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Cafe Rene’s Rhythm & Blues Festival has become a key event during the summer in Gloucester.

The popular bar and restaurant have unveiled their lineup for this year’s festival with Band Of Friends booked to close the festival on Sunday 31st July.

The Band Of Friends is a celebration of Rory Gallagher’s music.

Rory’s legendary rock and blues was popular around the world throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. Gerry McAvoy played on every album Rory ever made, and Ted McKenna played with Rory for over 20 years. Along with Marcel Scherpenzeel (who Gerry describes as the closest guitarist to Rory that you will ever hear), they keep the music of Rory Gallagher alive.

Cafe Rene Rhythm & Blues Festival Line Up:

Mon 25th July – Innes Sibun – 9:30pm

Guitar virtuoso Innes Sibun and his all-rocking band deliver an electrifying mix of blues and rock. Innes is recognised as a word-class guitarist who has extensive international tours and TV performances to his credit.

Tues 26th July – Debbie Bond – 9:30pm

Blues singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years. Her singing has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur.  

Weds 27th July – Lewis Creaven – 9:30pm

Formed in Bristol with some of the best musical talent around, the Lewis Creaven band have gained a reputation as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, thanks to their non-stop gigging schedule and widespread popularity. The live show features classics from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Robben Ford, Lenny Kravitz, Bad Company and many others, all done in a unique style and finesse. The band also write original material. Members Patrick Farrell and Lewis Creaven regularly gig with The Tailgaters.

Thurs 28th July – Mike Sanchez – 9:30pm

Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the world today, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano.

Mike has spent the last four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, fronting the band since 2001 alongside Georgie Fame, Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie Floyd on their annual world tours.

Friday 29th July – Funke and The Two Tone Baby – 7:30pm

Kent-based mechanical alt-blues band ‘Funke & the Two Tone Baby’ is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Dan Turnbull.

Described as creating ‘new, exciting and innovative music’ (R2 Magazine), in two years Funke has gone from pub gigs in Margate to performing 300+ shows and festivals across the UK and Europe.

Combining effects pedals, beatboxing and grooving bass lines with traditional instrumentation, powerful vocals and relentless energy that provides tracks with a ‘distinctive and contemporary twist’ and gets people ‘grooving like an apoplectic orang-utan’ (Sound of Confusion).

Friday 29th July – Mike Hoddinott’s Blues Allstars – 9pm

The Mike Hoddinott Blues Allstars consists of well-known session musicians from both the local and national blues circuit: Pete Gage, vocals and harmonica, has fronted the legendary Doctor Feelgood touring the UK and Europe and also had a successful career with his own band. Richie Blake, bass guitar, is a well-respected musician both with local and national acts. Paul Hartshorn, guitar, and Roger Sanson, Hammond organ, are also much in demand session musicians. The band will be performing classic and also more obscure blues tunes from Robben Ford to Albert King.

Saturday 30th July – Festival All-Dayer

2pm – Four Dead Crows

3:13pm – Doug Macleod

Doug MacLeod is rightly acknowledged as a torchbearer of the acoustic blues. The man from St Louis, Missouri, is one of the last remaining bluesmen who learned from the old masters. He is highly respected for his superb song-writing, and several of his songs have been covered by many artistes including Albert King, Albert Collins and Coco Montoya.

4:30pm – Victoria Klewin and The True Tones

Bridging the gap between old and new with effortless sophistication and style, Victoria Klewin & The TrueTones are a 7 piece band from Bristol, UK. Playing a heady blend of soul, blues and jazz with both sparkling originals and re-styled covers, this authentic outfit are winning hearts wherever they go. Bringing back a slice of the golden age!

5:45pm – Swamp Candy

7pm – Red Butler

A four piece blues / rock, female fronted band from Brighton.

8:15pm – Solid Gone

9:15pm – TBC

Sunday 31st July – Festival Finale

2pm – Will Edmunds Band

3:15pm – Luke Doherty Band

Luke Doherty is a young blues guitarist who is rapidly making a name for himself on the blues scene, having been gigging since the age of 12 in various blues clubs around the country.

4:30pm – Swamp Grass

6:00pm – Glas

7:30pm – The Della Grants

9:00pm – Band Of Friends

Cafe Rene’s 14th Rhythm and Blues Festival runs from 25th July to 31st July 2016. You can keep up-to-date via the festival website.

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