Pub offers fantastic double bill of live music

Blues festival: Don't miss Dave Acari
Blues festival: Don't miss Dave Acari

Blues music has an iconic place in music history. Hailed as the precursor to modern day rock and roll it holds a special place in the hearts of millions of music fans.

Now a Sowerby Bridge pub is paying its own annual salute to the the blues.

Jan Bell will play at the Puzzle Hall

Jan Bell will play at the Puzzle Hall

The Puzzle Hall Inn Blues Festival will feature some of the best blues talent on offer live on stage.

The festival is just the start of a bumper weekend of music a the pub, on Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

It’s jam-packed line-up for the festival tomorrow with six bands confirmed to take the stage so far.

Dave Acari brings his own alt.blues sound and has played at Glastonbury and regularly tours across Europe.

Proving that women know how to sing the blues too are Steamhouse led by vocalist Mandy Bell.

Their influences include Black Crows, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Rush and Janis Joplin so they’re sure to set The Puzzle rocking.

Crosscut Saw are playing for the second year running and this four piece promise a live set that is a “hoodoo rollercoaster of pure primeval power”.

They’ve supported Dr Feelgood and toured with blues stalwarts Eddie Blue & The Ravens and Jake Walker.

Also on the bill are Manchester’s superbly named The Calimocho Club.

The duo’s sound has been described as a “gloriously ragged concoction of fuzzy two-man blues”.

Leeds-based Poorboy are a five-piece who say they came together our of a “desire to form a no-nonsense, groove-laden blues band”.

The Blind Dead McJones Band complete the line-up although organisers say there could yet be more bands added.

It promises to be a great day for blues enthusiasts and those just looking for a good time with some awesome live music in one of Calderdale’s most distinctive pubs.

The festival is on tomorrow (Saturday July 21) - make sure you get there early.

But for you music fans the weekend will beo nlyhalf complete at the following night (Sunday July 22) sees a quick turnaround as acclaimed musicians Jan Bell and Will Scott perform.

Award winning country star Jan Bell has been hailed as a latter day Loretta Lynn.

She won the Alt. Country Album of the Year (People’s Choice Award) at the Independent Music Awards and has receive recognition in the home of country music, America.

The New Jersey Folk Festival gave her the Singer Songwriter award and she was also given the Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Fame (Inductee) Award.

She often plays with her band The Maybelles but through all her music her roots in a Yorkshire coal mining background shine through.

Plus if you haven’t had enough blues over the weekend acclaimed singer/guitarist Will Scott will support her on the bill.

Raised in Indiannapolis an Chicago is known for his rich voice and distinctive guitar playing.

His music is a blend of blues and Americana which “includes a dash of outlaw country and rock”.

If that’s not enough music to keep you happy this weekend then you must be one piece short of a puzzle.

For more information on both events go to or call the pub on 01422 835547.

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