Wednesday, 13th May 2015
Presented by Alligator Records President Bruce Iglauer and featuring Tommy Castro, Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, this is a fantastic coup for the Festival and has already got music fans buzzing with excitement!
And what makes it even more special is the fact that one of the artistes - Selwyn Birchwood – has just won recognition in America’s Annual Blues Music Awards.
He was one of three Alligator Records artistes to win an accolade at the 36th Annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis last week. Newcomer Selwyn - winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge -- received the award for Best New Artist Album of the Year for his breakout Alligator debut, Don't Call No Ambulance. This was his first nomination - and his first win!
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.
In 2013 he won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist of the Year Award.
Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Jarekus Singleton’s 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 on the International Stage 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 as The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 26th year of bringing some of the best R and B music to Colne.
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