13th – Rock Island Line 65th anniversary, Cadogan Hall, London, with Billy Bragg and Van Morrison
Two of our supporters are on tour: bandleader Chris Barber has dates including 7th April at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley in London, and John Mayall appears at Ronnie Scott’s 16th-18th April (sold out)
20th – Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion – details here
28 – Ben Poole Band, Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst London – see www.feenstra.co.uk
7-9 Blues-rich Secret Widget Festival takes place on the Isle of Wight
21-22 – Ealing Blues Festival
28-30th – Maryport Blues Festival, Cumbria.
British Blues Exhibition display at Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey.
7th-9th – Beer R & B festival, Devon.
25th-29th – Aberjazz Festival, Wales
19-21st – Old Bush Blues Festival, Worcestershire.
15th-17th – Upton Blues Festival, Worcestershire.
16-19th – Blues on the Farm, West Sussex.
12th – British Blues Exhibition Live music night 2 ‘Transatlantic Blues’, feat. Laura Holland, Sister Cookie, and the Right Reverend Swifty LeZarre – tickets here.
16th-17th – HRH Blues, Sheffield, Yorkshire.
5th – The Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and remains open until 4th September, website here
18th-20th – Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
13th-15th – Tenth Tenby Blues Festival – congratulations on your 10th anniversary from the British Blues Exhibition
7th-8th – Prudential Blues Fest, 02 London
24th – ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, a special tribute concert celebrating the life and music of Jack Bruce at London Roundhouse in aid of Jack’s favourite charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The event, which takes place one year after Jack’s passing, will be musically directed by Nitin Sawhney and feature a host of special guests including Ginger Baker, Joss Stone, Ian Anderson, Phil Manzanera, Vernon Reid, Mark King, Liam Bailey, Fiona Bevan and Jack Bruce’s Big Blues Band.
26th – A Celebration of Women in Blues: A Tribute to Jo Ann Kelly – at The Ship Theatre, Sevenoaks, Kent. The travelling ‘Suitcase’ version of the British Blues Exhibition will be present.
3rd – The British Blues Exhibition’s Briefcase Full of Blues display appears at the Boisdale Canary Wharf in London on a night when Mike Vernon and the Mighty Combo are playing. The Patron of Music at the venue is Jools Holland. Story here.
30th-31st – The British Blues Exhibition appears for two days at The British Stage at the Great British R & B Festival in Colne. Story here.
24th-26th – White Cliffs Blues Festival, Dover, Kent. Details here.
1st – A Special Tribute To BB King, with Ben Waters, Bill Wyman, Elliott Randall & Friends. The Strand Pizza Express, London. Details here.
27th –Debut ‘Suitcase’ version of the British Blues Exhibition (2-5pm) at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival in Kent with Katie Bradley, herself a noted British Blues harmonica player and vocalist, and the talented Dave Ferra. The venue is The Anchor. The exhibition’s content will be leaning towards the women of British Blues. More on Facebook here.
15th – Lead Belly Fest, Royal Albert Hall, London
22nd-24th – Reivers Rock and Blues Festival in Northumberland. A new festival
20th-22nd – Broadstairs Blues Bash, Kent – see www.broadstairsbluesbash.com
21st – Mothers Music Club, Birmingham, Reunion – see www.facebook.com/events/771710992895285/. Features a psychedelic lights display from 2pm courtesy of psychedelicatessen