Press Release

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival 2019

Gloucester city centre will be alive with the sound of Blues for 9 days starting on Saturday 27th July. It’s not all ‘I Woke Up This Morning’ songs by any means. The Blues covers a wide area of music and seeps over into the world of Rock, Country, Soul and Jazz. There’s a large number of upbeat acts in the mix which include both local musicians and touring acts. All venues hosting music are a short walk from the centre. Grainne Duffy from County Monaghan, Ireland will be on the Greyfriars Stage at Café René. Since appearing at the Food Festival and the Rhythm & Blues Festival both on one day some years ago, Grainne and her band have been touring extensively with concerts in Europe, Thailand, Norway, Canada, and Morocco. Firm Festival favourites Wille And The Bandits, Innes Sibun, Steve Browning, Keith Thompson, The Foregate Blues Band, Oliver Darling, Memphis, and Luke Doherty are in the line up.


Grainne Duffy Band

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Gráinne Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her Roots, Soul, Blues, Country and Rock traditions. She is a seasoned artist and has been spending the last number of years touring in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Canada. Some highlights thus far have included international leading festivals including 3 performances at Glastonbury Festival, UK, Phuket Festival, Thailand, Notodden Festival, Norway, Dark Season Festival, Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle, Tremblant Festival, Canada, Blues du Passions, France, Blue Balls Festival, Switzerland and Tanjazz in Morocco.


Oliver Darling

Oliver will be making a rare solo appearance at Peppers on Monday 29th July. He tours the world as guitarist with Imelda May’s band and recently supported The Who in concert at Wembley. He also works with Tanita Tikaram and his own band The Dirty Robbers who have a new album out. He’s a firm favourite in Gloucester having played with many acts over the years.


Innes Sibun Band

Innes has appeared with various bands in Gloucester over the years. This time with his own outfit. He has toured with Robert Plant.


Wille And The Bandits

A firm favourite with Gloucester Blues fans.


Stevie Nimmo Trio


Jim Crawford


Luke Doherty


Steve Browning Band


For more information on all of the artists, click here.


27 July – 4 August 2019

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