North Wales Blues and Soul festival is returning for its fifth year with a stellar line-up led by GRAMMY®-nominated UK soul singer James Hunter, who has been lauded on both sides of the Atlantic. Dubbed ‘the UK’s greatest soul singer’ by Mojo magazine, his albums have been lavishly praised by The New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine, and The Los Angeles Times.
The James Hunter Six will appear alongside The Liam Ward Band, an act known for originals that push blues boundaries, and featuring one of the UK’s most revered harmonica players.
Other highlights include the 1950s R&B combo The Revolutionaires. Founded in the North East but known on the European circuit for hot rhythm & blues, the band have their own style, with influences that include Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
Blues veterans the John Verity Band know the live circuit intimately – early incarnations of the band supported legends such as Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin. Later John Verity spent time producing, playing guitar or providing backing vocals for various acts as varied as Motorhead and Ringo Starr.
Emerging talent on show includes Alexis Evans who, at 25, is already a songwriter and guitarist playing with a stunning maturity. His voice takes audiences on a musical journey full of both rhythm n’ blues vibrations and vintage elegance. Alexis is based in Bordeaux and coming to the festival with his 6-piece band. Similarly, Greg Coulson is already an accomplished and highly-respected musician at 25 with a track record including lengthy spells in the legendary Two Tone/Ska band The Selecter and in the West End. Greg has his own special, fiery, impassioned brand of rhythm & blues, putting his own stamp on the music of the greats.
New Orleans-inspired Dale Storr, the YouTube sensation Chris King Robinson, Kiwi band Brilleaux, the Colin Hinds Band, Burning Black and home grown North Wales band Delta Radio also feature at the festival. More acts are set to be confirmed over the coming weeks and a total of 18 acts are expected to take to the stage during the festival weekend.
This year the festival will also be raising funds for national charity, Music for All, which provides instruments for young people who cannot afford to learn or keep playing music. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated and collections swill take place at the festival itself. Award-winning harmonica player Liam Ward, who is performing at the festival, to run a harmonica workshop in Mold.
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