Blues supremo lined up for Ely
The first blues musician we booked for the 2018 festival is the redoubtable and very talented Johnny Dickinson. Following a serious illness, Northumberland-born slide-guitarist/singer/songwriter Johnny is now back doing what he does best. Â His deft balance of folk and blues is underpinned by his shimmering slide-guitar work and a full-ranged vocal dexterity. The guitar-style is the product of years of poring over the works of country-blues originals like Blind Willie Johnson, Fred McDowell, Tampa Red, Robert Johnson and so on. Blending a long-time affinity with the music of highland pipe-bands Johnny has been able to fashion a Celtic-blues hybrid. Blues, indisputably, is at the very core of his work. We’re thrilled to host Johnny at Ely this year.
Booked so far for the 2018 festival (subject to contract)
Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Jamie Smith's Mabon
Anthony John Clarke
The Black Feathers
Alden Patterson and Dashwood