Wednesday, 19th August 2015
Alligator Records President, Bruce Iglauer, will be hosting a question and answer session ahead of a very special and rare treat for fans of The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.
As part of this year’s Festival, the Sunday night on the International Stage will be dedicated to three American Alligator Records artistes - Tommy Castro, Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton – who will each be introduced on to the stage by the label’s founder, Bruce Iglauer.
But before the music starts, International Stage ticket holders will have the opportunity to chat to Bruce between 6.15pm and 7pm, when he will answer questions from the Blues loving audience.
Then Selwyn will kick off the proceedings at 7.30pm. Florida’s rising young Blues fireball – as he has been described - is a guitar and lap steel playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervour and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals.
The 29-year-old, with his trademark Afro, roams the stage (often barefoot) ripping out high-octane songs that range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow Blues to modern Blues rock.
Next up at 9.15pm is Jarekus. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Jarekus’ cutting-edge sound is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional Blues. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Jarekus is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.
And finishing off this very special Sunday night will be award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro, who is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues and thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances.
In 2010 he won four Blues music awards including, for the second time in his career, the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award - the highest award a Blues performer can receive.
So all-in-all this really should be one night to remember – and one not to miss if you are a Blues fan!
Get your tickets here!