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Saturday 27th September and Sunday 28th September 2014

Barking Spider Music - who brought you The Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival from 2001 to 2011 -are proud to present THE SOUTHSEA FOLK, ROOTS & BLUES WEEKEND, and putting together a weekend of old favourites and headliners from  Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festivals, including AYNSLEY LISTER BAND, AMY WADGE, ROBIN BIBI, STOMPIN’ DAVE ALLEN, RON TRUEMAN-BORDER and many, many more… 

It’s being held at The N.B.E.S.C.A Club - affectionately known as The Dockyard Club - in Onslow Road, Southsea, PO5 2NH. It’s a great venue with drinks at social club prices, and is the home of The Bullfrog Blues Club, who hold  top class gigs there on the first Thursday of every month.   

Doors open for the afternoon sessions at 12.30 p.m. and the music continues until 6 p.m. Doors open for the evening sessions at  8 p.m.- but no need to go home - there are acoustic sessions in the member’s bar between the afternoon and evening sets at no extra cost. 

Tickets are £15 per session, BUT if you buy an evening ticket you can buy an afternoon ticket for just £10, so as no tickets are required for the acoustic sessions in the member’s bar between the afternoon and evening sets you can easily make a day of it!   

Here’s the line ups..

Folk & Roots afternoon, Saturday 27th September… Doors open at 1230 p.m. 

A new band formed by  Denis Reeve-Baker from Reet Petite & Gone, who headlined an afternoon at the last Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festivals in 2011. Den also appeared at the 2001 Festival in a another band he’s formed called Worker’s Playtime. Expect a wonderful set of original songs with a haunting accompaniment of saxophone, clarinet, guitar and bass guitar. 

Featuring Sandy Walker on vocals and Andy Broad on guitar. A fine set of Pentangle style jazz tinged folk performances are promised. Walker Broad played Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival in 2011, but Andy is pretty much a fixture on the Southsea music scene - he  played at every Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival! 

These much loved top celtic psychedelic rockers, signed to Talking Elephant label (their new album is just out!) will present a rare acoustic set. The band and  regulars at Fairport Convention’s  Cropredy Fringe Festival and have played Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festivals in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009 -and  always went down an absolute storm!

One of the most prolific and talented songwriters around  -and a great headliner! Ron’s played at  Southsea Folk Roots and Blues Festival in 2001, and opened for Ralph McTell at the 2002 Festival and The Oyster Band in 2003. He also appeared at the Festival in 2006. Ron also supported American blues maestro Kelly Joe Phelps at The Isle Of Wight Folk Blues and Roots Festival in 2004. 

After the afternoon session, there’s free admission to the member’s bar for sets by two more artistes. The music starts at 5.40.p.m. end ends at 8 p.m, when the evening session starts in the main concert area…...

Another Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival favourite, who  appeared 2006 and 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 will be fingerpicking acoustic guitar, singing some  great folk tinged songs and telling crap jokes in his own inimitable style. 

A new face, Ben will be performing his own quirky original songs plus a few very different takes on a couple of cover versions. Definitely one to watch! 

At 8 p.m the doors open for the evening session...

Our opening act has been described as “One of the world’s greatest performers” by Maverick Magazine,  Stompin’ Dave plays American roots music including old-time, bluegrass, blues, vintage country, folk, etc. Dave sings, plays guitar, five-string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, piano and flatfoot dances often whilst simultaneously playing an instrument and singing. Apart from many appearances at Southsea Folk Roots & Blues Festival 2007, 2008 - and supporting Ade Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Dave has also appeared at Glastonbury Festival, Cork Folk Festival, and many others. Dave was winner of the FOAOTMAD old-time banjo competition in 2011 and 2013.

Amy Wadge supported  Ezio at the 2004 Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival, and was such a sensation she returned the following year in the headline spot. Also in 2004 Amy  toured with Jeff Beck on his entire U.K tour, which included two nights at The Royal Albert Hall and one night at our very own Portsmouth Guildhall. She also  headlined Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival in 2008 and supported headliner Martyn Joseph in 2009!  Apart from Jeff Beck, she’s also opened for Lenny Kravitz and Van Morrison - and The Sterophonics actually opened for her!
Apart from writing songs for herself, Amy's been active in collaborating with Ed Sheeran, who  in  2010 released an E.P. “Songs I Wrote With Amy”. This year her profile - and Ed’s - is at an all time high,  as  Sheeran's  2014 album "X" (pronounced ‘multiply’) featured another collaboration  with Amy -  "Thinking Out Loud". Ed Sheeran performed the song  at this years’ Glastonbury Festival, after which it reached number two in the U.K singles charts and has now gone silver! 
This is the first time Amy will have played for Barking Spider with her duo partner, 
Pete Riley. In l996 Pete and his band Treehouse played gigs in  Los Angeles which  landed themselves a record deal with Atlantic records, who released their debut album "Nobody's Monkey" in 1997.  They continued touring America until 2000 opening for many major US artistes, before splitting up  at the end of 2001 after a final tour opening for The Cranberries in the UK. 
Pete then embarked on a solo acoustic UK tour, releasing of his first solo album "After The Parade", before returning  to the USA to open for the American multi -platinum selling artist Edwin McCain, and later joining his band. Pete co-wrote three successful albums with Edwin.
Since then Pete has been working  a number of high profile performers, including Narada Michael Walden, Henry Priestman (of The Christians), Deadmono and most recently Amy Wadge. 

Blues  Afternoon, Sunday  28th September… Doors open at 1230 p.m. 

The Jellyrollers play an eclectic mix of good times blues, drawing on material covering a timespan of over 60 years. They played Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival as Apicella in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and in 2008 as a duo (Sue Apicella and Paul Horton)  and as The Jellyrollers in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. With the emphasis on great tunes and grooves, "The Jellys" always get your feet tapping, or even moving for a bit of a boogie!  Sue Apicella''s captivating voice draws on a wide range, reminiscent of Bessie Smith. Guitarist Paul Horton plays with a unique rhythmic style, capturing the essence of the songs with ease. Pete the Gnome  is an accomplished Jews Harp player with an impeccable record. He also shares percussion duties. Harmonica player, Trev  Thwaites  weaves a wide range of styles throughout. He occasionally adds some percussion and mandolin at times.  The Jellyrollers love the songs they play, and hope that you will too.

Dave (NOT to be confused with Stompin‘ Dave!) & Denis were integral members of Reet Petite and Gone, Portsmouth’s top acoustic band in the 1990s, who played festivals all over the country including  Glastonbury, the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Bury Blues Festival. They played the Southsea Folk Roots and Blues Festival in 2007 (as a trio) and in 2011 as the full four piece band. After breaking up in the late 90's, they reformed in 2001 when Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald asked them to be his U.K tour backing band. They then promptly retired again, and reformed sporadically - but have (allegedly!) just  retired permanently. Look forward to  a fine set of Reet Petite and Gone style songs  performed  by their singer/washboard player and guitarist!

Latemouth Blake is the pure vintage blues alter ego of Stompin’ Dave Allen, who has appeared at many specialist blues festivals such as Ealing Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival, The Boogaloo Blues Festival - and also Southsea Folk Roots and Blues Festival, both with his blues band  Stompin’ Dave’s Electric Band and also a duo with Dave Saunders, his old band-mate from The Producers (winners of the  UK Blues Band of the Year award 1998-2001). Although Dave mainly performs solo he does from time to time perform as a duo with a variety of friends and with various bands including his own band Stompin Dave's Blues 3, which features award winning drummer Sam Kelly and top UK rock ‘n’ roll artist Earl Jackson. Latemouth Blake is a new concept from  a true all round master of all genres he cares to take on! “Blues Matters“ magazine wrote "His style is mesmerising and infectious and he ought to be booked at every festival going" whilst “Blues In The South” magazine said "Dave's spectacular talent leaves us less talented people open mouthed in amazement." 

A great favourite at the Bullfrog Blues Club, Robin Bibi is one of the U.K.’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E. King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro. 
Robin, who appeared solo at Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival in 2005, will be headlining,  playing another virtuoso solo set, where blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in Robin's exciting and spontaneous playing
Robin is one of the busiest artists on the Southern music venue circuit, festivals and has played most of the major blues festivals in the UK, Ireland, and Europe. Robin has also played successful shows in Atlanta, Alabama and Muscle Shoals.

After the afternoon session, there’s free admission to the member’s bar for sets by two more artistes - one still to be confirmed. . The music starts at 5.40.p.m. end ends at 8 p.m, when the evening session starts in the main concert area…..

Zach Blues is an exceptionally talented young blues guitarist and singer. He’s opened for blues legends such as Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges and Mud Morganfield, (Muddy Water’s son) and Michael Messer. Don’t miss his set!

                  At 8 p.m the doors open for the evening session... 
Andy, who opens the evening,  appeared at every one of the Southsea Folk Roots and Blues Festivals , and is justifiably known as Portsmouth’s very own “king of the blues”. Taking inspiration from the great delta players such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, he combines their raw syncopation with the likes of  Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf,  and the modern song writing approach of  “the new breed” such as Robert Cray. Vocally,  Andy can produce anything from a deep emotive growl to a high melodic falsetto. The solo context is also where Andy's slide guitar comes to the fore. His impressive technique enables him to craft his own self penned material as well as rearrange the songs of others in ways that make them completely his own. 

The Aynsley Lister Band  played Southsea Folk, Roots and Blues Festival in 2002,  2004, and 2011, and  is a yearly visitor to The Bullfrog Blues Club, where he was  the first ever performer, way back in 2001. His first solo album “Supakev & Pilchards” was recorded at The Bullfrog Blues Club
Aynsley’s  earliest recordings were the  two albums “Messin' With The Kid” (1996) and “Pay Attention! “(1997). Three self penned numbers on the second album led to a record deal with Ruf Records in 1998, who recorded his first major album, “Aynsley Lister”, featuring a guest appearance from Walter Trout.  The album led to a European tour and working with some of the top current blues players.
Aynsley was the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock’s  2007 "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists"; alongside The White Stripes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Jon  Spencer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, John Mayer. The Black Keys and The North Mississippi Allstars.  Illustrious company indeed!
Aynsley’s opened  for artists such as Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and John Mayall and now headlines major festivals in Europe. He has twice played the Heitere Open Air Festival in Switzerland to 12,000 people and in 2006 he played the main stage at The Bayfront Blues Festival in Minnesota, U.S.A. Later that year he was invited to sit in with Delbert McClinton at The Pinedale Blues Festival in Wyoming, where Delbert kept Lister on stage for the whole second half of his show. In May 2009, Lister played to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd on their UK  tour, performed a headline slot at Glastonbury in 2010 and during the same year, shared the stage with ZZ Top at the Skånevik Blues Festival in Norway. 

Tickets  are available online: you prefer, you can buy them In person from Street Level Music, Albert Road, Southsea. (near Waverly Road/Albert Road traffic lights) - cash only please! 
Also tickets available on the door -subject to availability.
All events take place at The Dockyard Club, Onslow Road, Southsea, PO5 2NH