Erja Lyytinen

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Top Secret Blues Festival 2019

Excellent festival with a great line up.


Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen appearing at this event

Erja Lyytinen is Finland's Queen of the slide guitar. She's a blues artist who doesn't limit herself to the blues, being a songwriter, storyteller & performer who transcend the genre's clichés. The blues, in Erja's hands, sounds honest, fresh and hip. She plays the blues, but mixes it with elements of jazz, folk and even pop.

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Henrik Freischlader Band

Henrik Freischlader Band appearing at this event

Henrik is a stunning rock blues guitarist who has been hailed as the new Joe Bonamassa. Inspired by guitarists such as Gary Moore, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Robben Ford, Henrik forged his own blues rock style. He's opened for BB King, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Jethro Tull, etc. and developed his own style to the point that he's a star in Europe.

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Wille & The Bandits

Wille & The Bandits appearing at this event

The band are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock, using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece. Although difficult to pigeon hole, Wille and the Bandits are taking roots rock music to a new level. Wille and the Bandits are renowned for their diverse songwriting and often likened to the greats of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pink Floyd, this comparison, although bold, only scrapes the surface of the Bands influences and sound.

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Kaz Hawkins

Kaz Hawkins appearing at this event

Multi-award winning Kaz Hawkins from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Underground for years as a secret songwriter, Kaz Hawkins is now established as one the biggest performers to come out of Northern Ireland. Locally called "a vocal force" on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer who is much-loved for her deep, powerful voice, original songwriting and down to earth attitude. Using her music to tackle mental health issues like suicide, depression, domestic violence and more, Kaz believes she is on a mental health musical mission.

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Martin Harley

Martin Harley appearing at this event

Martin Harley is a singer/songwriter whose music draws on influences from old time blues and folk to world music to make a sound that feels so familiar you think you've grown up with it. Songs about living in cars, worn out shoes, love lost and found and meandering around the world are constant themes in Martin's music. His approach to playing slide guitar across his lap and his skillful finger style playing are the cornerstone of the music along with his whiskey soaked vocals.

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Will Wilde

Brother of blues-soul singer Dani Wilde and a mean harmonica player.

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Johnny Dickinson

Johnny Dickinson appearing at this event

Johnny is an outstanding blues and folk slide guitarist and founder member of blues legends Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes. Now performing as a solo artist, he is proving himself to be a worthy songwriter and magical live performer.

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Dean Owens

Dean Owens appearing at this event

Singer/songwriter with a crystalline voice and a sound that meshes country rock with acoustic ballads combining elements of Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt. Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Armed with a searingly soulful voice and a neat line in memorable heart-twisting melodies, Dean filters his love of Americana through a gritty yet lyrical Scottish sensibility. A compelling and engaging live performer, with an innate ability to connect with any audience.

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Marcus Bonfanti

Marcus Bonfanti appearing at this event

The London-born Blues guitarist was born and raised in a tiny flat to an English mother and an Italian father. Despite picking up the guitar for the first time at the age of 16 and being a self-taught guitarist he has already packed in plenty having worked as a sideman for artists such as PP Arnold, Joe Lewis Walker, The Selecter, Jimmy Carl Black, Hamish Stewart, Paddy Milner, Earl Thomas, and Findlay Brown. Bonfanti is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting acts on the UK live circuit with a fierce show either solo (his 3 piece band features Scott Wiber (Bass) and Alex Reeves (Drums)) or with band (he also plays in the highly acclaimed rock band Saint Jude).

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Kyla Brox Band

Kyla Brox Band appearing at this event

As the daughter of bluesman Victor Brox, Kyla was surely born to sing the blues. Kyla's stunning and strikingly powerful voice is matched by a band of uniquely talented musicians. Hailing from Greater Manchester, The Kyla Brox Band quickly shot to prominence wowing audiences worldwide with passionate performances. Their repertoire is drawn from classic R&B songs and their own compositions.

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Aynsley Lister

Aynsley Lister appearing at this event

'Reckoned by many pundits to be one of the most exciting guitarists since Clapton at his peak. Aynsley has youth, good looks, outrageous amounts of talent and a record deal to boot.' - Kite Club Influenced from an early age by the 60s RnB era, Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach. He was the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock's Top 10 Contemporary Blues Rock Artists.

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Matt Woosey

Matt Woosey appearing at this event

Matt Woosey's refreshing songwriting and playing style has acoustic, roots-based music at its heart but is not limited to a particular genre. His self-penned songs are conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery which has gained him praise from sources such as Paul Jones (BBC2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and a variety of respected publications in the UK and around the globe.

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Sam Kelly's Station House

Sam Kelly's Station House appearing at this event

Sam Kelly's Station House is a "groove" band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat to name but a few. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk. With three 'lead' singers supported by percussionist and internationally acclaimed drummer, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in blues.

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Tom Attah

Tom Attah appearing at this event

Tom is the modern, living acoustic bluesman.

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Mat Walklate

Mat Walklate appearing at this event

All Ireland harmonica champion and no slouch on the whistle, either! Lively mix of blues and Irish.

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The Revolutionaires

The Revolutionaires appearing at this event

Fifties swing and rock'n'roll direct from Newcastle. The band that just wants to make you dance! Even if you can't dance you just gotta tap yer feet.

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Jess Gardham

Jess has shared a stage with such international stars as KT Tunstall, Kathryn Williams and Tony Joe White. In February 2008 she won a place on the BBC New Talent songwriting masterclass.

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Angelo Palladino

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Gus Munro

Gus Munro appearing at this event

One of the hidden gems in Scotland’s thriving music scene, Gus Munro is a singer songwriter who is starting to create waves in his hometown of Glasgow. His song writing manages to retain the feel and emotional expression of the deep-rooted blues, while pushing through his Scottish roots in a modern context. The emotional depth of his song writing and soft, melodic tone of his voice often display a real sense of vulnerability. He is an artist who is not afraid to show his emotions. Nor is he afraid to sing in his natural voice and shuns the temptation of the often-used "American" singing voice.

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George Shovlin

George Shovlin appearing at this event

'George Shovlin and the Radars' re-formed in February 2014, after previously performing as 'The George Shovlin Band'. The band consists of previous band members George Shovlin (vocals, guitar), George Lamb (lead guitar), Stu Burlison (bass guitar) as well as drummer Kev Scott, who has replaced original drummer Ian Hamilton. As the 'George Shovlin Band', they supported Canned Heat, John Mayhall, Savoy Brown, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, the original Blues Brothers band, and earlier, as a solo performer, George Shovlin supported blues originals Dave 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Doc Ross, Cousin Joe Pleasant, George 'GP' Jackson and Eddie 'Guitar' Burns. The pedigree of the band is too great to be included here but is substantial. North East-based blues band. Profile Pic by John Finlayson.

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George Lamb

George Lamb appearing at this event

BBC 6music presenter, DJ and comedian.

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Also Appearing

Southbound, Dali & The Darce, John Carroll, Steve 'Pablo' Jones

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