Blues & Booze In The Bury Sat 13 June 2009 This event 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 acoustic blues. The line up is: Robin Bibi Band National Steel Kindablu Bob Long Martin Wood Robin Bibi Band Robin Bibi is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in 1996. The Band’s debut album ‘Blue Thrash Therapy’ was released a year later and quickly sold out leading to a recent re-release. Five albums on, Robin’s acoustic album ‘Fast Life Songs’ has also received critical acclaim and continues to sell well. Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band's own feel-good concoction. Because of its widely known reputation with a highly entertaining stage presentation, the Robin Bibi Band is now one of the busiest bands round the Southern music venue circuit and has played most of the major Blues festivals in the UK, Ireland, and Europe .It's exuberant passionate, dynamic, exciting and fun! This is music played straight from the heart, it will move your head, your heart and of course your feet! More information at National Steel This duo combines the outstanding slide guitar and finger-picking talents of Lewis Cohen and Stuart 'Marshcat' Cumberpatch to re-create the masterpieces of the golden age of acoustic blues. The duo play a stunning collection of the vintage guitars featured on so many 78 rpm records. If there's anything which sounds better than the blues played on a vintage National guitar, it's the blues played on two of them! This is a great opportunity to hear the authentic sounds of the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta in the 1920s and 1930s. More information at Kindablu This trio comprises Stu Weetman, his prodigal son, Tom and Neil Warren. Stu Weetman has been playing the Blues for 45 years now, and has forgotten more songs than he has ever remembered. A multi-instrumentalist, Stu is equally happy on banjo, guitar, bones, or mandolin. He is particularly fond of Bo Carter, Beer, and Balti . Tom is a highly accomplished guitarist who lists Bireli Lagrene, Burning Spear and Brakspears as his influences Neil Warren wasn't even born when Stu started playing Blues, but the lad is a quick learner, and is now one of the finest Blues harmonica players in the country. He sometimes plays in towns, too. He is fond of Pizza, Rod Piazza, and Pale Ale. Together they play everything from Delta Blues to Swing, and usually manage to finish at the same time. 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. Jointly with Keith Miller, he has recently released a new album “ I Wonder To Myself”. More information at Martin Wood What's your idea of good music? If it starts with Muddy Waters, Willie Johnson, Furry Lewis & Blind Lemon, and runs through to JJ Cale, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, take a listen to Martin Wood. Playing acoustic blues on guitar, slide guitar and mandolin, he updates the old classics, takes more modern songs back to the Delta and chucks in some of his own tunes in the same style for good measure .More info. at www.