2nd Jazz & Blues Festival sees plenty of sunshine and large crowds

Following a wet and windy start on Friday, the 2nd Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival recovered nicely with three days of sunshine and warm temperatures over the bank holiday weekend.
The packed programme of live jazz and good weather attracted large crowds to enjoy lazy afternoons relaxing on the grassy banks of Jubilee Gardens, whilst being entertained by (amongst others) The Broombusters, the Fabulous Boogie Boys and Dave O´Higgins.
The stage in Mell Square also provided a vibrant hub of entertainment in the town centre with live performances from The Dixie Ticklers, The Lamours and The Jiveaholics. Festival fans made the most of their stay with drinks in the sun provided by pop-up bars from both Metro Bar & Grill and O´Neills.
Another highlight of the festival was the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday morning. More than 70 representatives from Solihull businesses really got into the spirit of the weekend and participants dressed up for the event which saw the hour long procession pass through the town centre and Touchwood Centre.
Festival Director Shirley Sturzaker said ´After the weather of recent weeks, we were really happy to wake up on Saturday
to warm sunshine. This brought in the large crowds we had hoped for and thousands of locals were able to really enjoy their bank holiday weekend and a vast programme of free entertainment. We are lucky in Solihull to have the support of our local businesses, without whom we would not be able to stage such events and as a result bring more people into the town.´
The Solihull Festival programme for 2013 is made up of four festivals, all staged by Solihull BID (Business Improvement District). The season launched in April with the town´s first comedy festival, Lolihull. Next in store is Dance Live in July followed by the food festival The Big Taste in October.

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For more information on all the festivals visit www.solihullfestivals.co.uk.



In October 2013, Big Bear Records and Management are set to celebrate 45 years in business.

Big Bear Records, probably the longest-established independent recording company in the UK are planning a series of events and projects to celebrate the milestone.

Prominent among which is the Photography Heritage Project, scanning and restoring the archive of music photographs dating from the 1960s. The vast majority of this collection, of over 2000 film negatives, have never been digitised and it is planned to do that over the twelve months from October with a view to properly publishing this unique collection of photographs taken by Jim Simpson.

To launch the project, a first selection of negatives has been digitised and will be exhibited as The Big Bear Collection of Photographs in Solihull Arts Complex from May 24th to June 10th.

The subject matter includes The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, the first ever photographs of The Move and The Moody Blues, Chuck Berry, Marianne Faithfull, Spencer Davis Group, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker and more.

The photographs were taken during the mid-1960s, in Birmingham on a 2 ¼ square Mamiyaflex C3 camera.

Pearl Handled Revolver






Pearl Handled Revolver

This Mountain Waits

UK Release date- 7th May 2013

Label-King Mojo Records

 “Creepy, groovy and utterly infectious.” 

Classic Rock magazine

One year on from the release of their critically acclaimed debut album COLOSSUS, Pearl Handled Revolver retour with the eagerly awaited follow-up entitled THIS MOUNTAIN WAITS.

Starting life as a hard hitting blues rock band, the Bedfordshire based five piece have evolved and broadened their palette to produce a second album that is wilder, more exploratory and captures the essence of their exhilarating, psychedelic live performances. As esteemed webzine Rocktopia said of PHR “There is something

satisfyingly British about ‘Colossus’, the debut album from the Bedford based

blues-rock five piece Pearl Handled Revolver. It’s an album that basks in the glory of the late 60’s and early 70’s when British bands like The Animals, Cream, Free, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple ruled the world and I can hear elements of these artists woven into the relaxed but hard hitting, psychedelic blues of Pearl Handled Revolver.

There’s no studio trickery, no bull, just five supremely talented guys in a room creating music from the heart. It makes you wish that all albums could be made this way doesn’t it?” That superb quote says it all, I hope you will enjoy the aural masterpiece that is, THIS MOUNTAN WAITS.


“The vocals are probably what hit me first. It’s a very strong album indeed.”

Jon Seymour – TBFM Radio


“Ferocious, stabbing organ solos, which would have the young Jon Lord sitting up and taking notice, luminous guitars pushing out insistent, compulsive riffs and some truly feral blues harp can be found in abundance. Powerplay

For more information please visit www.pearlhandledrevolver.co.uk

2013 British Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations are in for the 2013 British Jazz Awards. An important feature of the British Jazz Calendar, the 27th edition of the awards will as always recognise some of the best talent that the jazz scene in this country has to offer.

 The only national awards to be decided by public vote, this year’s nominees will be vying for a place at the Award Winner’s presentation and performance as part of the kind of top draw lineup you rarely see these days – except, that is, at the British Jazz Awards.

2013 British Jazz Awards nominations

Big music giveaway

We have some great blues cd’s to give away. Over the next few weeks listeners will have the chance to get hold of some blues music.

Keep listening to Blues Radio UK for info.