Blues Legends on Thursday 7th June


Tickets £22 click here

The Greet will meet the Mississippi on Thursday for the evening concert in the Big Top.

Now an 8-piece big band, with horns, keyboards, and sultry female vocalist Charlie Austin, alongside original members Mark Feltham and Dennis Greaves, headliners Nine Below Zero have been one of Britain’s best blues exports for over 30 years. They’ve supported everyone from Alexis Korner, Chuck Berry, The Kinks and The Who through to recent successful tours with Squeeze and The Stranglers.  Also on the bill there’s The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, led by one of the last original Louisiana bluesmen.  Now in his late Seventies, Lil’ Jimmy has shared the stage with blues greats such as BB King and Bobby Blue Bland; he’ll be joined by Bob Hall, one of the finest blues and boogie pianists of his generation.


“We’ve booked the best international folk, roots and acoustic artists over the years but we’ve also had some great blues performers at Southwell,” says festival director Mike Kirrage.  “So this year we’ve decided to start the festival with a top-quality blues extravaganza.”

Alongside Nine Below Zero and The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, there’s also Ol’ Savannah, one of Canada’s best roots bands – they put the blues into bluegrass and have been described as a cross between Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Roscoe Holcomb, and The Pogues! – and, from closer-to-home, Midlander Sunjay who has stepped in to replace Johhn Dickinson who has sadly had to pull out due to illness.


Check out the artists playing others days too: innovative guitarist John Smith on Sunday, and singer-songwriter Luke Jackson playing across the weekend (“Luke Jackson has an incredibly mature and expressive voice that can holler the blues or give sensitive treatment to his own more personal tales” – R2 magazine)


Gate to Southwell Festival