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Raising the Curtain on Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

To get music lovers in the mood for Hebden Bridge's four day Blues Festival at the end of May, the Trades Club in Holme Street are hosting a "curtain-raiser" gig with four great blues bands on Saturday March 5th.

Blues Jukes

With an early 8pm start to fit everything in, the proceedings are kicked off by the harmonica-driven Blues Jukes, a rocking five piece band from Keighley.

Next up are local favourites Hooson, whose powerfully energetic live performances of soulful blues stand them out from many of their contemporaries.

Marcus Bonfanti

Following Hooson, Marcus Bonfanti, who the Guardian say "deserves to become the next British blues-guitar hero" will be taking a break from touring to perform his gritty guitar based tunes. With a style rooted somewhere between Louisiana and Lewisham, Marcus gives a nod to the past while kicking down the door of the future of blues music.

Paddy Maguire BandThe night will be rounded off by the Paddy Maguire Band who, after playing a short set of their own, will be inviting members of the other bands to join them on stage in an almighty blues jam.

As well as the various musicians performing, the night will also see a short film showcasing snippets of the 50 or so bands who will be playing at the main Hebden Bridge Blues Festival in May, Paul Brannigan will be spinning some classic blues tunes between acts and a raffle where an electric guitar, supplied by locally-based Guitarzone, can be won.

Tickets are now on sale at Muse Music and the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and Guitarzone in Halifax priced £8.

More information will be on the Hebweb soon and can also be found on the festival's website www.hebdenblues.co.uk and Facebook

See also: HebWeb News - The Hebden Bridge Blues Festival - 28 Jan

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