By Bernie Bell
Blues/Rock is one of my favourite forms of music, and I had been wondering what was going to happen with the Orkney Blues Festival – due to groove the nation – in September. By this time in July, the Festival Committee would usually have the line-up confirmed, be fundraising and gathering sponsorships. But………???
Then I heard from the Director of the Fest. – Marcus Cordock – saying that the 2020 Blues Festival won’t be going ahead in it’s usual format, BUT…..IT WILL BE GOING AHEAD! The Committee are asking for any ideas from Blues enthusiasts, and planning to keep the public updated with developments, via Social Media. So, don’t worry , fellow groovers – there will be Blues music, this September – maybe not live, as the Committee are taking a very responsible attitude but – beaming out, in some form, to the world.
The Committee is viewing this as a chance to try some ‘outside the box’ thinking. A very positive attitude.
This got me thinking that I would like to bring the Blue Fest to the attention of the public in some way, if possible, and I thought of simply listing links to articles related to the Blues Fest, previously published in The Orkney News. That could give some idea of how it usually goes, and show what a truly groovy event it is.
If anyone would like to help out in any way, or just keep up with developments for this year’s Fest – you could check out the website https://www.orkneyblues.co.uk/ and Facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/orkneybluesfest pages.
I first came across Tom Ashman, about 6/7? years ago when he played with Red Dog Bandit, or was it Trunk Road Defect?
The Blues AGM will take place in the Function Room at the Royal Hotel, Stromness on Thursday 20th of February at 7:30pm.
Dave Arcari makes his Orkney debut as a headliner at Orkney Blues Festival when he plays three shows at festival venues during the event which takes place Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September .
“It sounded interesting – in fact, got me wanting to hear more, which is a good sign – so I moved on, grooved on, to the CD.”
“I was listening to a CD by Cream, singing along with the familiar words, then realised how very relevant they are to today”