Music to their ears! Blues fans set for festival

Prelim pics for the Hebden Blues Festival at Croft Mill Apartments, Hebden Bridge'Pictured are the Paddy Maguire Band, Pete Betts, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sean Fitzpatrick and Paddy Macguire
Prelim pics for the Hebden Blues Festival at Croft Mill Apartments, Hebden Bridge'Pictured are the Paddy Maguire Band, Pete Betts, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sean Fitzpatrick and Paddy Macguire
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FINAL touches are being put to the first Hebden Bridge Blues festival, which opens tomorrow.

It runs until May 30 at venues across the town.

It will open with a free showing of two films about the blues and at 8.30pm the first music will be performed by the Jon Amor Blues group, Poorboy and Italian group Parrock Blues.

Organiser Jason Elliott said he was very excited that his hard work and that of Paddy Maguire had paid off.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “Paddy and I have managed to put on Hebden’s first ever blues festival.

“The response from the musicians has been incredible.

“They’ve all really got behind our idea of focusing on those acts who are writing and recording new material, pushing the genre forward.

“We’re very lucky to have attracted some acts from across the pond.”

Texan Lance Lopez, who has played with BB King and Jeff Beck, will make his first UK performance during the festival.

On May 29 Chantel McGregor, Clare Free, Hooson at Hebden Bridge Picture House will take to the stage as part of the Women of Blues night.

The festival will draw end on Monday from 8.30pm with P-A-U-L.

Mr Elliott said the support from local businesses and Calderdale Council had been instrumental in putting the festival on.

A launch party was held last week, with acts who will feature in the festival getting warmed up. Among them was Living Bluesman Tom Attah.;

For more info visit www.hebdenblues.co.uk.

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