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Norwich Blues Festival 2 - Saturday 1 March

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Live Music at its Best with a superb line-up including:

Wilko Johnson – is best known for his work with 1970s pub rock and rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood and will top the bill at this year’s festival.

He’s a poet, a painter, an astronomer and an actor, but Wilko also happens to be one of the great British rock guitarists, acknowledged by his peers as among the most influential.

In an interview for The Independent on 4 December “I’m supposed to be dead now,” admits Wilko Johnson, the guitarist who was told that he may not survive past October!

Since being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist, 66, says he has never felt more “vividly alive”.  Johnson refused chemotherapy treatment so that he would have the strength to complete a “farewell tour” in Spring, where he basked in the adoration of fans.

On 14 November, Johnson was hailed as a musical innovator by an audience of his rock peers as he prepares to record a final album with Roger Daltrey.

Jimmy Page, the Led Zeppelin guitarist, presented Johnson with the Innovator award at the Classic Rock magazine Roll of Honour held at the London Roundhouse, in front of an audience including Black Sabbath, Ray Davies and Manic Street Preachers.

Johnson told The Independent: “It’s very gratifying to be given an award by Jimmy Page because I’ve always admired him as one of Britain’s great guitarists. I’ve received one or two marks of recognition recently. I suppose people want to get them in while I can.”

He continues to perform concerts as his health permits and his presence at Norwich and Doncaster Blues Festivals, is certain to please his army of fans in both cities and across the country as a whole!

Stevie Nimmo Trio as one half of Scotland’s highly renowned ‘Nimmo Brothers’, Stevie has been a well known and respected figure throughout the blues and roots world for over 15 years.

Now, having toured extensively with the critically acclaimed blues rock outfit over the last few years, as well as taking to the road in a stripped back, acoustic format to continue promotion of his debut solo project ‘The Wynds of Life’, Stevie is now setting out on a new adventure in a full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format.

Stevie says that, although the acoustic project is extremely satisfying and allows him to showcase his voice and song writing talents in the perfect environment, sometimes “…you just want to break out the Les Paul, crank up the old orange amp and make some noise!”

Which is exactly what he plans to do and the writing process is already underway and a new album is being planned for 2014.

He is enjoying making music now as much as at any point throughout his 20 years in the business and is fully relishing the fresh challenge of a brand new project.

Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion. 

Connie Lush and Blues Shouter – is widely recognised as one of the finest blues singers that the United Kingdom has ever produced.  That indisputable fact was acknowledged when she was voted Best UK Female Vocalist by readers of Blues In Britain for 5 separate years, earning a richly deserved place in the Gallery of the Greats.

She is also increasingly recognised on the continent, particularly in France, where she was honoured in the French Blues Trophies awards as European Singer of the Year for 2002. There are no separate awards for male & female singers in the European category, so Connie defeated all challengers.

It is less appreciated that Connie’s musical talents go beyond singing. She is a highly accomplished songwriter, confirmed by many excellent self-penned songs that form the content of her live & recorded repertoire. She has also written TV themes and featured as a DJ on Jazz FM.

Albany Down the sound of Albany Down is stripped-down-to-the-waist no nonsense rock and roll with a bit of rhythm & blues and jazz-funk to mix it up, with a vintage heartfelt sensitivity and contemporary aggressive energy.

A contemporary UK blues-rock band that came together with some classic rock and Brit blues-rock influences, but with their 2011 debut album, ‘South of the City’, they found their own sound.

With Paul Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassist Billy Dedman, they have recorded a brace of albums with producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals).

The band’s big Zeppelin-influenced sound draws from the same British blues-rock well, that gave Zeppelin a head start all those years ago and later was rediscovered by Joe Bonamassa. But it’s the resonant substance of the band’s own songs and their exuberant style that gives the new album its edge.

Rock blogger Neil Mach probably got it right, when he recently described the band; “As hot as volcanic ash and yet as cool as snow slippers.”

Rita Payne – self proclaimed “Acoustic Foot-Stompers” Rita Payne (Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby) are one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country’s leading artists to appearing on BBC One’s The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo’s voyage to superstardom is unquestionable.

Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, Rita Payne use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike.

Even though they rub shoulders with the likes of Jon McClure, John Otway and Wilko Johnson on a regular basis, this small town duo still have their feet firmly on the ground and are always eager to promote their hometown. “Doncaster’s finest songwriters,” were commissioned to write the Official Anthem of Doncaster for the opening of the new multi million pound arts venue- Cast, and performed it to a thousand strong sell out crowd. They then went onto make history by becoming the first musicians to headline the venue.

Clare Free – Clare’s musical roots have always been in the blues so, having got Be Who You Are out of her system she set about finding the perfect band members for a great blues band.

Pete Hedley was the obvious choice for a drummer, he had played on Be Who You Are and is an outstanding blues player. Both Clare and Pete knew guitarist Matt Allen as an exceptional player so when a space came up for a rhythm guitarist he was called right away.  It was Pete who introduced Clare to bass player Dave Evans. Dave is from a funk background which made him an ideal addition to the band as Clare’s blues music tends towards a funky sound.

In August 2010, the EP ‘How It Is’ was recorded and released to massive critical acclaim. It is a reflection of how the band sounds live and has been twice award nominated both for the People’s Music Award and for the British Blues Awards* Also, all four songs on the EP reached the top ten in the blues chart with international distributor CD Baby.

Don’t miss out on going to Norwich Blues Festival on Saturday 1 March

The festival takes place at The Waterfront, 139-141 King St, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1QH

Advance tickets are £23 and to book, please call 01472 349 222 or go online at http://norwichbluesfestival.co.uk/tickets.html

To find out more about line up and the festival in general, please visit http://norwichbluesfestival.co.uk/index.html or email solidentertainments@live.co.uk

Don’t be late, the music starts at 2pm and ends at 10pm
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