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The Spitz Festival of Blues can justifiably claim to be the premier blues event in London, and probably the UK. While other festivals seem content to operate in a 'Blues' ghetto, appealing only to the same (ever decreasing) circle of 'aficionados', the Spitz has consistently put on a month's worth of top quality and varied shows which challenge the definition of what blues music can be, balanced with acts that even the most dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists should be able to appreciate. What's more they don't just preach to the converted but attract audiences from outside the blues world helping to maintain a vital, vibrant and lively scene.

This year is no exception and puts the focus squarely on the American Deep South with a series of shows featuring T-Model Ford, Kenny Brown, Robert Belfour, Seasick Steve, The Black Diamond Heavies, Heavy Trash and Scott H Biram. From Australia one of the original punk blues bands The Scientists play and the U.K. is also strongly represented with headlining shows from Wilko Johnson, Holly Golightly and Gallon Drunk.


Ford

The core shows of this year’s festival feature three legendary artists signed to the maverick Mississippi record label Fat Possum. First up is The Tail Dragger from Greenville, Mississippi AKA Mr T-Model Ford. T-Model played a fantastic show at the first Spitz festival in 2005 and rocked the house with a mammoth 3 ½ hour set, this year he closes the festival on Saturday 28th April with his accomplice Lightnin’ Malcolm.


Brown and Belfour

Kenny Brown is Mississippi punk blues royalty; an astonishing artist in his own right, Kenny was  the right hand man, lead guitarist and adopted son of Fat Possum Mack Daddy R.L.Burnside (RIP).

Along with R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour re-defined the blues genre with records released on the maverick Mississippi record label Fat Possum. Unlike the electric driven blues of RL, Junior and T-Model, Robert plays clear and powerful acoustic hill country blues. With most of his contemporary's now passed on, Robert Belfour is one of the last few living authentic acoustic North Mississippi Hill Blues musicians still playing out.


Heavy Trash

Jon Spencer was of course the prime mover in The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and before that Pussy Galore. The JSBX recorded a punk blues landmark record with 'A Ass Pocket of Whiskey' in collaboration with R.L. Burnside and Kenny Brown. With Heavy Trash, Jon teams up with Speedball Baby main man Matt Verta-Ray and throws the spot light on the blues’ Southern hillbilly cousin, rock-a-billy.
 
The Scientists were the original Australian punk blues architects and along with their peers The Gun Club & The Birthday Party wrote the first chapter in the punk blues bible in the early eighties.



Seasick Steve
blew away all contenders with his knock dead performance on Jools Holland’s recent NYE Hootenanny TV show. However, he first visited the UK headlining Not The Same Old Blues Crap's inaugural national UK tour in 2004 and opened last years SFoB. Read our interview with the great man here.


Scott H Biram

The Black Diamond Heavies closed last years festival so it seemed apt that the boys are opening this year’s. Now signed to Alive Records and armed with a block rocking debut release 'Every Damn Time', The Heavies are supported by their spiritual Texan country punk brother Scott H Biram making his SFoB debut.
 
Wilko Johnson is the Godfather of British Punk Blues and fittingly heads up a rock hard U.K. SFoB contingent. The two other headlining U.K. acts make their SFoB debut: White Stripes collaborator and former Headcoatee Holly Golightly and Bad Seed James Johnston’s mighty Gallon Drunk.    
 
 

PROGRAMME
 
Thursday April 5th 2007
Black Diamond Heavies + Scott H Biram
£8 Advance / £10 Door
 
Friday April 6th 2007
Gallon Drunk + Mystery Juice
£8 Advance / £10 Door
 
Saturday April 7th 2007
Wilko Johnson + Dog Breath
£10 Advance / £12.50 Door
 
Friday 13th April 2007-02-13
Heavy Trash + The Jim Jones Revue
£12.50 Advance / £15 Door
 
Thursday April 19th 2007
Holly Golightly + Support (TBC)
£10 Advance/£12.50 Door
 
Friday April 20th 2007
Seasick Steve + Jooks of Kent
£10 Advance / £12.50 Door
 
Saturday April 21st 2007
Kenny Brown + Support (TBC)
£8.50 Advance / £10.50 Door
 
Thursday April 26th 2007
The Scientists + Support (TBC)
£8.00 Advance / £10 Door

Friday April 27th 2007
Robert Belfour + Duke Garwood
£8.50 Advance / £10.50 Door

Saturday April 28th 2007
T-Model Ford & Lightnin’ Malcolm + Support (TBC)
£10.00 Advance / £12.50 Door
 
The Spitz
109 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6BG.
Spitz Box Office: 020 7392 9032
Online Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com