Blues night for Knutsford Festival
A blues night will be rocking Brook Street Club for the second year running as part of Knutsford Music Festival.
Mat Walklate and Tom Attah will be headlining the Knutsford Town Council show as a duo at the live entertainment and community venue on Friday, June 22.
Last year’s sold out blues night at Brook Street Club with Rebecca Downes became one of the festival highlights for many.
Living in Manchester and strongly influenced by its Afro-Caribbean community, Mat Walklate is one of the UK’s most accomplished blues harmonica-players who also possesses a rich, soulful baritone.
He is also part of another duo, Walklate and Fuschi, who released their debut album, Kicking Up The Dust, in 2016 which was recorded live with no overdubs in just four and a half hours.
Tom Attah is a soulful performer of new and original acoustic blues material. Taking audiences on a journey right through the eras, Tom’s live shows are described as a journey from the Delta to the age of the download.
Mat and Tom will be supported by The Gritstone Clays and Ashley Sherlock, who is returning for the second year.
The Gritstone Clays are a three-piece acoustic band who play a mix of blues, folk, rock and Americana with a twist. Formed in Congleton in 2016, the band juggle two guitars, mandolin and harmonica so expect something a bit different.
Ashley, influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Hozier, will be showcasing new music he recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.
After several years and hundreds of gigs performing as a solo artist, Ashley, who has worked with Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses, Simply Red) has now formed a full band. Their unique blend of music incorporates gritty blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a
jazz/funk-inspired rhythm section.
Steve Power, from Brook Street Club, said: “At Brook St Club we really enjoyed the inaugural 2017 Knutsford Music Festival and the benefits it brought to the town and the club.”
“We’re really excited to be part of the 2018 festival which already shows the promise to build on last year’s success.”
Sarah Morgan, Deputy Town Clerk for Knutsford Town Council added: “The blues event at last year’s festival was one of the highlights and big successes of the first event.”
“We’re delighted to bring it back for 2018 with a diverse line-up of acclaimed artists. We’re confident it will be just as good if not better – and unlike anything else you’ll hear on the festival bill.”
Tickets for the event cost £11 with child and carer concessions available. On sale now from http://www.knutsfordmusicfestival.com/