LOOE BLUES FESTIVAL
There’s a new music festival in town this month, but don’t worry – March festivalgoers will be undercover to listen to top names from Blues, Rhythm and Rock music.
Kicking off the festival at Tencreek Holiday Park, Looe, on Friday 20 March will be one of the best bands from the 60s – The Animals.
Their back catalogue is a soundtrack to a golden decade of music - House of The Rising Sun, We Gotta Get
Out Of This Place, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and Boom Boom which featured in the James Bond movie, Skyfall. The line-up features, from the original Animals, John Steel and Mick Gallagher, joined by Danny Handley and Roberto Ruiz.
Bruce Springsteen recently revealed that it was The Animals, not The Beatles or the Stones, who were his favourite British Invasion band. After breaking into the American charts with House of the Rising Sun, they had more than 20 global Top Ten hit records.
Saturday night’s headliner is Martin Turner, formerly of Wishbone Ash. Westcountry musicians Martin and Steve Upton headed for the bright lights of London in 1969 and put an ad in Melody Maker for musicians to join them and form a band. Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited and Wishbone Ash was born.
Classic albums include Argus, Pilgrimage and New England. Martin continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists
Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown.
Bringing the weekend to the close in fine style on the Sunday will be The Blockheads, once backing band for Ian Dury but now music-makers in their own right. After Ian died in 2000, they have rarely been off the road with
Derek Hussey taking on the role of fronting the band.
Expect all the crowd-pleasing hits – What A Waste, Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll and Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick. For a full line-up and information on tickets, go to solidentertainments.com
The Animals headline a new three-day music festival in Looe