Big Blind (NL)
Dutch band Big Blind return to kick start the 2010 festival. Since appearing at Linton in 2008 the band has matured with a closer, tighter playing style and more varied sound. 2009 was a great year for the band and their trajectory has continued onwards and upwards; their 2nd album ‘Circus Left Town’ was released to international acclaim and they have just scooped the 2009 Dutch National Blues Band Award.
Influenced by the likes of The Hoax, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Lester Butler & Howlin Wolf, but playing stunningly original material they produce a mean sounding, rawkin’ kind of blues stamped with their own unique identity and punky attitude. Don’t be late!
Ian Siegal Band
Ian Siegal makes an overdue return to Linton on Friday Night. One of the most prodigiously talented, critically acclaimed and inventive British artists to emerge in recent years, Siegal is renowned for his live performances and lauded for his recordings. His latest album “Broadside” was awarded MOJO’s 2009 pick of the year with songs “awash with wit, lust and distraction”.
It has been said that had Siegal been around in the sixties he would today be accorded the same reverence as artists such as Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton. Instead he is a child of the seventies who dropped out of art college in the late eighties to go busking in Germany. From the streets of Berlin Siegal progressed to clubs around Nottingham, then to London and ultimately to the major stages around Europe. Enjoy!
Arguably the most influential British blues band of the last 20 years, The Hoax exploded onto the British scene in 1991, sweeping all before them with a ferocious blend of energy, excitement and sheer musical ability to establish themselves as one of the most exciting live acts of the nineties – Q magazine citing that the last time Englishmen played with such fire and conviction, they had names like The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones!
The Hoax disbanded at the end of 1999 to pursue their own individual projects but in 2008 they reunited to test the water with a handful of concerts in the UK and Holland. The band also recently celebrated their 20th anniversary with a further UK mini tour. Having seen them both at Moulin Blues in Holland in 2008 and over Christmas 2009 in their hometown of Devizes, we can confirm that the intervening years have not taken anything away! The collective brilliance that made them so unique back in the 90’s shines through and they still sound like the most contemporary blues outfit on the planet – an absolute must see!
Rory Ellis (Aus)
Rory Ellis is an Australian singer/songwriter. Impossible to pigeonhole, he is not blues, folk or country, but fusion of the three. With heaps of stories to tell and a deep growl of a voice that seems to come out of the ground itself (think Chris Rea, but a lot deeper voiced), he’s one of that group of musicians that just are!
Nico Backton & Wizards of Blues
Spotted by the Linton AwayTeam (Jackie) at the 2009 Cahors Festival in France, Nico Backton and the Wizards of Blues are another one of those bands we had to bring to Linton. Considered to be among the very best of acoustic bands, their music crosses the United States from the deep South to the cold up North, from dusty cotton fields to the screaming streets of Chicago and is wrapped in the soul of the original bluesmen.
Texas out of Louisiana singer / guitarist Eugene Hideaway-Bridges plays with the grace and dignity of BB King and style of Robert Cray, as well as being one of the best soul singers around, with gospel inflected arrangements giving him a sound reminiscent of the late, great Sam Cooke.
Blessed with a level of craftsmanship far beyond his years this legendary blues guitarist and superb entertainer has lived his life on the road, with home being wherever the next performance takes him; from America through Europe, to Australia each year. Stopping off at Linton 2010 Eugene will serve up an additional treat as he appears with the Little Big Horns, one of the hottest, funkiest brass sections in the UK – unmissable!
Hokie Joint are well known in the Benelux countries (we were among the 6000 who saw them blow the roof off the tent at the 2009 Peer festival), and now there is a real buzz about them in the UK press & media, with many commentators tipping them for the top. A super cool five piece led by charismatic singer Jojo Burgess and ace harmonica player Giles King, they are an amazingly vibrant, stimulating live band, harking back to the club scene of the sixties, but with a distinctively original modern approach..
On one hand we’re talking part Waits, part Wolf vocals, fuzzing slide guitar, dirty harmonica, driving bass and train-like drumming. On the other hand it’s gut-wrenchingly emotional vocals, melancholic guitar playing, sweeping harmonica, well constructed, melodic bass and intricate, mesmerising drumming. These musicians have covered all corners of the blues that influenced them and have together forged a refreshing new sound.
Linton’s favourite band – in one word superb! If you haven’t seen them before then what you get is classic Chicago-style blues featuring the stunning guitar work of Colin Black & Johnny Spencer. If you have seen them previously then you know they are the complete outfit, combining stage presence and superb musicianship with stunningly original material. Catch them live again at Linton 2010 – you’ll be glad you did!
Ten Years After
Ten Years After became one of the biggest names and the most explosive quartet on the world music stage and even though they have been rocking the world for over 40 years, their music has never grown old or out of fashion, and they still perform with the energy and enthusiasm they had when the fire was first lit way back in 1967.
The phenomenal international success of Ten Years After was sealed at The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in August 1969. Their legendary encore I’m Going Home was captured on film and exposed their jazz, blues, rock amalgam to a global audience, who were blown away by the intensity of the band’s performance when the Academy Award winning documentary was released. Their ten-minute appearance in the film is an acknowledged highlight and established Ten Years After with a place in rock history.
Today their blues rock is still fresh and easy going and the band has successfully transferred their music into the new millennium. Their rhythms are intoxicating, their solos captivating and the interaction perfect: Ric Lee on drums, Leo Lyons on bass guitar, Chick Churchill on keyboards, Joe Gooch on guitar. Since 2005 they have toured relentlessly in Europe and the USA, as well as and recording new material.
Ten Years After will tour again in 2010 and The Linton Music Festival is proud to announce their first UK appearance in almost 4 years. Seeing this legendary band live is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
Formerly known as Funkydory this band has forged a reputation as one of the most original sounding bands on the scene – edgy, soul infused blues and funk with attitude! Led by Lorna Reilly’s impassioned vocals, they set about heir business in style. Whether funking up an existing tune or playing one of their own compositions it’s a distinctive sound – definitely a band to catch.
The Seatsniffers featuring Mike Sanchez
The Seatsniffers have been the reigning kings of Belgium’s roots music for the past decade. One of the most popular, longest running and most international roots rock band in mainland Europe. Infused with the spirit of five decades of rock ‘n’ roll their music is best described as an explosive cocktail of rock and roll, rhythm & blues, rockabilly, soul, gut-bucket blues and ska. They don’t play punk, but their songs and live shows have a generous dose of frantic punk intensity and attitude!
Add into this heady brew the frenetic energy of Worcestershire’s meanest “rocking and reeling alley cat” Mike Sanchez and we can easily promise that Sunday at Linton will be the biggest, meanest beat around. A real festival highlight!
Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, artists as varied as Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Mick Jagger have featured her on their recordings. However she is currently perhaps best known as one of the main singers in Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra.
When not touring with Jools, Ruby gets back out on the road with her own band of musicians. To close the 2010 festival we look forward to her blend of soul, gospel, and R&B as she showcases classic hits such as ‘Stay With Me Baby’, ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)’ and her American R’n’B chart, Number 1 hit single ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ – beat that!
Peter Green & Friends
After several years out of the public eye, Peter Green is back with a new band – Peter Green and Friends. Feedback from his recent UK tour acclaims this as the real Peter Green, fully rejuvenated and playing like you’ve always wanted to see him, back centre stage again with his guitar and voice shining through.
Peter Green and Friends is about the man himself enjoying the performance experience – this is not a Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac greatest hits band. Naturally, no Peter Green appearance would be complete without a few of his classic compositions, but now the focus is on fresh renditions of Peter’s personal blues, R&B and soul favourites with a repertoire that is an exciting, unpredictable mix.