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Linton Music Festival:
19th - 21st June 2009
Alma Inn, Linton, Ross-on-Wye.
Herefordshire. HR9 7RY
Friday 19th June
The Smokin' Hogs
A Linton Friday night special kicks of with the
Smokin’ Hogs, a punchy rockin' 3 piece band from East Anglia. Think
Peter Green meets ZZ Top and don’t be late !.
(Part 1 - double headline)
The legendary Essex rockers return to Linton by
popular demand!. Deservedly one of the the most popular live Rhythm and
Blues acts in the world.
Nine Below Zero
(Part 2 - double headline)
Also back by popular demand, Nine Below Zero have
been one of Britain’s premier R&B bands for over 20 years. Their
high-energy show features the power-house vocals and guitar of Dennis
Greaves and Mark Feltham on harmonica..
Saturday 20th June
The Dirty Robbers
Front man Oliver Darling leads these four
scallywags on a trip through classic R&B and honky-tonk blues from the
50’s and 60’s that will get your toes tapping, hips swinging and your
body jiving until you can’t boogie any more! One not to miss.
If you like your Blues low, down and dirty, a la
Black Keys and The White Stripes then look no further than Vulnerable
Things. With a sound that is all their own they have built an enviable
reputation for themselves on the London music scene.
Key Frances Band (USA)
1/3 Bo Diddley, 1/3 Jim Fogarty, 1/3 Hendrix – and
described as “music’s best kept secret ever”. At the 2008 Peer Rhythm &
Blues festival his psychedelic blues ripping on the electric guitar took
the breath away. Prepare to be stunned - the music will take you to
places you didn't even know existed.
The Juke Joints (NL)
Continuing our plundering of the best of the Dutch
rhythm and blues scene (Phil Bee 2007, Big Blind 2008), Holland’s
best-known blues rockers, The Juke Joints roll up at Linton. Known as
the masters of rock rollin’ blues, The Juke Joints have blazed a trail
across festivals in Europe and the USA for over 25 years.
Connie Lush and Blues Shouter
Described as having "a voice like a 3am whisky and
enough electricity to power the National Grid", Connie Lush is widely
recognised as one of the finest Blues singers that the United Kingdom
has ever produced.
Mike Sanchez and his Big Band
Singer, guitarist, pianist, and surely the meanest
“rocking and reeling alley cat” ever to emerge from deepest
Worcestershire, Mike Sanchez is our Saturday headline. Renowned as one
of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and
Rock ’n’ Roll, his music must surely be the biggest, meanest beat in
Sunday 21st June
Matthew Lee (Italy)
Born in Pesaro, Italy, Matthew Lee is an
extraordinary rock’n’roll singer and pianist in the mould of Jerry Lee
Lewis. He is one of the most complete and charismatic artists around
today, despite his tender years, capturing his audience's attention with
his stage presence.
The gentle giant of the blues, Otis Grand has been
setting the standard for the past four decades and leads one of the
hottest true blues and R & B bands around today. Having pioneered the
big band blues sound over the last few years, his guitar led big city
style blues has been recognised with numerous awards.
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Playing an utterly unique blend
of rock & roll, folk, and quirky Americana, Gandalf Murphy & the
Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called "the hillbilly Pink Floyd”.
Spotted at the 2008 Rhythm Festival where they stole the show, we
promise you something special !
Magic of Motown Show (USA)
It’s 50 years since Berry Gordy
founded the Tamla Motown record label and Linton joins in the
anniversary celebrations with the spectacular ‘Magic of Motown’ show.
This lavish production honours the legends and revives the
multi-million-selling hits that made Tamla world famous and brought the
world dancing to its feet. Party time in HR9 !.
STOP PRESS: Real Ale Line-up
Following months of deliberation the smoke from the Alma Inn chimney
finally turned from black to white this weekend and Graham emerged from
his isolation with the official announcement of this years festival beer
list! Pleased to say that he appears to have excelled himself again
with no fewer than 29 real ales lined up for the festival weekend (and
he is even promising not to run out this year).
rare indeed for us Linton folks to book a band or artist without first
seeing them play live, but so high was the recommendation from one of
our most trusted contacts for Italian (yes Italy !) pianist Matthew Lee,
it left us with little option. Unfortunately, by the time we became
aware of this Italian virtuoso we only had the first slot on Sunday
left; don’t be fooled by the billing, this guy is headline material.
Despite his tender years and the fact that 2008 was his first European
tour, Matthew Lee has hit the European festival circuit like an express
train, gaining plaudits (and return requests) everywhere he has played.
He has already developed a reputation as one of the most
charismatic artists on the scene today,
combining brilliant showmanship, a ferocious, boogie-style instrumental
style with rowdy, uninhibited vocals.
Having seen his promo DVD we can tell you that his style is moulded in
the Jerry Lee Lewis wild man image, kicking his piano bench out of the
way to play standing, raking his hands up and down the keyboard for
dramatic accent, and even standing on top of the instrument and playing
with his feet. But more than that his music is pure rock ‘n roll and
embodies its most reckless and high-spirited impulses - although we
don’t believe he has a 13 year old wife ;-)
And it just gets better - this is not a one man show as Lee fronts an
amazingly strong band. With guitarist Frank Carrera (savour him playing
slide on Ol’ Whisky Blues on the myspace link below) and bass player JJ
Latini leading the charge, together they knock out the old rock and roll
standards with a passion that is as good as or better than anything
If you love
the rock’n’roll and rockabilly world and that hair raising, spine
tingling sound of the
piano-pounding rockers from the late Fifties,
Lee is going to going to be a sensation – don’t be late, there’s gonna
be a whole lotta shakin’ going on.
Anyway if you
want to check him out yourself:
PS. for all the
ladies out there my missus also says he’s real hot stuff !
Linton Festival Team
Key Francis Band
‘away team’ caught the “Key Frances Band” live at the Belgium Rhythm &
Blues festival last year. With impressive speed the distinctive rocking
sound, incessant funky swing and fiery driving guitar pulled in a huge
audience with magnetic force, then turned them into a contagious, foot
tapping, head bobbing mass (check out the videos of some of the actual
BRBF set on youtube for a real treat – link below).
but demanding the attention of even the casual listeners in the crowd,
the expressive vocal interpretations and guitar led psychedelic
intensity of the music rocked simply took the breathe away.
This guy has
presence, tone, psychedelic blues, passion & raw gut emotion. He eats,
breathes & feels blood curdling licks, and, taking no prisoners along
the way, plays his guitar like a certified psychedelic shaman.
We liked him!
Tip: turn the
(Stop Press: please be aware
that Youtube and the PRS are currently having a little spat. These links
are working now but may disappear at any point until the dispute is
Linton Festival Team
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
OK, so a few of you out there were lucky
enough to be at the 2008 Rhythm Festival with the Linton away team and
know what to expect; but we know that the majority of you out there are
living in inexcusable ignorance of what for us was THE band of 2008.
At the Rhythm
Festival we saw the name, and like everyone else thought we were
probably going to get something along the lines of a fill in
traditional Romanian gypsy taraf belting out strange tunes on a cobza,
violin and panflute, whilst wailing in some unintelligible foreign
language (it happened in 2007 !).
Instead we got
something special - a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of
music. How good were they ? Ever seen 2000 people get up at the end of
a set to buy the CD simultaneously ? We have !
Imagine a band that
has mixed 25 years of rock and roll with a dash of folk and a pinch of
Americana in an enormous caldron over a blazing fire. Stir it around,
then blend in generous slug of creativity and season with a huge dose of
talent. The result takes shape in one of the best American bands on the
road today - and the music rocks !
Gandalf Murphy and
the SCOD are at once completely original and entirely familiar, citing
influences as diverse as Hank Williams, Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String
Band and early Pink Floyd, they describe their music as
"punk-classical-hillbilly-Floyd" - a mental rollercoaster of whimsical,
Believe us poor
Linton folk - this band is a knockout; and they are as fascinating to
watch as they are to hear. Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of
Dreams kick some mean hillbilly butt.
Youtube links for
your enjoyment below - but a must see live experience.
Linton Festival Team
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