The Wrotham Arms Blues and Roots Club, in association with The Devonhurst Guest House, were proud to present our tribute to and celebration of Broadstairs Blues Bash - a weekend of Blues music online with a star-studded line-up who are coming together to make something out of the weekend we could have had!

We hope you enjoyed our weekend of amazing music! Please rremember that you can support all of the artists using the links in the listings below and also help future Broadstairs Blues Bash events by visiting and buying some merch!

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Festival Schedule

19:00 Welcome Nigel Feist and The Frank welcome you to the inaugural Blues And Roots Club live stream.
19:15 Robin Bibi Robin Bibi is delighted to open up the Wrotham Arms virtual blues and roots festival . The Robin Bibi Band are regulars at Broadstairs Blues Bash and it’s an integral part of their annual festival calendar! We’re sorry the festival can’t take place in person this year but very happy that the virtual festival is taking place with a stellar lineup! We’d like to thank all involved in putting it on and special thanks to Jackie Lawson at the Wrotham Arms! Robin Bibi and his band have been stalwarts of the UK live blues scene for over 20 years and have released more than a dozen albums . They’ve played nearly all the major blues festivals in the UK and have toured in Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the USA . They are equally at home electric or acoustic and are looking forward to taking their music forward later in the year with a bigger band featuring horns .
20:30 Mike Ross Mike Ross - described as ’soaked in soul’ & ‘burnt in blues’ - is well known to the Broadstairs Blues Bash crowd and will be paying his respects to the BBB tradition by presenting a red hot exclusive preview of tracks from his forthcoming release The Tennessee Transition’, a companion work to his last two solo albums the The Clovis Limit Pt’s 1 & 2 duology. Expect superb songwriting, sanctified singing and screaming slide from this master of the form…
21:00 Greg Coulson Hi, I’m Greg Coulson. I’m a Musician. From an early age both my parents had always encouraged me to have a career in a music so here I am. In 2010 I joined the two tone band The Selecter. I was 19. After a while, I got fed up and decided to leave. I worked with a few bands and artists after that including Dani Wilde and Alice Jemima. I was then cast in Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined (The Original London Cast Recording). During this time, I met and worked with Burt - a very cool man. The show finished and I started producing on my own music. I released my album What's New?. It was was voted IBBA presenters pick and received good reviews. I sold a bunch of CD’s and was also voted BBC introducing artist of the week. following that, I released a cover of Britney Spear's, Toxic. I joined Spiritualized and toured with them for two years. I was also asked to play for The Blockheads. Did I mention I was a huge fan of Ian Dury? January 2020 I built a studio with my friend in the centre of Northampton. The pandemic hit and I saw it as an opportunity to focus on recording a brand new album. All gigs had been cancelled and I’d like to think I made the most out of it. On June 23rd 2020 my Wife gave birth to our son, Samuel Coulson. We now live in a lovely terrace house in Earls Barton. Me and Sam are currently listening to Keith Jarrett and Steely Dan. That brings me up to date. If you like the music I produce, give me a follow, a like, a share, a play or whatever…
22:00 Hooson Maguire Hooson Maguire is a powerhouse four-piece outfit hailing from across Yorkshire. Fronted by the electric voice of Jenna Hooson Maguire with Paddy Maguire on radical six string duties. Jamie Mallender (bass) & Tim Gillespie (drums) complete this powerful band, delivering their blend of blues, soul, rock and all in between. Hooson Maguire's eclectic twist of modern based blues varies from the tender and sweet to the out and out dirty. Expect originals, covers, interpretations and the odd jam (depending on who Paddy spots in the audience). Hooson Maguire has had the pleasure to play stages across the UK, Europe and the US. Their inclusive, ever changing shows keep audiences coming back again and again.
15:00 Welcome Welcome back for our second day of music.
15:15 Dave Ferra Dave Ferra plays acoustic blues and was nominated in 2018 and 2020 in the UK Blues awards. Hi Album Lies and Gin made it to number 1 in the IBBA chart. "acoustic bluesman with a positive flair and grasp of the tradition" - Iain Patience,
16:00 Yoka and Big Ray Yoka & Big Ray perform original songs and classy covers. Yoka is a versatile singer who moves with ease between jazz, soul, country and blues rock. A performance by this husband and wife duo is always an experience; in between the friendly banter you might get caught off guard wiping away a tear or two before finding yourself singing along to an all time classic.
16:45 Miles and Phillipa Cookman Brother and Sister Miles & Phillipa have been making music apart and together for over twenty years. Miles has sung and played guitar in such bands as Rubber Biscuit, Shuzbutt, Kellys Heros and most recently The Miles Cookman Band, while Phillipa cut her teeth in various bands around the South West before settling into a successful solo career. She has recently released her first solo album ‘Cookman’ which is a collection of songs written by the pairs late father, Brian ...just don’t ask if they’re twins.
17:30 Katy Hurt Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact. Her 2019 single Revved Up prompted Roland Monger, Music Blogger, to say “Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your door step.” Maverick magazine gave Unfinished Business, Katy Hurt’s self-released EP which produced the Top 20 hit singles “Revved Up” and “Unfinished Business”, a 5 star review, noting “incredible vocals, slick guitar work, excellent rhythm and – most importantly - superb songs” with “raw talent seeping through each track”. Steeped in country roots, but never one to simply yield to the traditional Nashville sound, Katy stretches the country music genre in exciting new directions. 2019 saw Katy perform in excess of 150 shows across two sold out UK Tours, as well as international dates in Canada, the US and the Caribbean. Including shows supporting Liam Gallagher and the Bellamy Brothers demonstrating her quality and versatility.
18:00 Jimmy C Jimmy C is widely known for performing blues and rock&roll gigs in many London clubs and pubs, also touring Greece, France, Canada, Russia and Germany nearly every year. He's famous for his energy on stage and big smile which keeps the audience entertained while mixing up original pieces with covers.
18:30 Phil Woollett (John Doe Trio) Phil Woollett is the frontman of “John Doe Trio”: one of the Britain’s most exciting home-grown acts. Their commitment to high quality musicianship really make them stand out from the crowd. They released their critically acclaimed, award-winning 2 nd album last year, “Railroaded”, with Blues in Britain describing it as “A Blockbuster of an Album”, and Blues Matters calling it “Superb”.
19:15 Interlude
19:30 Troy Redfern Troy Redfern is the explosive tornado of a slide guitarist/singer songwriter from the Welsh borders. Having blazed trails across mainstages in Europe, Scandinavian and Russia, and with numerous critically acclaimed albums under his belt,you can always guaranteed Troy will deliver his own brand of blues rock with true authenticity, honesty and passion!
20:00 Keith Kenny Keith Kenny is a one-man rock band from NJ, USA and tours the UK every October. His new album “Lifetime Ago Motel” will be available on all streaming platforms April 2nd, 2021. Pre-Order the album now at
21:00 Black Market III Rip Cat Recording Artists Black Market III cross over many musical lines. Hailing from Southern California, their music infuses traditional Blues with Roots Rock, Latin, and straight ahead Rock. BMIII has kept a non-stop schedule of recording and touring since their formation in 2011, electrifying audiences throughout 12 countries with their diversity and originality.
21:45 Elles Bailey 2020 started with a bang for the super-smoky-voiced Elles Bailey when “Little Piece of Heaven” picked up ‘UK Song of the Year’ at the UK Americana Awards. It’s taken from her chart topping album ‘Road I Call Home’ which was awarded ‘Album of the Year’ at the UK Blues Awards, has gained over 3.4 million streams since its release and reached No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart. Elles’ also picked up the high accolade of ‘Artist of the Year’ at the UK Blues Awards. Despite the global pandemic Elles has kept up her profile by doing many live streams, dropping a critically acclaimed, award nominated live acoustic album 'Ain't Nothing But', raising money for charities and campaigning for Women in Music and picking up another 3 nominations in the UK Blues Awards 2021 including Artist of the Year again (awards in May 2021). She will be releasing a brand new studio record in Sept 2021 & if restrictions lift - touring shall begin again in October, November & December after joining Joe Bonamassa on his Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Cruise.
22:15 Matt Long (Catfish) International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. They have been nominated in five categories in the UK Blues Awards 2021. In the UK Blues Awards of May 2020, they were named Band of the Year and Matt Long the guitarist was named Blues Instrumentalist of the Year. In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene. They now tour regularly in Europe.
15:00 Katie Bradley & Pete Farrugia Kent vocalist, blues harpist and songwriter Katie Bradley came into the spotlight with her 2012 iTunes Blues hit “I Hear The River” which received a nomination for Best original song in the British Blues Awards, and which came from her debut album “She’s Ready”. Katie continues to ascend celebrating a highly acclaimed career supporting and collaborating with artists across the world such as Luther Allison, Suzanne Vega, Lucky Peterson, Taildragger, Georgie Fame, and Geno Washington to mention a few. In 2015, Katie completed a 22 date UK Tour with US Blues Guitar ace Kirk Fletcher (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Bonamassa, Muddy Wolf Band and more). From the South London Blues Delta comes guitarist and songwriter Pete Farrugia another name on the European roots music scene. Pete also plays with London’s black rose of the blues Sister Cookie as well as Chad Strentz & The Chad-illacs. Pete’s music career began in the 1980s with pioneering futurist electronica band The Fast Set, together with recording sessions for Danielle Dax and The Third Eye. Returning to rootsier music in the 1990s, Pete was a member of Shout Sister Shout! and Mo’Indigo.
15:30 Marcus Bonfanti Marcus Bonfanti is an award-winning Rhythm & Blues musician from London. In 2013 he became the singer and guitarist with Legendary British Rock & Roll band Ten Years After. He also fronts The Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion at their monthly residency now into its twelfth year at the prestigious London venue. A twice winner of the British Blues Award for Best Acoustic Performer and Best Songwriter as well as countless nominations in other categories, Bonfanti has toured the world with many artists and released 3 critically acclaimed albums under his own name. Marcus writes, "If you feel like you want to donate any money in my direction for this set, please instead donate to a charity of your choosing or buy yourself that thing you say that you can't really afford but would make you really happy."
16:00 When Rivers Meet Since bursting on to the UK Blues scene with their debut record ‘The Uprising EP’ in April 2019 followed by their second EP ‘Innocence Of Youth’ in May 2020, Grace and Aaron have been going from strength to strength. The British husband and wife duo have an ever-growing online fan base and have gained the attention of Cerys Matthews’ The Blues Show on BBC Radio 2. Their unique harmonic vocal-led approach to song writing, dirty electric guitar, slide resonator mandolin and fiddle create a unique distinctive and contemporary blues rock sound that echoes 1970s classic rock with hints of the 1930s blues that inspire them. Before lockdown, the duo toured the UK in their self-converted VW camper with an impressive tour schedule. Since the lockdown, the duo live stream on Facebook every Saturday at 8pm GMT for their ‘Rock The Lockdown’ series attracting hundreds of thousands of views.
16:30 Trevor Babajack Steger Founder member and co-song writer of the Multi-award winning band ‘Babajack’ brought him to the forefront of the British Blues scene where he has been nominated numerous times for Best Harmonica Player, along with Best Album and Song in the British Blues Awards. Trevor lives on his narrow boat, performing his own brand of and Bare Blues and Rural Roots, drawing from his love of early blues, punk and world music. Using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is both exciting and real. His first Solo album, Sawdust Man, received amazing reviews with Radio play in the UK and across The USA, Canada and on BBC Radio 2. The second Solo Album, ‘The Solemn Truth and Barefaced Lies’ nominated for Best Album by Blues and Roots Radio and had intensive Radio play across England and Worldwide. Nominated by the British Blues Awards in 2020 and 2021 for Best Acoustic Act.
17:00 Kingsize Slim Heavyweight Acoustics that shout loud and kiss sweet. Toby has toured his sound throughout Europe, the UK, the Far and Middle East over the last 15 years. Some-how he has managed to perform at every Broadstairs Blues Bash so far. In these crazy times todays' performance will not be live from Broadstairs but from the KING SIZE SLIM Kitchen in the Old Town of Hastings. You can catch KING SIZE SLIM 'In the Kitchen' every Monday , Wednesday and Friday at
17:45 Alice Armstrong Alice Armstrong is a powerhouse blues & soul singer-songwriter and lead singer of Crossfire blues band. Known for her wide vocal range, enigmatic delivery and unprecedented love for chips, Alice recently received multiple nominations in the 2021 UK Blues Awards, including Emerging Blues Artist of the Year. Alice's critically praised album written with the Stevie Watts Organ Trio, 'Mission to the Moon', was one of the most played albums by the IBBA in 2020. This weekend Alice will be sharing pre-recorded performances, discussing her influences and interacting in live chat.
18:30 Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke Fran McGillivray ( vocals & bass guitar ) and Mike Burke (guitars, & vocals) are an exciting and compelling duo with  a strong following on the blues and roots music scene. Fran and Mike have spent many years honing their craft and have developed a unique take on roots music and an amazing empathy on stage. Fran and Mike’s own vibrant and original songs are complemented by soulful, dynamic and powerful interpretations of songs from a broad range of genres from Americana through to Country and Blues. Fran & Mike have recorded four CDs, and the latest is entitled “Midnight Call”.
19:00 Ben Mills Following on from the early lockdown gigs Ben put on back in April live from his lounge to raise much needed funds for the musicians union coronavirus hardship fund when Ben raised over £2000 for musicians facing financial difficulties and his string of completely sold out shows at his favorite local “live at the Wrotham with Tony Rico” Ben will be performing solo back in his lounge at his trusty old grand piano. Please feel free to request your favorite numbers! This could be a real rare treat for people who’d like a short break from the traditional blues as although Ben’s voice lends itself fondly towards those bluesy tones he don’t play whole lotta blues!