This year the Festival is dedicating the Friday Night to Rock and Blues….Joe Greens Blues Explosion are sending waves through the local music scene, and the guys will be joining us to share their love of the Blues!
These guys are not to be missed, and if you have not seen them before then you really should catch them this year at the Festival!
I had chance to catch up with Joe Green and put a few questions to him…….
This is your first year performing at the festival. And you are part of the Friday night Rock and Blues stage. What are you looking forward too?
We can’t wait to get up there and share our love of Blues and Rock with everyone. At all our shows it always amazes us what a great response we get. We do it because we love it. The fact that the audience do as well is overwhelming!
So tell us a bit more about Joe Greens Blues Explosion?
This band is all about playing great music. Whether its covers or originals it does not matter, it’s all about making something great! I (Joe) started this band with an open mind on the lineup. While the main group of people usually stays the same from gig to gig, if someone can’t make a show or we want to add something new, I’ve collected together a group of musicians who can provide that. Sometimes we’ll even have guest vocalists or we’ll play a tailored hard rock set to suit the venue. Anything goes really, and hopefully the fans look forward to seeing what we’ll do next rather than becoming predictable.
The festival’s ethos is to nurture and promote local performing arts in many forms. How important is it that children and adults alike are exposed to live, local music and the arts?
As a child I (Joe) was exposed to live music of all sorts, Blues/Rock/Folk/Classical, whatever was going out there. I think that helped shape my future to get here now. Everyone should be exposed to the arts so that they can make up their own mind which bits they like. It’s all so subjective. I often get older people saying “I wish I’d learnt to play guitar when I was younger…” I always tell them that it’s never too late! Even at 14 I’d be considered a late starter in guitar but it’s all about doing what you want and what you enjoy, whether that’s guitar, poetry or even a little ballet!
This is the Festival’s 11th year! As a local band do you feel it is important to have this kind of event available to our local community?
Without a doubt it’s these kinds of events that keep our culture alive! This might be our first time here but I know it won’t be our last. I always find at festivals that people take the opportunity to be who they really want to be. People you’d see suited and booted during the week suddenly have short sleeves and tattoos and chains and piercings. I think people should always be themselves like that, so these events are a great chance for those people to express what they feel they can’t the rest of the time.
Finally, what can we expect from your performance at this year’s festival?
I think this year we’ll be looking to show just how wide-ranging our musical influences are. So you can expect Blues, Rock, Metal, Folk, ferocious guitar solos and a lot of hair flailing around! It’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotions on stage and we hope that you’ll all join us to celebrate the wonder that is live music!
You can find out more about Joe Greene’s Blues Explosion on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/joegreensbluesexplosion/?fref=ts