are a five-piece raw urban blues band born out of the Norfolk Blues Society’s house band. These guys have all paid their blues dues and are hitting you back with their high energy mid-Atlantic attitude... with a vengeance
The George Hotel
The Tricks are Luke Arnold, Mark Howes, Jo Bernard & Daniel Reynolds. They play blues and r'n'b classics with free abandon, aptly described as organised chaos. The song is the roadmap and the band is the car taking detours wherever they feel like it.
Expect to be transported to the Delta cornfields, hazy sunshine and whiskey by Tom's soulful roots country blues inspired by the likes of Mississippi Fred & Muddy Waters. Locally has played at Norwich Arts centre, the Waterfront and the Folk in the Field Festival.
Blistering power blues rock trio with one of the best blues guitarists. Full-on blues rock played with passion and soul in their own unique style
Uncalled Four are all old enough to know better, and yet young enough to play old school Rhythm & Blues with a spring in the step and a twinkle in the eye. And that’s R&B of the broadest church with a twist of blues, a twang of country and a trace of americana. A couple of original tunes jostle side by side with classics from BB King, Ray Charles, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Stephen Bruton, Ry Cooder, and many more.
Dereham Golf Club
Unfinished Business formed in 2005 and focus as authentically as possible on blues classics, British artists from the 60's and 70's, as well as contemporary players, prideing themselves on delivering an excellent sound.
The name says it all ... the songs aren't new, but that doesn't mean there's nothing original about this band! From the 1940's tunes of Louis Jordan to the contemporary songs of Gary Clark Jr via Tom Waits, Buddy Guy et al, this band delivers!
Since bursting on to the UK Blues scene in 2020 with debut EPs, Grace and Aaron have been going from strength to strength. The British husband and wife duo have an ever-growing online fan base and have been played regularly on BBC Radio 2. Their unique harmonic vocal-led approach to song writing, dirty electric guitar, slide resonator mandolin and fiddle create a unique distinctive and contemporary blues rock sound that echoes 1970s classic rock with hints of the 1930s blues that inspire them.
In 2021 When Rivers Meet were the first band to win 4 UK Blues Awards in the same year, and were also Voted Best New Band 2021 by Planet Rock listeners. Classic Rock Magazine had this to say about Saving Grace: “Grace and Aaron Bond return with an absolutely smoking follow-up, a spot-on cornucopia of dirty riffs and impassioned blues-rock power, with a keen ear for authentic instrumentation and atmosphere.”
Dereham Memorial Hall