Introducing you to the blues

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TO get music lovers in the mood for Hebden Bridge’s four day Blues Festival at the end of May, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Holme Street, is hosting a “curtain-raiser” gig with four blues bands on Saturday (March 5).

Proceedings start at 8pm with the harmonica-driven Blues Jukes, a rocking five piece band from Keighley.

Next up are local favourites Hooson, whose powerfully energetic live performances of soulful blues stand them out from many of their contemporaries.

Following Hooson, Marcus Bonfanti, will be taking a break from touring to perform his gritty guitar based tunes.

With a style rooted somewhere between Louisiana and Lewisham, Marcus gives a nod to the past while kicking down the door of the future of blues music.

The night will be rounded off by the Paddy Maguire Band who, after playing a short set of their own, will be inviting members of the other bands to join them on stage in an almighty blues jam.

As well as the various musicians performing, the night will also see a short film showcasing snippets of the 50 or so bands who will be playing at the main Hebden Bridge Blues Festival in May,

Paul Brannigan will be spinning some classic blues tunes between acts and there’ll be a raffle where an electric guitar, supplied by locally-based Guitarzone, can be won.

Tickets are now on sale at Muse Music, the Trades Club and Guitarzone in Halifax priced £8.

To find out more about the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, go to