Bank Holiday blues we don’t mind having!

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WHEN the rest of the area is toasting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Hebden Bridge will be welcoming a different kind of royalty.

The Hebden Bridge Blues Festival returns to various locations around the town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with some the biggest names in blues set to perform.

Internationally renowned blues man Todd Sharpville will be headlining at the Picture House on Saturday and as a titled member of one of the UK’s oldest aristocratic families and descending from Royal lineage, Todd (aka The Hon Roland Augusto Jestyn Estanislao Philipps) is the younger son of the third Viscount St Davids.

However, festival organisers Paddy Maguire and Jason Elliott said they are not interested in his Royal connections and are much more focused on his musical talent.

Paddy said: “As far as we are concerned, in the blues world Todd is simply a prodigious talent, a stunning performer and song-writer and he has a huge stage presence. We are delighted to have someone of his standing topping the bill. He is Blues royalty even without the ermine and we know he will pack the place out and deliver a storming performance.“

Recently short-listed for the title of Best UK Blues Festival after just one year, organisers have attracted a spectacular list of blues talent of local, national and international musicians,

A major highlight will be the popular Women of The Blues night on Sunday, which has been brought back after its huge success last year.

The acts performing are The Revelator, Boneyard, The Ben Poole Band, Paddy Maguire’s Midnight Jam Sessions, Diamond Dac, Idle Hands, Rabbitfoot, Fuschi, Babajack, George Lindsay, Poplar Jake, Binsness Blues Boys, Eastwood Station, Bare Bones Boogie Band, Stuart James Band, Bonnie Mac Blues Band, Steamhouse, Todd Sharpville, Mitch Laddie, 844s, Something Blue, Lewis Hamilton and The Boogie Brothers, Angelo Palladino, Rhythm Zoo, Dave Arcari, Russ Tippins, Tom Attah, Lucy Zirins, Fran McGillvray, Crosscut Saw,

Monitor, Hooson, Booba Dust, Bridgewater, Cherry Lee Mewis, and Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner.

The two main venues will be The Hebden Picture House, New Road, and b@rplace on Crown Street. However, other venues include: the White Swan on Bridge Gate, Marshall’s Bar on Carlton Street, Nelson’s Bar on Crown Street, Moyles and the Shoulder of Mutton on Bridge Gate.

Some gigs will be free and a special “Howlin’ Fox” beer is being provided by The Slightly Foxed Brewing Company.

For more information and festival ticket, visit www.yorkshirebluesfestival.co.uk