Ashburton Blues Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Ashburton, Devon, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Michael Cranmer, Promoter

Festival Description

The blues festival features national and international acts on a small and intimate main stage that offers a club atmosphere. The indoor venue allows for the festival to go on rain or shine. The venue offers local food and beverages at the Blues Bar and Cafe. In addition to the main stage there are fringe performances in and around town. For exact locations check with the festival’s web site.

Festival Dates May 23 - 25, 2014
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Artist feature 2011:
  • Tipitina (UK)
    Performance — Friday, May 27, 2011, 8:00pm - 9:30pm
    • Tipitina are a young jazz/blues trio performing their own versions of all styles of music from boogie woogie through to modern chart songs with extensive use of 3-part vocal harmonies. They are led by Debbie Jones (vocals/acoustic guitar/piano) with Justin Randall (piano/vocals) and Gary Barber (drums/vocals). They play all over the UK, most recently performing 6 concerts at the 2006 Starbucks Birmingham International Jazz Festival, the highlight being a support slot with George Melly and Dibgy Fairweather. Tipitina were formed in 2005 by classically trained pianist Justin, who began his career in James O’Hara’s Detonators as a boogie woogie player touring all over Europe in his formative years as well as appearing on Radio 2’s Paul Jones show and recording a CD with blues label Indigo Records. Also a specialist in the New Orleans piano blues tradition of Professor Longhair and Dr John, he was billed as the next Jools Holland and has since extended his playing style into jazz. Justin teamed up with Debbie in 2004 to work on various projects. Debbie’s great passions are for jazz and gospel music. She sang with the ‘Cotton Club’ big band and still sings with the One Voice and Urban Voice choirs who recently featured on ‘The Best Gospel Album in the World Ever’ cd. She has performed at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and appeared on Granada TV. She also keeps the rhythm going on acoustic guitar and enjoys jumping on piano for a few numbers. Drummer Gary Barber completed the trio in 2005 after spending 10 years on the busy London circuit involved with jazz/soul acts, musicals, recording sessions and recently a gospel orchestra as well as previously touring the US.
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