Dates set for Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival

This year’s Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival is due to take place from Friday, July 28, to Sunday, July 30.

As organisers refine the programme they are reflecting on the fact that Rory Graham aka Rag ‘n’ Bone Man played at their first festival four years ago and has now obtained the recognition he deserves.

Graham Pope says, in a press release about the festival, that Rory has a “truly amazing talent” and he has an open invitation to the festival whenever, and if ever, his schedule, agent, management, label permit.

Rory Graham aka Rag ‘n’ Bone Man who performed at the first Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival and now has an open invitation to the festival – whenever and if ever his schedule, agent, managemet, label … permit.

A variety of musicians ranging from the young, and not so young, to award-winning and internationally acclaimed have performed at the fetival which is praised for its warm and friendly atmosphere and quality of music.

One of the UK’s most celebrated blues musicians, Ian Siegal, will be headling on the Saturday evening at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Ian, pictured at the top of this page, has been British Blues Acoustic Artist of the Year for the last three years and efforts have been made to get him to the festival for some time. It is only now, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, that his presence has been secured.

Joining Ian on Saturday will be one of the headline acts from the first Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival, the Spikedrivers who are celebrating their 25th anniversary, and talented Greg Coulson.

The opening evening on Friday, July 28, also at the Civic Centre sees the return of one of the festival’s favourite acts, the stunning Jo Harman, together with her band, following on from the release of her long-awaited album People We Become.

Jo Harman who will perform at the Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival on Friday, July 28.

The album was recorded in Nashville and is currently ocupying the playlists of the national radio stations both here in the UK and abroad.

Joining Jo on the bill is award-winning band Catfish and two more highly-respected musicians Joel White, from the UK, and Heidi Burson from the USA who will team with their own special line-up.

On the Sunday the festival moves to The Highlands Inn where there is a free afternoon of live music outside in the gardens – weather permitting – followed by a ticketed event in the evening when the festival will take over the restaurant area.

Confirmed acts for the Sunday evening incude Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral, performing a set of Billie Holliday classics and Miller Anderson – he was at Woodstock with the Keef Hartley Band – with Bob Brookes Desperate Dan Band.

Also on the Sunday evening, in conjunction with the Uckfield Festival the Billy Walton Band from New Jersey will perform, with support from the local band Red Butler.

Tickets are on sale and can be bought through the new-look festival website. See too the Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival Facebook page.

For more information please contact Graham Pope on 07947 275684, email gpevents@hotmail.com, or Graham Smith on 07788 412259, or 01825 766105, email cowburn.cutting@gmail.com.