Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival

Photo: Tom Principato and Powerhouse; and 2011 poster.
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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Carlisle, Cumbria, England UK
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Festival Description

This superb blues festival, with all the music under one roof, has built its reputation on the high quality of its line up. The festival celebrated its inaugural edition in 2006. By 2010 The Carlisle Blues Festival was runner-up for Best Festival, British Blues Awards. The 2010 festival was one of the finalists from 6 nominations for the prestigious award — an incredible achievement for the relatively new event.

Festival Dates November 8 - 10, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • Andy Fairweather Low and the Lowriders (UK)
  • Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods (USA/UK)
  • Larry McCray (USA)
  • Martin Turners Wishbone Ash (USA)
  • Grainne Duffy (UK/USA)
  • Lisa Mills (USA)
  • Mick Ralph’s Blues Band (USA)
  • Jon Amor Blues Group (USA)
  • Paul Cox Band (USA)
  • Geoff Achison (USA)
  • Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band (UK/USA)
  • Mike Bowden & John Williamson (USA)
  • Cherry Lee Mewis (USA)
  • Groove-A-Matics (UK)
  • Tommy Allen & Jonny Hewitt (UK)
Artist feature 2012:
  • Larry McCray (USA)
    • Larry McCray is a truly gifted musician from Arkansas, part of the USA Southern blues-belt. He is one of a handful of talented young blues performers that have faithfully led the genre across musical boundaries and into the new the century. The McCray style of blues is broadly appealing as his bold, brawny, often dazzling guitar lines are matched with confident, soul-drenched vocals; it’s that appeal that has drawn attention worldwide. He is undoubtedly up there with the very best bluesmen alive today. The opportunity to see this guy up close and intimate in 2012 is a ‘MUST NOT MISS’!! he Larry McCray Band comprises of Steve McCray-Drums and Vocals, Stanley Gilbert-Bass and Shawn MacDonald-Keyboard.


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Practical Info:

  • The Swallow Hilltop Hotel
    London Road
    Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2NS
  • Order online at or via the Box Office at or at +44 01228 409795. You can also find out more about weekend ticket packages with accommodations on the festival web site.


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