Sunderland blues festival launches in style

Blues band 'Snake Oil' playing at a Blues Festival at The Dun Cow, High Street West, Sunderland, on Saturday
Blues band 'Snake Oil' playing at a Blues Festival at The Dun Cow, High Street West, Sunderland, on Saturday
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Bands jammed for more than 10 hours at a Sunderland pub at the city’s first ever blues festival.

 Groups from across the North East performed at the Dun Cow, in the city centre’s High Street West, as part of the fun on Saturday. Among those to play were Snake Oil, award-winning Sunderland guitarist Trevor Sewell and Lindisfarne’s Steve Daggett.

Organiser George Shovlin hailed the event as a massive success and says he is hopeful it will become a fixture on Sunderland’s entertainments calendar.

“We’ve had blues festivals before but at The Ropery in Deptford and places like that,” said George.

“This is the first proper Sunderland blues festival and the place has been full.

“Split Festival isn’t on this year and so this hasn’t been difficult to organise. We’ve had loads of support from local musicians who all have extraordinary talent.”