Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival organisers have announced the full line up and released the programme for their Easter 2019 spectacle.
The 2019 line up includes the welcome return of Martin Turner, ex-Wishbone Ash bass player, on Thursday night.
Friday sees local performers The Tom Seals Band in the Crown Hotel Ballroom and legendary Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden take to the stage at Nantwich Civic Hall.
Jim Kirkpatrick will joining Bernie, and will also be playing in Saturday’s ‘Blues Triple Bill’ with The Chris Bevington Organisation. They will be followed by Rebecca Downes and Robbie McIntosh.
Chris (of The Chris Bevington Organisation) helped launch the new programme, along with organisers and commented: “We are delighted to be playing the festival this year.
“We will be bringing the full 9-piece band to Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday 20th April.
“The band line-up includes the talents of Jim Kirkpatrick, Scott Ralph, Sarah Miller, Kate Robertson and Chris Aldridge to name a few.”
Jim added: “It’s always a pleasure to play at my hometown festival and I’ve been fortunate to be part of it since its inception.
“It’s great to see the town so busy and to see the enthusiasm for live music in an age of digital entertainment.”
The Nantwich Jazz, Blue & Music Festival – now in its 23rd year – was founded in 1996 by Phillip Martin, who sadly passed away in 2017.
Philip’s daughter, Abbigail, took up the reigns at last year’s event, though this year’s will be the first without any involvement from Phillip.
Abbigail, along with her husband Alex and fellow organiser Steve Barnes, has been determined to keep the festival moving forward and to expand the venues and music choices.
The festival is due to draw a crowd of over 40,000 visitors.
Abbigail commented: “This is the first year that we haven’t had the musical expertise of my dad, Phillip Martin, to turn to, but we hope that we have done him proud with this fantastic line-up.
“We’re also very proud to be supporting The Christie Charitable Trust as our chosen charity this year.
“It is a testament to last year’s success that we have seen two new venues wanting to take part.”
Abbigail added: “Our announcement in January that Cast will be headlining on Sunday has caused a real buzz, and it’s great to see so many other amazing artists join as headliners for the rest of the weekend.”