A six-piece playing a mix of blues and country covering songs by artists such as Bobby Womack, Johnny Cash and Ry Cooder. Our sound is characterised by complex male/female harmonies and a peerless rhythm section (John Lawson and Chris Bell). Most weekends you will find us playing in the pubs of Norwich.
The Red Lion
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 Mike Wyatt 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
The U.K.s most exciting new blues band. BBC Radio plaudits, national magazines, shows in Tumes Square, New York City, major U.K. festivals including the Isle of Wight festival, top ten blues charts albums and singles. International sponsorship by Orange amps, Ernie Ball, Blackstar amps, Laney amps, Seydel Harmonicas, and many others.
Bell Ayre are a five piece blues based band, with a wealth of experience of all styles of music but prefer to play blues based music with a hint of rock and latin. Playing a mixture of blues, rock and other genres from artistes like BB King, Muddy Waters, Devon Alman, Ray Charles, King King, Carl Perkins and many more. Music for everyone!
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!
4 piece blues band playing a mixture of Texas, Chicago and original good time blues. Blues Situation love the blues, love the grooves and love to entertain with authentic, raw rhythm & blues from the East Anglian Delta played with feeling, energy and humour. Blues Situation cuts across a host of blues styles with strong song-writing, sharp lyrics, exciting guitar work, gritty Chicago-style harmonica and a rhythm section that really grooves. Two albums have been released in the past 6 years (Wonderful World and Sweet Like This). The third is on its way this year.
Bo-nidle have been a very successful Norfolk blues rock band for many years and play exciting rock blues, songs with great harmonica and guitar, driven by the best rhythm section around. Band members are Gary (Gizmo) Platten, lead guitar, Shane Randal on drums, Dave Pentney Smith, vocals & harmonica and Harry Collins on bass
The Royal Standard
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!
Inspired by the Chicago Bluesmen touring the US Blues circuit in 1940s and 50s, we play songs written by Muddy Waters, Howlin´ Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James and many more...
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.
Cold Sweat 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 four-piece Band also has Trevor Andrews (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 Kings Head
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, the powerhouse rhythm section of Pete Thompson 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’.
Dangerous Daydream is full band comprising Mandie Graham and Roy Mette and featuring at Dereham Vic Hobson on bass and Paul Madden on drums. This is original material at its best with good grooves, strong harmonies and style. Think Americana, blues, folk-rock and you won't go far wrong. Dangerous Daydream will feature tracks from its newly releasd debut album We Can Move Mountains and new tracks yet to be released. The new album will be available over the weekend.
Dave Ferra was a UK Blues awards nominee in 2018. "an absolute master guitarist and singer...the perfect ´front man´....Dave is fully aware that people come out not just to listen, but to have a good time. And a good time they had!" - Richard Dunning, The Tuesday Night Music Club.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Groove Hounds are a three-piece band playing music inspired by jump jive, Texas blues with a nod to jazz and funk. The groove is everything! The band comprises Paul Whyman on guitar and vocal, Alex Whyman on bass and Sam Carter on drums. All these musicians are well known on the local music scene and Paul and Alex have both hosted the Norfolk Blues Society jam nights. A night of blues grooving is guaranteed!
Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor. Described by Blues Blast Magazine as “a non-stop turbo of power, one minute moving from side to side of the stage, and then taking on his horn player in a head-cutting contest on the apron of the stage the next minute.” Loomis’ energetic, get-in-with–the-crowd antics are infectious. The swaying and clapping are just as he envisioned.
“If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”, says Guitar Player Magazine.
Tickets for this opening concert, including Ron Sayer and the Shunters in support, are £20 each, selling fast and available from this link. Don't miss out on your chance to catch this amazing up and coming talent of the American Blues scene on one of his very few concerts in the UK this year.
Dereham Memorial Hall
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.
Hot Tramp will invade your pulse! Use your heart as a metronome! Make your foot stomp! Your head nod! Your hands clap! It is dirty filthy music for dirty filthy people who want to get it on!
Jacques D´Ladde playing blues-rock from the 60´s and 70´s - influences from Taste, Free, Ten Years After, Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher. Played at the Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon in 2017.
After a brief hiatus to focus on other musical projects and family, we are excited to be returning with some brand new material and a new live show. Jamie Roe Band is known for energetic and soulful live performances, Blending blues with modern styling and a distinctive finger picked solos. Most of the material is original, however cover versions of songs by artists such as John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stick Figure, Joe Bonamassa and Elvis frequent the set list.
We are a tough and howlin´ blues three piece - harmonica, guitar, drums. Based in South London, the three of us make a sound descibed as ´huge´. Our heady mix of blues rhythms and styles has been grabbing attention live around London and across the UK and beyond on radio and podcasts.
Joe Goes Green are John Green and Stefan “Joe Langford” Wasyliw. The Norfolk based duo have been playing the blues together for over 12 years. A few years ago they self penned an eclectic album Divided which demonstrated a great variety of styles and influence. This summer they will release an album of original blues-rock songs (to be debuted at the festival) , highlighting Stefan's recognised talent with the guitar. Influences of Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Freddie King, John Mayer, SRV and Gary Moore.
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.
So what makes Julie Ushers Twisted Blues Band so different from all the other Blues bands? It’s the music! Built on a solid blues foundation with a unique blend of jazz, funk and rock and showcasing Julie’s guitar playing, song writing and musical genius. A powerful collection of original, sometimes quirky, songs
A power blues trio, performing mostly original music and some well chosen covers. Looking forward to appearing again at the festival. Now just releasing the 3rd album with 16 new tracks. We will look forward to playing them next July. i HOPE YOU WILL WANT TO SEE US AGAIN.
Featuring on bass the amazing Mr Martin York, on guitar the wonderful Mr Peter Schrank and 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 from the finest tradition of Blues and Americana country music.
Solo singer/guitarist with a wide repertoire from Delta blues to jazzy ballads. *ONE OF THIS COUNTRY´S FINEST BOTTLENECK BLUES GUITARISTS - Stephen Foster, BBC Suffolk presenter and music writer. *GREAT PERFORMER...STUNNING BOTTLENECK GUITARIST - Ashwyn Smyth, British Blues Federation chair.
Metro House Band
A seasoned bunch of musicians led by Max Ayre on guitar and vocals, they are a product of Norfolk Blues Society’s monthly blues jams. Metro House Band will be hosting an open blues jam on the Thursday evening, with the back line etc provided, so just bring your instrument of choice and join in!
Paying homage to Jimi Hendrix, their refreshingly energetic and unpretentious live show is not to be missed! Mister-Pink deliver a full-on show with all of your favourite Hendrix tunes, performed with an energy and virtuosity that transcends tribute band status. The sheer musical ability of this band is a force to be reckoned with. This is simply great music performed by great players of genuine pedigree.
The Cherry Tree
MULE play authentic and powerful blues inspired by the likes of ZZ Top, Gary Moore, Dr. Feelgood and many more. Our repertoire is varied and ranges from gritty slow blues to energetic punchy blues rock.
Harry Collins is our frontman (vocals/guitar), backed by a strong rhythm section taken care of by Paul Wright (percussion) and René Bosman (bass).
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.
Pistol Pete Wearn is a solo artist who performs traditional blues, folk & country songs and originals, accompanied by slide guitar and a stomping foot.His music has been played on BBC 6 Music, described as "as true as it get" by Blues Blast magazine & awarded "Solo Blues Artist of The Year" by Moonshine Magazine. He really likes pizza.
Lou's Juke Joint
The band features legendary guitarist Ray Fenwick (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Fenwick) who was a member of the Spencer Davis Group and the Ian Gillan Band. With Ian Gillan, Ray did a world tour and appeared at the famous Rainbow Theatre in London (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFdaqfM7BnA)
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.
Dereham Cricket Club
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!
Rough'n'Ready are Mandie Graham and Roy Mette. Playing a mix of original material and selected covers they mix styles into something truly different. Great guitar and vocals set them apart from others on the circuit and they are justifiably proud of the end result. A little Americana, folk-rock, blues and all points in between. A spin off from the band Dangerous Daydream Mandie and Roy have just released their debut album We Can Move Mountains which will be available over the weekend.
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.
We are based in Norfolk and perform a range of songs, We love to add a retro style to songs such as "All About That Bass" and "Walking On Sunshine" plus we love some of the well-known blues & jazz standards. To keep our performances fresh we look continually for new songs we hope you´ll like.
The Kings Head
Stone Pony has played at every DBF to date and is a long established Norfolk Band. Andy Graham is on guitar vocals and usually Jake Graham on Drums and Maddy Holland on Bass. They play a lot of blues but a lot of other stuff too and pride themselves on their musicianship and their jamming approach to playing.
Fast becoming a regular on the UK Blues circuit, Stoney Broke is renowned for high quality performances packed full of slide, stomp, and swagger. Appearances include Scarborough TOP SECRET Blues Festival, and Bowness Bay Blues Festival, plus support for Sean Webster Band, Geoff Achison, Xander And The Peace Pirates, The Stumble, and Wille And The Bandits
Lou's Juke Joint
A 4 piece band who all enjoyed performing at the 2018 Dereham Blues Festival and would love to play again for you all. Tanya of course is the Howlin’ Wolf Woman of the Essex Delta and passionate about writing original blues songs and likes to do as many blues festivals as possible
Direct from the "Thames Delta", the Blues Spiders bring a blend of Chicago Blues and Swing, mixing in some classics alongside their own compositions. The band holds down regular slots at blues venues across London and the South East - a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
The George Hotel
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.
Charlie Knowles (vocals / guitar) + Frank Cooke (lap steel) are members of The Wild East who gig predominantly in London, but also perform as DUO with a wide repertoire of Western Swing, Rock and Roll, and Country. Frank, a Dereham native, has played previously at DBF with the Astrojets.
Big sounding solo artist playing Roots & Blues, on slide guitar, stomp box, harmonica. (Nominated in the British Blues Awards). After many years in the multi-award winning band ´Babajack´ I have now gone solo and released my first solo CD this year. It is receiving fantastic reviews and airplay including Radio 2. I have had a great summer playing festivals home and abroad, including the Main Stage at Upton Blues Festival and Acoustic headliner at the Great British Blues Festival at Colne.
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.
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!
Grace & Aaron Bond of When Rivers Meet are a Blues + Roots Rock duo from Essex. Their soulful vocals lock into harmony with a natural chemistry: Aaron´s bold, driven guitar is grounded by his solid kick drum, and Grace´s unique slide mandolin and fiddle combine to create a wall of sound. With a combination of well-crafted self-penned songs and reworked traditionals, performances are fearless.
Zarakan Blues Band. A Blues Rock Three Piece Band playing covers and originals. Bassist/Vocalist+Guitarist/Drummer Our guitarist is already booked for 13th of July but this could hopefully be covered by another musician if we can do Derham for you. Video is on facebook link below. Thanks, Brian.
The Red Lion