3rd - 5th August 2018

Mold, North Wales


Coming in August 2018!

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.

Don't worry about the weather, we have FOUR large gazebos to protect everyone rain or shine!

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We've teamed up with UK charity Music For All

Here, at the North Wales Blues and Soul Festival HQ, we love live music! More needs to be done to support young people in learning to play a musical instrument, otherwise music education risks becoming something that only children born to wealthier parents can afford. So we have are backing the national Music for All charity. It provides instruments and lessons for young people who wish to learn – or keep playing – but cannot afford to do so. There have been some government support packages but the reality is that austerity and education funding cuts bite harder in some regions than others. We want to do our bit to provide practical support and hopefully also some inspiration to young people. Our audience is made up from people from all over the world but the mainstay comes from Wales, the North West and the Midlands. These are places which have produced some of the world’s most influential musicians, from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division right up to the Stereophonics today. We are music people and not politicians but do think it would be wrong to assume that our music heritage can just take care of itself. There is definitely a debate to be had around whether there is enough funding focussed on disadvantaged learners. Playing a musical instrument is life enhancing – and sometimes even life changing – but it’s getting out of reach for a growing number of children.

The festival will raise funds for the charity by donating a percentage from ticket sales and having ‘bucket-shaking’ fundraisers among the crowds over the weekend. We are also arranging for award-winning harmonica player Liam Ward, who is performing at the festival, to run a harmonica workshop in Mold for young people interested in taking up the instrument. There will also be a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition prior to the big event, we are encouraging entries from schools from across Flintshire.

Paul McManus, Chief Executive of Music for All is delighted to be working with the North Wales Blues & Soul Festival: "Making music really changes lives and it also has a huge range of benefits for younger people. Research shows that playing a musical instrument can help at school with better concentration, creativity and socialisation, leading to improved self-esteem and self-discipline. We want as many children as possible to enjoy these benefits and the support of events like the festival really help us to make this happen".


What was it like?

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:

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Artists

Announced for 2018 so far...:


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

  • 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.

  • Over the span of 30 years, he’s worked on the railway, busked in the streets of London, provided backup vocals and guitar for Van Morrison, played clubs and theatres all over the world, written scores of original songs, and recorded some of the most original and honest rhythm & soul albums of the last two decades. By 2006, Hunter was recognized with nominations for a GRAMMY® Award and an American Music Award. He and his band then hit the road for a decade of extensive touring and recorded three additional critically-acclaimed studio albums. By 2016, MOJO magazine had crowned him The United Kingdom’s Greatest Soul Singer.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style. Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown. However, they have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Jools Holland and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound. Over the last decade The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.

  • In 2011 Chris was awarded the accolade of being one of the top undiscovered guitarists worldwide by the acclaimed international music photographer Robert Knight; who in partnership with guitar manufacturer Fender was searching the globe to find the next great guitarist. In 2013, Chris’ online popularity began to soar, after gaining millions of hits on YouTube he quickly established himself as Twitter’s most followed blues guitarist worldwide, such interest encouraged Chris to self-produce and release his first single: ‘Lipstick On Her Cigar’. The single hit No.1 on the iTunes & Amazon Blues charts, after just one day of sales. In 2014, huge public demand for live performances led Chris to form his own 4-piece group: ‘The Chris King Robinson Band’ which quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting live bands in the country.

  • 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?

  • Brilleaux is a high-energy, hard driving, British-style rhythm and blues band from New Zealand in the style of bands such as Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson, and Nine Below Zero, and in a similar vein to earlier exponents of the genre such as The Yardbirds, Early Rolling Stones, and Johnny Kid and the Pirates. Brilleaux currently have 8 albums under their belts! A typical set by Brilleaux consists of a mixture of British R&B Classics and exciting original material that these masters of Rhythm and Blues have been performing at festivals around the country since 1999. There is nobody in New Zealand playing Rhythm and Blues like these guys!

  • Burning Black is everything you ever expected to hear from a blues band and more, hard hitting rhythm with dynamic riffs to classy acoustic numbers.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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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

Continue the festival after the main field closes - these local pubs put on live blues and soul music from 10pm over the festival weekend. See details in the program for who is playing where...

Thanks to the following pubs that put on music for the 2017 festival

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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