The lineup

Bris­tol, 15 to 18 March

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This an­nual event – now in its sixth year of ex­is­tence – has es­tab­lished it­self as a guar­an­tee of great ta­lent. 2018 is no ex­cep­tion – and there’s even some fa­mil­iar Gui­tarist faces in the line-up…

“It’s al­ways been my goal to pro­vide a fes­ti­val pro­gramme that ap­peals to as many mu­sic fans as pos­si­ble,” the fes­ti­val’s Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Denny Il­let tells us. “I try to rep­re­sent as many styles of jazz and blues as the sched­ule al­lows and I hope we suc­ceed with that. Be­ing a gui­tar player, I al­ways like to pro­gramme in a few choice ax­e­men into the fes­ti­val line-up and this year is no ex­cep­tion.”

He’s not wrong. And things start very strong in­deed — jazz mas­ters Mar­tin Tay­lor and Ulf Wak­e­nius play a duo show of the first day with the Fri­day bring­ing a rare re­turn to the UK for a show from Matt Schofield, who will host an Ad­vanced Blues mas­ter­class the fol­low­ing day at the nearby Folk House venue. Jump Blues mae­stro and oc­ca­sional

Gui­tarist con­trib­u­tor Chris Cor­co­ran will also host his own mas­ter­class along­side his rhythm sec­tion, to help play­ers un­der­stand the art of blues with swing.

The Satur­day will also see another spe­cial duo per­for­mance with Ant Law play­ing an 8-string gui­tar for a unique con­tem­po­rary jazz col­lab­o­ra­tion with the ac­claimed clas­si­cal per­cus­sion­ist Dame Eve­lyn Glen­nie.

Clap­ton, Bruce and Baker fans are in for a treat too with last year’s Slight Re­turn lineup who played a per­for­mance of Hen­drix’s Axis: Bold As Love in full, now turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the 50th an­niver­sary of Cream’s fi­nal 60s gig. That means Gui­tarist’s own ed­i­tor-in-chief Jamie Dick­son, con­trib­u­tor and Gui­tar Tech­niques ed­i­tor Neville Marten and for­mer Gui­tarist ed­i­tor Mick Tay­lor, now of That Pedal Show, join­ing forces as play­ers once more.

Neville tells us we’ll get Cream clas­sics, and deeper cuts too. “What sur­prised even me was how many great Cream songs ex­ist in the pub­lic con­scious­ness,” he tells us. “For in­stance, I Feel Free, Strange Brew, White Room, Badge, Sun­shine Of Your Love… but quite a few al­bum tracks too, such as Born Un­der A Bad Sign, Cross­roads,

Politi­cian and so on. So ex­pect all the ‘great­est hits’ but also some of the bet­ter and lesser-known al­bum tracks – those that Cream fans will ap­pre­ci­ate, but so will the ca­sual ob­server.”

So what are the big­gest chal­lenges with three gui­tarists tack­ling this ma­te­rial?

“It’s good and it’s bad for all of us in a way,” Neville ad­mits. “There are ob­vi­ous ‘big’ ones that every­one is qui­etly wish­ing they get — the im­pres­sive so­los, the heav­i­est riffs and so on. But, at the same time, it’s bril­liant to be able to do dou­ble meaty rhythm tracks and riffs, play ac­tual twin gui­tar har­monies and so on. We’re all very re­spect­ful of each oth­ers’ pref­er­ences and abil­i­ties though, so it’s cer­tainly not a prima donna show as there’s plenty of great stuff to go around. Plus, there’s plenty of har­mony vo­cals, which Mick and I par­tic­u­larly en­joy do­ing.”

There’s even more 50th an­niver­sary ac­tion on the fi­nal day with the Electric Lady Big Band, a project realised by Denny him­self, cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of Hen­drix’s mas­ter­piece Electric Lady­land.

In­spired by the al­bum of Jimi’s mu­sic re­leased by the Gil Evans Orches­tra in 1974, Denny and his 16-piece big band will re-imag­ine the whole of Electric Lady­land fea­tur­ing many of the UK’s great­est jazz and blues soloists.

Matt Schofield will make a rare UK ap­pear­ance for a show and mas­ter­class

Ex­pect great things from Chris Cor­co­ran’s blues sem­i­nar

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