24TH - 26TH AUGUST
15 OFFICIAL VENUES
1 GREAT FESTIVAL
Following a huge response to the Jessica Foxley Unsigned Project – we’re thrilled to announce this year’s successful applications
The Jessica Foxley Project requested unsigned acts… and received them by the bucket-load.
Following an overwhelming response, the judging panel had the difficult task of choosing 4 finalists from over 80 entries, to open the festival main stages this summer.
In alphabetical order the finalists are:
The Jessica Foxley judges were seeking outstanding, unsigned, young talent (solo artists or bands) to complement the line-up of main artists playing at this year’s festival.
Their criteria was originality, creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility (with the festival), plus entertainment value.
Margaret Foxley (chair of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned judges panel) explains further. “Bringing together young talent from across the UK and giving them a high profile performance opportunity is what our project is all about. Our aim is to create an experience which will not only give our young musicians unrivalled exposure but will hopefully lead to other great opportunities. Three of the four contestants (Catfish, Greg Coulson and Tom C Walker) taking part in this year’s UK Blues Federation are former Jessica Foxley Unsigned bands… need I say more?!”
In addition to being chosen to play the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, there’s a chance for one of the chosen four artists to represent the UK at the 2019 European and International Blues Challenges (with thanks to the UK Blues Federation for enabling this)… more news on this to follow.
From the artists chosen, expect –
*raw, country soul of Americana meets foot stompin’ Rhythm & Blues
*a rich and soulful blend of rhythm and blues
*incredible blues guitar
*soulful Americana-fuelled blues
Many thanks to the judges for their time and expertise in helping with the project…
Elles Bailey, Paddy Maguire, Margaret Foxley, Robert Hunter, Dave Raven and Paul Foxley.