Dart Music Festival – Who’s For Blues..?

With a plethora of Brilliant Blues on offer this year, we think you’ll be spoilt for choice….

We’re delighted to welcome Hucklebuck with Ian Briggs. Playing a mix of American west-coast blues, R&B and rockabilly, Hucklebuck draw on both original and lesser known compositions in a unique harmonica-led style.

Ian Briggs is one of the UK’s best blues harmonica players, and is pushing musical boundaries as he uses his chromatic harp to create a big band sound.

Ian has played with many blues greats in his career, including Savoy Brown, Michael Roach, and the legendary Yardbirds in the 60’s (alongside Eric Clapton).

Alongside Ian B is Ian Jennings, one of the UK’s finest double bassists, who has worked with Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler, Tom Jones and Mick Fleetwood, among many others. Fellow band members are guitar maestro Andy Knight and drum wizard Richard Glazebrook.

Together, the four create sheer musical magic!



CATFISH – Make sure you catch this band…

Catfish’s debut album ‘So Many Roads’ went straight to no. 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts on its release in January 2015.

Within their first year, they were nominated twice as finalists in the British Blues Awards 2015, the band in the Emerging Artist category and Paul Long for keyboards.

They played several major blues festivals during 2015 including the Great British R&B Festival in Colne – one of the largest blues festivals in the country – and Bluesfest at the 02 – one of the biggest in Europe!.

As well as several well known blues clubs, they have played at two iconic music venues, the 100 Club in Oxford Street and the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham following in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Moody Blues and The Animals, amongst many others.

Info: http://www.catfishbluesband.co.uk/home.html

Follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecatfishbluesband/?ref=ts&fref=ts


sugar bandTHE SUGAR BAND

Chris Thomas, Jeff Glover,  Niek Thomsen, Chris Chudley and Rob Hunt make up The Sugar Band – an all new Blues Band from Devon. Playing a mix of classic blues, original blues compositions and some cracking versions of blues standards.

We think you will LOVE them..!


If you’ve seen The Primitive Noise Band live and witnessed Becky Brine singing her heart out for all she’s worth, you’ll realise this isn’t just another “newcomer” band on the scene.

This is a scorching collaboration between some of the UK’s firebrands of Blues, Rock ’n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Jazz. The band effortlessly takes the coolest fundamental elements of American roots music, to produce their very own perfectly blended original tunes with a raw vintage edge.

They released their self-penned debut album ‘Ghosts’ in the spring of 2016, causing an underground tremor which continues to build and spread. On the opening title track Becky sings “I’m running baby, I’m running fast, I’ve got to outlaw all of these Ghosts from my past”.



The lyrics are a fitting analogy for the five band members. Whilst they’ve collectively toured in over 30 countries, appeared at some of the most prestigious roots clubs and festivals in the World, recorded and played live with artists such as Jeff Beck, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood, Tom Jones and Eric Clapton, they’re still hungry to keep moving forward, creating something fresh and ultimately, still buzzing about the music they love.


The Primitive Noise Band have been touring, spreading the word and winning fans since 2013 with their explosive live show.

They serve up a no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll baptism, aimed at converting non-believers with an “all-killer” set of tunes delivered with humour, grit and irresistible grooves. Becky has been described as “A white Devonshire Lass whose voice is black, soulful gold” (The Birmingham Metro).

They learnt and mastered their trade the old way. As founder members of U.K. rhythm & blues legends The Big Town Playboys and The Nightporters they got out there and did it, touring relentlessly, over 200 shows a year, every year. One day playing a dive, lucky to get out alive, the next playing The Royal Albert Hall and everything in between, all this for the love of the music and the thrill of the show.

Nothing has changed, and if you get a chance to catch The Primitive Noise Band when they’re in town, you’ll become a believer too.

Becky Brine – vocals, Martin Vowles – guitar, James Harris – sax, Ian Jennings – bass, ​Kevin Crowe – drums

Info: http://www.primitivenoiseband.com/

Follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrimitiveNoiseBand/info/?tab=page_info




13th, 14th & 15th May 2016