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published 10/07/2016 | mumsymary
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"Blues and Beer in a tent in Tring Herts."

settling down in the beer tent ready to listen to the blues

settling down in the beer tent ready to listen to the blues

The first Tring Blues & Beer Festival took place on the 23rd June till the 26th June in Pound Meadow Tring Hertfordshire. This was Tring carnival weekend. Tring carnival had some day time events in Pound meadow.
The Blues bands would play in the beer tent.

The beer tents free enter before the gig if you wanted beer. Would shut about an hour before the bands were due then you had to pay different prices each day to get into the blues gigs.
I have quoted the prices for each day in the relevant paragraph but I bought a 4 day pass on line ( in advance for £35. In April from the 1st May the price of a 4 day pass was £40. A 3 day pass was £30 in April or £35 from the 1st May. Tickets could also be bought at the Blues Bar on a Gig night.

~ Thursday 23rd June.
The bar opened at 1600 free to go in and buy your beer.

~Performers and price
At 19.30 the band came on and you had to pay £8.00 in advance or £10.00 on the door.
On Thursday night it was Chris Lord's Blues Express, and Moore & Masters.

~ Friday 24th June.
Free bar entry from 12.00, at 1900 you had to pay tickets cost £17.50 in advance, £20. Bands were the Animals & Friends, Billy Walton Band, Red Butler

~Saturday 25th June - free bar entry from 11.00, bands on stage from 19.00 .Gig tickets were £15 in advance, £17.50 on the Bands were Hetman Blues Band & The New York City Horns, :: Krissy Matthews Band, Storm Warning

~ Sunday 26th June - Tent flaps opened at 12.30 The bands were playing early today from 12.30 Tickets cost £10 in advance, £12 on the door The bands New Stompers, Giles Hedley & The Aviators, Mick Clarke Band The event finished at around 5 o'clock.

There were a lot of cask ales available to buy. The bar selling Tring Brewery beer featuring cask ales ( Tring Brewery is a small Brewery founded in 1992 it produces award winning brews.

Food was available to buy each night. On Thursday it was supplied by the Mela an Indian restaurant. The Mela is situated in Aston Clinton only about 3 miles down the hill from Tring
Sorry I did not eat at the festival Friday night but have eaten at the restaurant and know their food to be very good.
On the Friday I did eat at the festival and had a very tasty ham and cheese toastie served from one of these vans that supplies foods at festivals and events. My Toastie was delicious; plenty of filling and very filling went down well with my Side pocket beer.
On Saturday Street food was available from another of those vans which tour festivals and events. I had some sort of chicken chile/curry. Although good I think I preferred my toastie the night before
Sunday I did not attend this day but understand the food was a BBQ. From 12 o'clock

There were tables and chairs set up in the tent to watch the bands from and some standing room at the back of the tent where the entry flap and desk was and where the bar and food outlet was.

~About the Bands,
First you will have to forgive me as I can not remember or do not know the names of the songs that the bands played over the weekend.

~Thursday 23 June.

;; Maxwell Moore & Masters.
As with a lot of musician this trio play in various bands with other Artists
:: Son Maxwell.
The Tring blues house band Shuffle pack playing once a month has Son Maxwell as its front man. Vocals and Harp. Also front man of Storm Warning also in other bands too. He is certainly a good man to have as a front man he has good audience patter and alohas good friendly banter with his band telling them the next one in G/C slow/ country as they have played together so long they just seem to know what is wanted . He gives Accolade to his band when they are doing a solo part and invited the audience to applaud
Son Maxwell has a gravelly blues voice and is very dexterous on the harp.
::: Eddie Masters is a bass guitar man he is the Anchor man keeping a steady Rhythm, Eddie also plays with the Mick Clarke band and the Nigel Bagge Band and plays bass with other bands too.
Eddie is fairly quiet (not his bass) and very steady always watching the other members for cues and really does help to keep the music together.
;; Bob Moore
Bob Moore plays acoustic guitar Moore & Masters. He also plays in Storm Warning alongside Son Maxwell like the others he mixes and matches with other bands too.
:: I thought they played a good set.
Not much room in the tent for dancing but there was a small space at the front for a few people to dance.

~Chris Lord and her Blues Express
Chris Lord and her Blues express is a 5 piece raunchy rhythm and blues offering classic blues, R&B and Blues Rock. It's a jolly sound and the audience were enjoying it. Although Chris has a good voice and the music good there is just something that I do not like about her sets. Sorry I know nothing about the blues express members


~Friday 24th June.
Bands were The Animals & Friends, Billy Walton Band, And Red Butler. A bigger crowd tonight with seats all taken and many people standing at the back do not think many if and more people could have fitted into the tent

;; Red Butler
Alex Butler (guitar) , Charlie Simpson(drums ) Jane Pearce( vocals) Mike Topp( bass) Most of the bands that I see at Tring Blues club have older members Red Butler is a youngish band . In 2015 they won the 2nd UK Blues Challenge in 2016 they will represented the UK in the European Blues Challenge in Italy. Red Butler plays Blues Rock. I enjoyed their concert glad I went

:: Billy Walton Band
This band hails from long beach island Their sound is a combination of hard blues all American old-school rock, blues and soul. There is a solid rhythm support for Billy Walton (– guitars, vocals) from William Paris on bass and John D’Angelo on drums and backing vocals. Sam Sherman is on keyboards. Sean Marks – saxophones. Dan Nissenbaum – Trumpet. A good set

:: The Animals
If you are in your senior years you will recall the Animals from 1964, (I was just ten) their hit song the house of the rising sun and "We Gotta Get out of This Place", They played a big part in the music of this early ear alongside The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, and The Kink
At the Tring blues fest I saw the Animals (and friends) live for the very first time. The band reformed after disputes, some members had sp-lit from them one Steve Rowberry died 2003 John Steel and Mickey Gallagher the 2 original members left are joined by Danny Handley and Scott Whitley.
Watching and listening to the animals and friends at Tring blues festival brought back memories from those early times. A lot of the songs they played were from that era and were played very well. I soon had my foot tapping, head bopping. Considering the age of some of the players they still play a pretty mean riff
If you want to see/hear them they have a pretty full schedule of gigs see!animals-and-friends/ci18

The gig closed at 11pm and I made my wet walk home.


Another packed tent at the Tring blues

::Storm Warning
Storm warning a local band with, Bob Moore guitars, Son Maxwell - vocals and harp ,/ Russ Chaney drums,, Ian Salisbury keyboards, Derek White- bass a very talented Rhythm and Blues group with a bit of jazz, rock playing blues .They play their own original take on covers. They played well and inspired a handful of the audience to dance.

:: Krissy Matthews Band
Wow a young band Krissy only about 24 yrs old, sorry I can not find anything else about the other band members. Krissy vocalist plays guitar a mix of Blues, Rock and Funk; He is lively on stage jumping up and down. A good set appreciated by the audience
Krissy will be playing the Tring blues bar on the 18th August so I shall get to see him again if we have not gone away on holiday.

::Hitman Blues Band & The New York City Horns.
Well a blues band from the US playing Bass, keys drums, sax trombone and trumpet, Some slow soul blues and some livelier tunes too. This band had a good rapport with the audience and a few more people dancing the night away.
Another good night in the Blues tent in Pound Meadow Tring. Finishing again at 11pm
So I walk home and did not attend the event on Sunday because I was going away.
Sunday the bar opened and the bands were playing from 12.30 and by 5 pm the bands the New Stompers, Giles Hedley & the Aviators, Mick Clarke Band would finish.

The end of an excellent weekend of Blues music All proceeds from the festival went to The Pepper Foundation ( which funds hospice at home palliative care for life-limited children and young people in the Chiltern's and Hertfordshire..
£8000 was raised.

Thanks to John Stack, the Blues bar Tring, Tring Brewery Company, and Tring, Tring Together for organising this event. I hope this festival is the first of many

See for info about other events sat the Tring Blues bar Tring Blues bar first opened in November 2012 and is becoming a popular club in Tring with good quality music ... and beer :-)

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  • Secre published 19/08/2016
    Apologies, I'm on catch up...
  • frankiecesca published 28/07/2016
    Great write up x
  • Dentolux published 26/07/2016
    Terrific write up.
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