Sometimes the planets align, and this weekend we’ll see just that, as Albert introduces two new acts to his Shed, The Troy Redfern Band and The Big Sets. Both acts are sheer class, playing the best in raucous modern blues music, and so here we have it. The first Shrewsbury Blues Festival.
Friday 6th July
The Troy Redfern Band
Troy Redfern will be playing the Shrewsbury Blues Festival on Friday 6th July.
Hailing from the Welsh marches, Troy Redfern is something of an enigma. He writes blues songs which combine the rawness of Hound Dog Taylor, open songwriting of Sonny Sharrock, forwardness of Johnny Winter and the technique of Dave Hole, mixed with the ghost of Elmore James’.
Troy Redfern is the perfect musician to open the Shrewsbury Blues Festival world. He’s a passionate & intense indie blues artist whose slide guitar style twists and turns timeless themes and ideas. Expect ferocious slide playing with a contemporary style that references delta blues roots.
Sat 7th June
The Big Sets at the Shrewsbury Blues Festival
No one truly knows where The Big Sets come from or how they ended up in Cornwall. But we’re mighty pleased they’re playing the Shrewsbury Blues Festival this weekend.
Some say they sold their souls to the surf at the same cross roads Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil. Others believe they are simple troubadours content with busking and surfing by day then playing and drinking by night.
Sometimes a four piece, sometimes a five piece and sometimes a six piece complete with saxophone The Big Sets are having a big impact on the UK blues scene. Their live shows are a riotous assembly combined with intricate riffs and licks, solid back beat complemented by deep down and dirty vocals.