October 17th to 27th
The Fine City Blues Festival in Norwich and Norfolk is back for its sixth year, featuring a variety of exciting award winning blues artists and blues bands who will be making appearances in venues in Norwich and at Diss Corn Hall.
This year’s headline act is Kyla Brox! Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, Kyla went on to win the European event in the Azores in 2019. In recognition of her ongoing stature in British Blues, the UK Blues Federation made Kyla an official Ambassador of UK Blues in 2016 and she is one of only three British singers privileged to be included in the 50 Women of the Blues Spotify playlist. Kyla will be appearing at the Norwich Arts Centre on Friday 25th October 2019.
The Dave Thomas Big Blues Band play Diss Corn Hall on the 18th October 2019. The Band features some of the very best blues musicians in the East of England and delivers the kind of hard-driving Chicago-style blues that was such a big influence on bands like the Rolling Stones, the Pretty Things, the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Led Zeppelin.
Doug MacLeod (USA),the Master of Original Acoustic Blues. Doug will be appearing Upstairs at the Louis Marchesi on Friday 19th October. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters – from the faceless to the legendary – to strikingly real life. Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year ‘Break The Chain’ and the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year.
Sean Taylor – A modern troubadour. Sean Taylor’s unique songwriting is a late night cocktail of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac; with a voice that is a cross between John Martyn and Van Morrison and a guitar style that sounds like an acoustic Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming with JJ Cale…His live shows fuse world class songwriting with stories from the road. See him Upstairs at the Louis Marchesi on Saturday 20th October.
In addition to international and national blues artists, the Festival will feature some of the best local blues bands in free sessions at the Louis Marchesi public house, the go-to place in Norwich for fine food, fine beer and, of course Fine City music.
The venues for the Festival in the city centre are Norwich Arts Centre and the Louis Marchesi.
The venue for The Dave Thomas Band is The Corn Hall in Diss, South Norfolk.
Full details can be found at davethomasblues.uk