Carlisle International Blues-Rock Festival 2013

Title graphicThe best of the blues scene return to Carlisle over the weekend of November 8, 9 & 10th, later this year at the Swallow Hilltop Hotel. Now into its 7th year, the Blues & Rock Festival is hailed as one of the best in the UK and this year’s line-up is bigger & better than ever.

Bernard Allison, the son of Luther Allison (“The Bruce Springsteen of blues”, according to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000), will headline the first night of the event. Inspired by his father and the likes of Muddy Waters & Albert King, who he met growing up, Bernard’s sound is one that incorporates the essence of classic blues records.

Headlined on the Saturday by the always-touring, critically acclaimed, Ian Siegal who was described recently by MOJO as “One of the most gifted singers & writers in contemporary blues”. He will be performing once again with the Mississippi Mudbloods, an all star collective. The band, this year will feature Duane Betts, son of the legendary Dickie Betts one of the founders of the iconic Allman Brothers.

On Sunday, the Royal Southern Brotherhood will be the main attraction. Having released their debut album last year to great reviews, this will be one gig NOT to miss. The band features another son of a music legend – Devon Allman, whose father is Gregg – and a Grammy Award winning drummer in Yonrico Scott.

Other reasons to check in at the Hilltop Hotel include The Stumble, Steve Nimmo Trio & Jon Amor on Friday. The Saturday’s headliner will be ably backed up by Ryan McGarvey, Jo Harman, Ian Parker, Steve Roux & The Brass Knuckle Blues Band, Blue Swamp & the legendary Slack Alice. The final day will see Dave Migden & the Dirty Words and The Deluxe, amongst other guest appearances.

Having been successful since its inception, the line-up this year is another step-up in quality and sees some of the younger sons of US legends venturing to the picturesque Cumbrian countryside to entertain.

Book up, check in & don’t miss out – as this is set to be the best year yet at Carlisle!

The festival enjoys exclusive use of the Swallow Hilltop Hotel, London Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2NS and you see this excellent venue at

Tickets prices are: Friday £30, Saturday £45, Sunday £30 or £98 for the three days and to find out about booking options, please visit or to book online, please go to

Tickets are selling fast……….so why not treat yourself to a fantastic experience and book a daily ticket or full weekend ticket today!

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