2nd - 4th August 2019

Mold, North Wales


August 2019

Three days of fantastic blues and soul music.

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

Hosted on the fields of Theatr Clwyd overlooking Mold and the Clwydian Range


We've teamed up with UK charity Music For All

We are really happy to be associated with Music For All again this year. To find out more about the charity, check out our blog post from last year.



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!

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Artists for 2019


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

  • Paul Lamb has forged himself a place in the history books as one of the greatest harmonica players of our time. He is joined on stage by his band The King Snakes, altogether they have won numerous awards, including Best British Blues Band, Best UK Harmonica Player and Album of the Year.

  • Bruce James and Bella Black joined musical forces in Austin, Texas in 2011 and have been on a mission spreading the word of Guerrilla Soul ever since. The roots of their music spring from the tradition of Southern Soul from Texas, New Orleans and Memphis, yet they are not a throwback. The foundation of James and Black is the voices and stories in their songs.

  • Blues and Soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as 'the finest female blues singer of her generation'. Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, Kyla has the honour of representing the UK in Memphis at the 2019 International Blues Challenge. A UK Blues Federation Ambassador of UK Blues, she is one of only three British singers to be included in the 50 Women of Blues Spotify playlist.

  • Delta Moon is an American swamp blues, blues rock, and blues band. They originated in Inman Park, Atlanta, Georgia. Featuring Tom Gray on lap steel slide and Mark Johnson on the bottleneck slide. Winners of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2003, Tom Gray was also 2008 songwriter of the year.

  • Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever. Her 2017 debut album ‘Wildfire’ assembled a host of Nashville’s finest and debuted at no.2 in the iTunes blues Charts. Tracked in Blackbird Studios, Tennessee then blended together back in the UK with the likes of Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar, the result is a unique trans-Atlantic coming together of styles.

  • A blistering mix of blues, soul and old school R&B, The Stumble have been wowing audiences with the energy and virtuosity of their live performances for the past 20 years. Festival favourites in every corner of the UK and Europe, The Stumble are taking their creative talents to a new level with their stupendous 4th album, The Other Side.

  • This Dutch Diva is a charismatic performer with a big voice that easily adapts to different genres. Big Ray cut his musical teeth on the Belgian and Dutch Blues scenes, playing with a plethora of musicians both on bass as well as guitar. Both were members of Soul and Blues band Yoka and The SugarBeats from 2015 to 2018.

  • This Swansea-based acoustic three-piece vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of the 1920s. Their debut album Prohibition Blues has been greeted with international radio play and universal critical acclaim, confirming the band's reputation as one of the UK's premier roots bands. The authentic sound of the Prohibition era!

  • A hot six piece based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, their style is more eclectic than most. Their own brand 'North Eastern Swing' is a mix of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, with the addition of razor-sharp solos, great arrangements and original songs.

  • The Achievers are one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed new bands on the UK Blues and Roots music scene. Layered with four-part harmonies, joyful melodies and infections, danceable rhythms there has never been a better time to see and hear The Acheivers. One of the most original and exciting bands to emerge in British Blues.

  • Drawing on a rich seam of musical influences from songwriter-led blues, RnB, Soul, Jazz and Funk, Ruby and the Revelators perform a refreshingly unique set that combines imaginative interpretations of classic blues songs, as well as eschewing the obvious in favour of lesser known gems and showcasing their original compositions.

  • 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.

  • One Eyed Crow are an exciting electric blues band from Merseyside, fronted by Pete Wade, playing a blistering mix of original and classic blues with their raw, energetic sound. Pete previously toured for six years with the award winning blues singer Connie Lush as lead guitarist, during which he was credited as bring one of the best blues guitarists on the UK circuit.

  • A unique and newly reformed band from the North West playing their own brand of RnB and Funk. Mixing up original compositions and covers of Roots, Americana, New Orleans Funk and a twist of Blues to create Rhythm and Groove music.

  • Established in 2013, Skariad are a North Wales based, 8-piece ska band playing upbeat hits from the two-tone and original ska eras. Their second visit to the North Wales Blues and Soul Festival guarantees to get the crowd dancing with drums, keys, horns, guitars and energy galore. Get ready to stomp!

  • Steve and his band are local lads from North Wales, playing a blend of original tunes and covers. Steve is also a hugely talented artist who will be exhibiting and selling his work at the festival. You can also catch him after the festival in the Theatr Clwyd Bar from 9:30pm.

  • Yubaba are the region's number one Funk and Soul party band. Taking you on an exciting adventure in sound with classic hits and well known covers with a twist!

  • 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.

  • A classic Power Trio combining Blues, Rock, Funk and anything else they can get their hands on. Comprising three talented musicians who have all worked extensively throughout the UK and Europe with various bands before coming together to form The Electric Recovery in 2018.

Schedule

Friday Saturday Sunday
Midday
One Eyed Crow
Mr Hugh Price
12:30 pm
The Electric Recovery
1:00 pm
Forty4
1:30 pm
Delta Radio
2:00 pm
Ruby and the Revelators
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra
Yoka and Big Ray
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
James and Black
4:30 pm
Elles Bailey
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
Steve Pablo Jones
The Achievers
Delta Moon
6:00 pm
The Rumblestrutters
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
The Stumble
Kyla Brox Band
Skariad
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes
8:30 pm
Yubaba
9:00 pm
9:30 pm

Venue

New for 2019, the festival will be held at Theatr Clwyd's outdoor arena!

Set on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful market town of Mold and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty beyond.


Getting Here

Mold is quick and easy to access from all over the country. Less than an hour from Manchester or Bangor by car.
The roads surrounding the theatre have prominent brown and white signs making us very easy to find. Just up the road from Flintshire’s County Council’s Head Offices and the Law Court (which are also well marked).

Our address: Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold, CH7 1YA

What Three Words address: slices.wakes.drawn

Public Transport

There is a bus stop outside the theatre on the routes from Mold, Flint and Chester. Our nearest train stations are Flint (5 miles), Chester (11 miles) and Buckley (5 miles). There are cycle racks outside the theatre.

By Coach

This year you can use public transport without missing the last band! A coach service between the festival and Chester train station can be booked at the same time as your tickets. Please see the Box Office for details.

By Road

From the North Wales coast, take the A55 towards Chester, take the exit signed Flint and turn right towards Mold. Go through the villages of Northop and Sychdyn, and look for a well signposted right hand turn into the theatre!
From Chester or North West England, take signs for North Wales and Conway. From the A55, filter left onto the A494 for Mold. As you approach the town, there are well signposted signs to the theatre on your right.
From other directions, go through Mold and take the A494 Queensferry road. The theatre is signposted on the left just after you leave the town.
To use your satnav, Interesting Point have provided location files for the festival, and various places around the town. Please choose the files for your device: Garmin, Navman or TomTom.

Parking

There is a large undercover car park operated by Flintshire County Council at the front of the building with tunnel access direct to the theatre foyer. The tunnel entrance has steps so is not suitable for those with access needs. Recently the council has introduced charges to use the car park however it is only £1.50 for a full day, 50p for 2 hours and is pay and display Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm. We ask for people to avoid parking outside the front of the building to ensure disabled access and for emergency service access.

Taxis

There are several taxi companies in the Mold area, we would always recommend pre-booking as they can get very busy.
Call Pied Bull Executive Travel on 07739 545348 to reserve your car! Other taxi firms are listed in the festival programme.

Food and Drink

On the festival field, in addition to local crafts people, artisans and other stalls, we'll have a great selection of food and drink!
Real ales from five local breweries, cocktails from Southern Comfort as well as a selection of cider, IPA, lager, wines from Red Door Chester's outside bar in association with Glasfryn and Old Harker's Arms.
Cubanos, vegetarian cubanos, NY hot dogs, wraps, jambalaya and fries from local street food purveyors Lovage and Rosemary.
Authentic wood-fired pizzas, including vegan and vegetarian, and jacket spuds from Dough Bellisimo!
Coffee, hot drinks and sweet things from Barrista Box.

More music!

Continue the festival after the main field closes - we'll be putting bands on inside the theatre and in Y Pentan over the weekend. See details in the program for who is playing where...

Theatr Clwyd

Friday: Steve Pablo Jones
Saturday: One Eyed Crow
Sunday: Mark Henderson Trio

Y Delyn

Saturday: Mark Henderson Trio

Y Pentan

Friday: The Rumblestrutters
Saturday: Inner City Blues Band

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 2019.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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Performer / Band please contact: Charlie Goodfella