4th - 6th August 2017

Mold, North Wales


Coming in August 2017!

Another three days of fantastic blues and soul music.

An incredible line up of the best in blues and soul.

Set right in the heart of Mold.

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As a mark of respect, this year the main stage has been named in honour of Clem Curtis.

Clem was an old friend of the festival, appearing here in 2015 and bringing a raucous response to hits such as Build Me Up, Buttercup, Baby Now That I’ve Found You and Any Old Time (You're Lonely and Sad).
The Foundations broke new ground, both musically and culturally, in the 1960s. They were the first multi-racial British band to make headway in the charts, with White British, Caribbean and Sri Lankan members making their rich sound – and Clem’s distinctive vocal style – accessible to all.
Baby Now That I’ve Found You made #1 in the UK charts while Build Me Up, Buttercup made it to #2 in the UK in 1967; their upbeat, melodious tunes successfully imitating and building upon those which were rapidly evolving through the iconic Tamla Motown formula.
Clem came to the attention of The North Wales Blues & Soul Festival through one of its principal organisers, Charlie Broadhurst of Event Sound. “I started working with Clem in 2010 after engineering his band at a David Gest soul concert in Liverpool. Clem was an absolute joy to work with; he had a truly amazing voice and stage presence. I miss him very much”
It is an honour and privilege to have had such a Soul legend associated with this event and it is with pride that we name our stage in his memory.
God bless you Clem Curtis … and thank you!

Previous years have featured acts such as:

Doug MacLeod, Aynsley Lister, Laurence Jones, Connie Lush, King King,
David Sinclair 4, The Foundations, Liam Ward Band, Alex McKown,
Tom Attah & The Bad Man Clan, Midnite Johnny, Rebecca Downes Band, Born Healer,
The Brothers Groove, Matt Wolff Band, Rita Payne, Babajack
and many more!

Here are some of the lovely things people have said about the festival...

'a wonderful two and a half days of quality music, food and beer'

'it's been a good while since a new event had such all-round positive comments from punters and musicians'

'I can't remember the last time I danced so much!'

Online reviews of 2016 from: The Leader, Planet Mosh, Purple Revolver

Check out the gallery from previous festivals:

Artists

Announced for 2017 so far...:


Artist headers are coloured to indicate the day they are playing: Friday Saturday Sunday

  • Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, a protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers and redefines blues-based American music for a contemporary audience. Loomis created his own path and built a loyal following by blending myriad influences, clever songwriting, and an expressive voice into a sound that defies description. Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor.

  • Raised in Southwest England, Harman found success on her own terms with her debut, Dirt On My Tongue. The album was released independently in 2013 and supported by a touring schedule that found Harman sharing the stage with icons like Patti Smith, Joan Baez and Sinead O’Connor. Wildly successful for an independent record, Dirt On My Tongue was embraced with particular devotion by the blues community in the U.K., with Harman racking up more than a half-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards. Looking to expand her horizons beyond any single genre, though, she began teaming up with her longtime co-writer, Mike Davies, to write new songs that took their cues from some of the classic artists — including Carole King, Cat Stevens and David Bowie — whose music had filled her childhood home.

  • Sugarkane evolved from original John O'Leary Band which was established in 2002. Since then the band has trail blazed an unique and uncompromising brand of blues based music and in the course of it's journey, has both thrilled and challenged audiences throughout the UK and Europe. The band's musical foundation lies wholeheartedly in the blues but there is also a hefty mix of jazz, funk, latin, rock and even reggae to produce a potent indicvidual musical brew. Noted for it's jamming approach, today, Sugarkane is an established and popular attraction on the British blues, rock & jazz scene. As a 6 piece band, it is a breath of fresh air in a genre dominated by guitar/bass/drum trios.

  • At only 25, a young prodigy, songwriter, guitarist playing with a stunning maturity and voice. He'll take you on a musical journey where the vintage elegance of the sixties and its detonating energy do wonders. Alexis Evans trains delivers an original repertoire in performances full of joy and good Rhythm'n'Blues vibrations. A healthy cocktail to discover as soon as possible, this sextet will continue to surprise many!

  • We are very happy to welcome back Deep in the Top, who played for the first time in the UK at the festival last year! This young four-piece will be jetting over from Thessaloniki, Greece especially to play the festival this year. Check them out on some of the links below, the band’s influences range from the wide field of Blues, Jazz, Funk and Rock.

  • With one foot firmly in the past, the South Wales-based four-piece are looking to the future too. The Liam Ward Band are known for originals that push blues boundaries, bringing you some of the freshest British blues on offer. One of the UK’s most revered harmonica players, vocalist and harp player Liam Ward is a winner of the National Harmonica League Player of the Year. The rest of the band comprises stalwarts of the British blues scene. On guitar, respected jazzman Matt Jones (The Square Pegs, Django Chutney), Pembrokeshire favourite Martin Hill on bass (Empty Pockets, Final Demand), and sought-after drum ace Gareth Davies (Only Us, The Distributors).

  • Born Healer is a new band from Helen Turner, Iain Black and Andy Jones, ex of the Bare Bones Boogie Band, whose last album, Tattered & Torn, was voted one of the best of the year by Classic Rock: The Blues magazine. Joined now by Marek Funkas on bass, the band released their debut album in early 2016. Born Healer plays soulful, heavy blues with superb lead vocals.

  • Connie Lush has been recognised as one of the finest Blues singers in the UK, winning five times, “Best Female Vocalist Uk” earning a place in the gallery of greats, alongside Alexis Corner and Eric Clapton to name just two. Twice voted “European Blues Vocalist of the year” by the French Blues Trophies Awards” and nominated again “Best UK Blues Vocalist” 2011-2012.

  • Delta Radio mix psychedelic experimentalism, classic rock, and electric blues. Their sound can move effortlessly from the grit and groove of Howlin’ Wolf and Captain Beefheart, to the jazz infused finesse of The Allman Brothers and Derek Trucks. The band, from North Wales, are equally at home playing their own material, as they are reworking blues classics in their own style. Look out for their debut EP, which they will be recording later in the year.

  • Colin Hinds, former guitarist with China Crisis, is joined by Dave Hinds and Paul Need. Since 1992 Paul has worked as a freelance keyboard, piano / Fender Rhodes & Hammond Organ player in the UK and around the world; most notably with China Crisis, Sam Brown and Jaki Graham as well as playing with some of this countries ’top' session musicians including Malcolm Joseph (bass, Grace Jones), Colin Hinds (guitar, Gary Barlow, 10cc and Paul Carrack), Lea Mullen (percussion, George Michael), Mel Gaynor (drummer, Simple Minds) and Gaz Gaskell (formerly of Supercharge and Ben E King Band).

  • The earliest incarnations of the John Verity Band supported legends such as Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin, and he was quickly signed up as the replacement for Argent's Russ Ballard after Ballard quit the band in 1972. Later John spent a few years producing, playing guitar or providing backing vocals for various acts including Motorhead, Ringo Starr, Russ Ballard, Brian Connolly, John Parr, BowWowWow and The Searchers amongst others.

  • Dale's passion for New Orleans music saw him perform his debut theatre gig as a soloist, concentrating on the New Orleans piano styles. The success of that performance led to further dates and Dale has not looked back since. Dale's ambition has always been to play the music of New Orleans, which can be anything from a classically influenced minuet, a latin rhumba, a back o' town junker blues to a frenzied boogie woogie.

  • Just 25 years old, Greg is already an accomplished and highly respected musician with a track record including lengthy spells in the legendary Two Tone/Ska Band The Selecter and in the West End. Greg has his own special, fiery, impassioned brand of Rhythm & Blues, putting his own stamp on the music of the greats who inspire him, reminding people of all ages of why this music once dominated the world. While Greg is well known for his livewire on-stage performances, he could not make the impact he does without his stunning, hand-picked band of crack musicians who help him rock any house he appears in. With a first album of original music lined up for a 2017 release, why not be among the first to hear of Greg's new songs?

  • As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’, Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure throughout the blues and roots world for over 15 years. Having toured extensively over the last few years, Stevie is now setting out on a new adventure in a full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format. Sometimes '…you just want to break out the Les Paul, crank up the old orange amp and make some noise!'

  • Mr Hugh Price plays Delta and early Chicago style Blues. He has moved back to North Wales from Somerset where he hosted Blues evenings and played in the pubs and clubs in the South West as well as supporting The Heritage Blues Orchestra at the Moon Club in Cardiff. Hugh is a regular guest at The Big Wheel Blues Festival on the Isle Of Man and has played at the Dundee Blues Bonanza and Village Pump Folk Festival. Hugh is also a glass artist and painter.

  • Mostly Blues

    A local four piece band playing, unsurprisingly, mostly blues!

  • Mr Hat's Soul Collective was born in Mold at Y Pentan 7 years ago, band members have worked with artistes such as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock & Corinne Bailey-Rae to name but a few. They play soul and blues from Curtis Mayfield to Son House.

  • This 7 piece band never fail to get the audience moving and grooving with their unstoppable mix of Classic Funk, Soul, Reggae and Ska. The band mix well known hits by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley alongside newer artists and a few surprises along the way. Dancing shoes recommended!

Schedule

Friday Saturday Sunday
12:30 pm
Mark Henderson Duo
Burning Black
1:00 pm
Born Healer
Delta Radio
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
Liam Ward Band
Dale Storr
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
Alexis Evans
Colin Hinds Band
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
Deep In The Top
Stevie Nimmo
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
Mr Hugh Price
Connie Lush
John Verity
6:30 pm
Mr Hat's Soul Collective
7:00 pm
John O'Leary & Sugarkane
Greg Coulson
7:30 pm
Mostly Blues
8:00 pm
8:30 pm
Yubaba
Hamilton Loomis
Jo Harman
9:00 pm
9:30 pm

FAQ

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Venue

The festival takes place on Kendrick's Field

Set in the heart of Mold town centre, Kendrick's Field was donated to Mold for events just like this one!


Getting Here

Mold is quick and easy to access from all over the country. Less than an hour from Manchester or Bangor by car.

To use your satnav, Interesting Point have provided location files for the festival, car parks and all of the participating pubs. Please choose the files for your device: Garmin, Navman or TomTom.

Other venues

Thanks to the pubs and bars in and around Mold who got into the festival spirit by putting bands on after the festival in 2016.

Camping

We are delighted to announce that this year, Mold Alexandra Football Club will be providing the festival’s camping facilities. This represents a significant improvement over previous years, with the football club offering Ladies & Gents showers & toilets, “on-tap” drinking water and cooked breakfasts. Mold Alexandra also has a licensed bar. There will be an area for pitching tents and a separate space for camper vans & touring caravans. Additionally, the festival will be organising top quality bands to play on each night of the festival in the football club’s function room that has a capacity of over 150.

Sponsors

Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event

If you would like to sponsor the festival in any way, please do get in touch.

Many thanks to all our sponsors for 2017.

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Performer / Band please contact: Charlie Goodfella