The Blues Festival of Wales April 27 - 29 2012

Jerry Harmon Jerry Harmon
Jerry Harmon warms up behind the bar at the Blues Festival of Wales

Campers Campers Campers
Camping in the woods


Inside the Tipi Tipi Session
Session around the fire in the Tipi
BabaJack
BabaJack
Sicknote Steve
Sicknote Steve
The Big Fibbers
The Big Fibbers

Jerry Harmon

Jerry Harmon
Jerry Harmon was born into a family rich in the tradition of music. His home, deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge / Appalachian mountains, reverberated daily to the sound of music in many different forms.
Harmon’s musical career was launched at an early age, strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle Gene. Radio programmes featuring Hank Williams Sr, Flatt & Scruggs and Ray Price also proved a lasting influence.
After years of local and regional performing Harmon gained recognition as an outstanding guitarist, singer and songwriter. He begin to appear at such events as North Carolina’s renowned Merle-Fest, The Bath International Music Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival,and The Winnipeg Folk Festival.
He has shared the bill with some of America’s most celebrated musicians: Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton and others.
Jerry has quickly gained recognition  as an amazing performer in the UK and mainland Europe performing at major events there  after years of success as a performer in America.

Babajack
BabaJack’s original, high energy, passionate folk-roots blues is absolutely where contemporary blues-roots is at. Their music brings together tribal rhythms, searing slide and harmonica, beautiful vocals and powerful song writing… and ultimately musicianship. They are making a big impact in the UK and Europe, and have recently released their highly acclaimed second album, ‘Exercising Demons’.?? They have played festivals as diverse as the Upton Blues and Glastonbury, Skegness Rock and Blues,  taking in the Big Green Gathering, WMF, Tenero Music Nights, Bromyard and Warwick folk, West Fest and the Pyramid Party.  They have played on the same bill and supported some great players including Larry Miller, Sonny Rhodes, RJ Misho, Gwyn Ashton, Perry Foster and Rory Macleod.
Babajack
Pat Grover & The Hawks Pat Grover & The Hawks
Pat Grover, a real British bluesman, arrived on the London scene from Newcastle way back in 1969, and through Simon Praeger and Steve Rye appeared with Stackhouse Blues Band on The Mike Raven Show and The Alexis Korner Show, both forerunners to the Paul Jones Show.
Featured on the CD ‘A History of UK Blues and R&B 1955 – 2001’, Pat has not only played in such historical venues as Studio 51, The Marquee Club and The 100 Club but has also toured and gigged with Blues Legends Lightnin’ Slim, Whispering Smith, J. B. Hutto & The Hawks, Eddie ‘Guitar’ Burns, Gene ’Mighty Flea’ Connors, Snooky Prior, Doctor Ross, Eddie Taylor, Boogie Woogie Red, Sunnyland Slim, Champion Jack Dupree and Arthur Crudup. Longstanding guitarist with the Johnny Mars Band, he toured Europe in the early ‘70s and during 1980 – 82 toured and recorded on Appaloosa Records with both blues maestro Gordon Smith and Helen Watson. His current band, Pat Grover & The Hawks, have been together since 2008.
Sicknote Steve

Sicknote Steve
Sicknote Steve recreates the authentic sound of the original hobo bluesman. No technical trickery here -the authentic guitar paying skills and vocals of Sicknote Steve invoke the atmosphere of the Mississippi Delta as he slides and stomps his way through the Seasick songbook.
To audiences in the South West and Wales, the familiar bearded figure of hobo bluesman Sicknote Steve has become synonomous with a a great session of the blues. bringing with him the music of Grammy Award winning Seasick Steve.
A great favourite at many events at the Green Valley and The Acoustic Festival of Britain.

www.talismansounds.com/sicknotesteve

Guy Maile
Guy is a Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist. His songs are intense and often personal. Guy's guitar style is a unique self-taught style and worth travelling a long way to see. Hear him and you'll want to hear him again. See him and you'll definitely watch him again.
Guy may include anything from his own compositions and songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, Danny Whitten/Nils Lofgren, Tom Petty, Gene Clark, Buffy Sainte Marie, John Prine, Alison Krause, Boxcar Willy, T-Bone Walker, Janis Joplin, Nine Inch Nails, Chilli Peppers, Stones etc. For solo gigs, he does not use a set list but adjusts to the audience and ambience of the venue. I've seen him play 5 hrs over consecutive nights with only 2 songs repeated.

Guy Maile
Rockabilly Blues

Mike Markey & Nick Jones Rockabilly Blues
The authentic blues in Wales. Nick Jones is currently considered the best slide guitar player in Wales and his partner Mike Markey is a highly respected harmonica ace and singer.
Mike & Nick have played alongside Peter Green, Walter Trout, Dave Kelly, The Paul Jones Blues Band. Bob Brozman, Kent DuChaine, Mike Sanchez, Duck Baker, John Renbourn, Dana Gillespie, Dino Baptiste, Zoot Money, Wizz Jones, John Cleary, Ian Seigal, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Dr Feelgood amongst many others.
They have appeared on The Paul Jones Show BBC Radio2, Radio Wales. They continue to record and perform at festivals and blues clubs accross the UK and have an impressive list of appearance credits having worked with Walter Trout, Dana Gillespie and Mike Sanchez and have played at the Lydney Jazz Festival, Abertillery Blues Festival and at Brecon Jazz

Sisters in Grease
Formed in 2008 Sisters in Grease were launched at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival. The duo, named after a song title, play an original brand of acoustic bottleneck blues.
"If Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson were still around today they'd probably sound like these guys" Martin Elliott (author of Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions)
Sisters in Grease
Josie Lloyd

Josie Lloyd
Josie Lloyd sings blues and ragtime from the early 1900's, she is a fine guitarist, with a voice that can raise a storm.
There are many women who can sing well, many who write interesting songs, one or two who can play guitar and then there is Josie who has it all. Great voice, clever guitar... add a smile to beguile and eyes that mesmerise and the legion of fans grows ever longer... fall in line though, some of us have been in the queue for a while.

Slide Boy Roy
Slide Boy Roy were formed early 2005 from the remnants of 4 other blues bands. We started gigging and recording within days of getting together. Slide Boy Roy have worked intensively throughout the UK with critical acclaim several blues and jazz festivals and countless blues clubs, pubs, and parties. 
Their show is never the same twice full of energy good humour and excellent musicianship, not a grumpy git in sight!

Slide Boy Roy
Matt Woosey

Matt Woosey
Combining an explosive slap-and-pick right hand guitar technique and a big-range blues shout, this sort of charismatic performer stops chat in the noisiest bar.
Woosey plays an acoustic guitar, he plays it fast and he plays it hard, sometimes with a slide but mostly without.  But his songwriting is sensitive and soulful. Steadily building a strong national following for very good reason.
He plays 'British Blues', his songs cover the same ground as all blues songs do; hardship, women, alcohol but he plays, or rather, sings, in a way that is not a mere copy of the originators. Woosey is not trying to be someone else, he is being himself and that comes out in every note he sings or plays.

Stainless Steve
Cardiff-based Steve Garrett has 'cooked' musically with many different flavourings over the years.  As ‘Stainless Steve’ he returns to his radical musical roots to create wryly observant songs for our times which aim to amuse, entertain, inform and intrigue.
Stainless' Steve's many years of musical experiences (including some he'd probably rather forget!) bear fruit in his current batch of wryly observant original songs about some of the big issues of our time - from global warming to modern relationships. Steve makes audiences think about things in new ways, while managing to intrigue and entertain with a heady mix of original Blues, Folk and Jazz - interspersed with interpretations of some great songs from the likes of Richard Thompson, Mose Alison and John Martyn.
Steve has racked up some great reviews in 2011 at some top venues and festivals, most recently the Beyond The Border Festival (one of Europe's largest storytelling events), the Brecon Jazz Festival - and he was a big hit on the main stage at last year's Cardiff Bay Jazz Festival. http://www.stainless-steve.me.uk/

Slide Boy Roy