Stan’s the man for returning Doncaster music festival

Stan Webb is playing Doncaster Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival.

Stan Webb is playing Doncaster Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival.

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Stars of blues, rhythm and rock are ready to take the stage with the return of the Doncaster Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival.

The festival – which is returning for the fifth time – will take place at the Dome, Doncaster, this Sunday, February 28.

A spokesman for festival promoter Solid Entertainments said: “To celebrate the fifth year of this festival in Doncaster, we wanted to present a line-up that showcases the quality of live music in the UK and enmesh renowned, well established artists, with a diverse array of up and coming talent.

“We think we have achieved this, and with the legendary Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack headlining, plus five other top class acts, this will definitely be a festival to remember and one not to miss.”

Acts due to perform are Mick Simpson, Southbourn, The Rainbreakers, Rebecca Downes, The Brew and Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack.

Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack

The spokesman said: “Stan’s blistering guitar style matched with a huge stage presence have made Chicken Shack a firm favourite of rock and blues fans everywhere.

“Since those heady days of the late ’60s a further 15 albums have been released, together with numerous compilations, proving that Stan really is ‘the man’.

“Stan Webb and Chicken Shack show no signs of slowing down, continually touring the UK and Europe to packed houses and rave reviews.

“In 1997, Stan received the Blue Heart Award for services to blues in Germany.

“The previous recipient had been BB King – a glowing testament to Stan and his ongoing love of playing the blues.

“Throughout a distinguished career, Stan has played and recorded with the best, including Stevie Wonder, Howling Wolf, Taj Mahal, Peter Green and Canned Heat, whom he joined on guitar for a UK tour following the departure of the band’s guitarist.”

The Brew

The spokesman said: “One of the finest, most creative and energetically enthused trios from the UK, who have evolved to become one of Europe’s most prominent rock bands.”

The Rainbreakers

The spokesman said: “While recalling elements of their predecessors, the band has a clear foothold within the sounds of their own generation and strive to craft a melting pot of musicianship.”

Rebecca Downes

The spokesman said: “Drawing influences from Blues, Soul, Jazz and Rock, her passion for music comes from a deep belief in the power and authenticity of live music and a love for what she does.”

Southbound

The spokesman said: “Realising a common bond and the love of the blues and Southern rock, and influenced by the likes of Clapton, Hendrix, Peter Green, Allman Brothers and Muddy Waters.”

Mick Simpson

The spokesman said: “Mick is the unsung hero of UK Blues.

“Initially coming to public notice when playing with Elkie Brooks in the 1980s, his playing became highly recognised and he was in demand, writing music which was featured in several Hollywood movies.”

Doncaster Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival will take place at the Dome, Doncaster, this Sunday, February 28, from 2pm to 10pm.

Stage times are: Mick Simpson 2pm, Southbound 3.15pm, The Rainbreakers 4.35pm, Rebecca Downes 5.55pm, The Brew 7.15pm and Stan Webb from 8.45pm to the close at 10pm.

For tickets, priced £23 in advance, visit www.doncasterbluesfestival.co.uk or call 01472 349222.

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