NBZ, Martin Harley Band and more...
On Thursday evening we'll have a line-up of local and regional acts on the Frontier Stage and a whole new experience for the Folk Stage, but right now we're announcing the line up for the blues special on the Lake Stage - the new name for our main stage.
Headlining are Nine Below Zero (see below) who were brilliantly received at GTSF 2018.
Also - the UK blues maestro, Martin Harley with his band, and the Italian duo Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernardi, who were originally booked for 2020.
Nine Below Zero started life in South London in 1977, in the midst of the punk rock boom in England -- but their sound and inspiration were so totally counterintuitive to what was going on in punk, taking inspiration instead from classic Chicago blues. This launched them on a career path that would see them become one of the most popular British Rhythm and Blues acts of the time.
Nine Below Zero
Since playing here in 2018 they've released a new studio album, Avalanche, to critical acclaim, and post-pandemic they arrived back with a bang and a storming set at Whickham Festival in 2021. They're playing with full 8-piece line-up, including trumpet, saxophone, keys and Charlie Austin's female vocals, to create an exciting new Big Band sound.
Martin Harley has been making music and touring the world for over two decades, exploring roots, blues and slide guitar in a style The Guardian referred to as ‘Spellbinding’, He's released eight albums to date, four recorded on home soil and four across the Atlantic in Texas and Nashville.
“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – Guitarist Magazine
Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi should have played here in 2020, and it's taken few years for our schedules to align, but they'll be kicking things off on the Lake Stage on Thursday.
Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi
They play country blues, ragtime, hokum, jug band music and rural music from the 1920s and 1930s. An irresistible blend of blues, ragtime, vaudeville and hillbilly music, played using strictly acoustic instruments such as ukulele, washboard, kazoo, double bass and guitars.
Early Bird tickets are still available - but strictly limited - see here for tickets.
More announcements coming soon!
Bye for now,
The GTSF Team