Festival “Blues & Booze In The Bury” Sat 25 June 2011


This event, now in its fifth year, combines a blues festival, a real ale festival and a family fun day, raising funds for charities, including The Neurofibromatosis Association (NfA). It is located open-air in The Bury, at the heart of the beautiful old town of Odiham, Hampshire, United Kingdom. The music starts at 12 noon and finishes at 6 pm. Entry is free and there’s plenty of parking. 

As in previous years, the emphasis of this successful event will be on blues, with both acoustic solo artists and bands.  This year’s performers are…. 


Eddie Martin and The Eddie Martin Band

Born in London in the 60's British Blues Boom, Eddie Martin turned professional after being nominated for Best British Blues Guitarist, Band and Album between 1996 and 1998. Since then he has played or recorded with many greats from both sides of the Atlantic, including John Mayall, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal.

His songwriting seamlessly updates blues tradition to the modern world and his solo and band performances fill even hardened blues audiences with new enthusiasm for the expressiveness and power of this genre.

His acoustic style has developed into a percussive blend of traditional blues slide and finger-picking blues styles with flamenco rasguerdo techniques. These he combines with rack harmonica playing and foot percussion in the style of the one-man-blues bands such as Duster Bennett, Joe Hill Louis and Dr Ross.

Most strikingly innovative is the simultaneous rack harmonica and guitar style that he has developed and which caused the International Harmonica Federation to single him out as one of the innovators on the instrument at the World Harmonica Festival in Germany. 

He is riding high after his double nomination in the 2010 British Blues Awards for Best Harmonica Player and Best guitarist and with new reviews calling his album, Folk and Blues, "a quiet little masterpiece.". Eddie Martin has been described as "the most remarkable blues man of his generation" by Blues in Britain. Visit the website http://www.eddiemartin.com/ 


Pete Harris Blues Band

The Southampton-based Pete Harris Blues Band has been together in its current line-up since 2007 and is enjoying an enviable, and growing, reputation on the South Coast and beyond. Featuring Pete on vocals and guitar, Hugh Budden on harmonica, Bob Manley on bass and Steve Groves on drums, they produce an irresistible blend of swing, funk and down-home blues. Pete has performed on stage with many American blues artistes, notably Phil Guy, (brother of Buddy Guy), Lowell Fulson, Tabby Thomas, Gene "Mighty Flea" Connors, Mojo Buford (ex Muddy Waters Band), Byther Smith, Carrie and Lurrie Bell and Jerry McCain. He has appeared on BBC Television and many times on local and national radio.  Visit the website http://www.peteharrisblues.com/home.htm


Adam Franklin

Adam Franklin is a superb exponent of blues and ragtime music from a Golden Age of the legendary recordings of Charley Patton, Son House and Tommy Johnson. With a voice that is both powerful and soulful and equally at home on guitar and resonator ukulele, Adam’s performances are intense, energetic and highly entertaining. Brought up in a family of musicians and entertainers, Adam carries on the tradition with energy and passion. He makes his way through the pre-war American songbook, using his guitar as a band in a box and the floor as a foot-stomping drum kit.

 Adam has shared stages with many international artists including, Catfish Keith, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Steve James, Del Rey, Oli Brown & Toby Walker


Bob Long 

Bob Long is a British blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player specializing in "the old stuff". Most of what he plays is his interpretations of pre-world war II blues, jug band and ragtime material particularly music from the Mississippi Delta where he is a frequent visitor. He has performed at The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, The Tommy Johnson Blues Festival in Crystal Springs and the legendary Ground Zero Blues Club. When at home, Bob hosts a monthly acoustic blues jam in Southampton.  Visit his website www.bobalong.co.uk


Contact Information

Enquiries (music) Bob Long, email long.boblong@gmail.com

Enquiries (admin) Peter Fountain, email PtrFount@aol.com