23rd - 25th AUGUST 2019

170+ ACTS


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:

Carl North & The Lonely Hearts
The Catfish Blues Orchestra
Chris King Robinson
Katy Hurt

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 ​o​ne of the chosen ​four artists to represent the UK at the 201​9 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.


The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

The Town Hall, Albert Road, ​Colne, BB8 0AQ​


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