The Edinburgh Blues 'N' Rock Festival will return on Saturday 22 September with an all new line up in 2018.
The headliners for the 2018 festival are Ten Years After and Dana Fuchs.
Ten Years After are back together by popular demand on their 50th anniversary and touring behind a new album released last summer. Their now legendary encore, I’m Going Home performed at The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in August 1969, was captured on film and exposed their jazz, blues, rock amalgam to a large audience who were blown away by the intensity of the band’s performance when the Academy Award winning documentary was released. Their ten-minute appearance in the film is an acknowledged highlight and established Ten Years After a place in rock history.
From 1968 to 1975 constant touring, playing important musical events like The Newport Jazz Festival, The Miami Pop Festival, The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, The Toronto Peace Festival and huge venues like The Albert Hall London, Madison Square Gardens, NY and The Budokan, Tokyo, exposed the band’s music to a global audience. It is estimated that they performed to in excess of 75,000 new fans a week. Almost four million people a year, not counting those who saw the band in the Woodstock film. Between 1967 and 1974, Ten Years After recorded and released ten multi-million selling albums.
Sadly, Alvin Lee decided to go solo in 1975 and the group ceased touring and recording. However, there has always been a demand for Ten Years After and, over the following twenty-plus years, there were to be three short-lived attempts at reformation and one new studio record, About Time. Each time, Alvin quit to return to his solo career. Veteran bass player Colin Hodgkinson and singer/guitarist Marcus Bonfanti were joined the band in 2014. They are recreating the music, energy and excitement they’ve been known for over the past four decades. Ten Years After plays most of their classics, but it is not an oldies band riding around on past successes. It has taken up the reins and is riding into the future!
Dana Fuchs is a phenomenon, a singer whose mesmerizing voice and presence has led critics to compare her to Rock Legends from Janis to Jagger. Fittingly, she appeared in the off-Broadway production, Love, Janis. The multi-talented singer- songwriter stars as, Sadie, in one of the most talked-about cult films, Across The Universe, where she has a major presence both in the film, and on the soundtrack. Perhaps Stereophile Magazine said it best, “Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin, backed by a higher energy version of the late 60’s Rolling Stones…Rock n’ Roll doesn’t get any better.” Dana is currently embarking on her Ready To Rise world tour in support of her forthcoming new album, Love Lives On. She and her band have been wowing audiences worldwide for over a decade with her fiery, soulful singing.