Beat the Blues as the Bowness Bay Blues Weekend returns

Bowness Bay Blues has announced an exciting programme for their weekend festival from the 12th – 14th of  April.

From its humble beginnings in 2012, Bowness Bay Blues has grown to be a flagship of all that is good about blues music. It’s a charity based weekend set in the heart of the Lake District and the Rotary Club of Windermere is proud to have established this popular event which is spread over three days with live music across 10 venues in Bowness.


Paul Harkness, President of the Rotary Club of Windermere said: “We are delighted to announce such a varied and rich programme of music at Bowness Bay Blues.  The event is a highlight of the blues music calendar in the UK and is a huge draw for visitors to the area. We couldn’t do it without the support of key local businesses and, as always, the biggest highlight is the buzzing atmosphere and seeing people enjoy themselves.”

If the lineup is anything to go by, this year is certain to create a buzz amongst the crowd as the blues event showcases the best of blues from the United States, the Netherlands, Ireland and our own homegrown talent.  

The highlight of the festival is, without doubt, the popular Blues Cruise.  Music fans are in for something special as they embark on an outing around England’s largest Lake.  What a treat to be surrounded by the majestic Fells while they take in the soulful lyrics and blues of Sean Webster.  Sean is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with a great reputation on the British and European blues and rock scene.

The highlights for the festival include US Blues Stars ‘The Billy Walton Band’ who will be travelling from the shores of New Jersey to lakeside at Windermere. They come complete with horn section and the audience can expect to be taken on a journey covering all that’s great about the American rock and blues landscape.


With his guitar, Billy will shuffle off to Chicago…we’ll pick up the horns in Detroit and make our way down to New Orleans for some gumbo. Hurricane Billy will then whisk you up the coast and roll the dice in Atlantic City before landing in Asbury Park.

Rev Doc will also be a feature as he lives in Ireland and this will be a welcome return to England for the first time in ten years with his band Rev Doc and the Flying Squad.

‘The Stumble’ and ‘Catfish’ are back by popular demand, with support from ‘Northsyde’ and our own Cumbrian band ‘Five and Dangerous’.  Storrs Hall Hotel is taking part again with its namesake New Orleans style pianist, Dale Storr making use of their own baby grand piano.

Connie Lush, one of the finest Blues singers in the UK today will headline at the Wheelhouse.

Other acts include modern troubadour Sean Taylor, Mat Walklate and Alex Haynes duo, Mike Ross Band, Dean Newton Trio, from the Jar family L.J.Darley, Blank Canvas, Bullfrog, Soulway, Jackson Rox, Samuel Bolton and Bowness Bay Blues would not be the same without The Elderly Brothers who have given their services free for the past eight years.

What makes this festival different is the stunning Lake District location and strong community connection.  Each year funds raised from ticket sales and sponsorship are donated to two chosen charities and this year those are the Alzheimer’s Society and the MS Society.

For further information or to buy tickets please visit, join the conversation on Twitter @BownessBayBlues or find them on Facebook at

Tickets Prices

Weekend £70, Weekend with cruise £95, Cruise £27.50, Friday £20, Saturday £35, Sunday £30


Mat Walklate & Alex Haynes,Lake District Boat Club, 3 – 5pm

Rev Doc & The Flying Squad, Lake District Boat Club, 6 – 8pm

Blank Canvas, Wheelhouse, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Five and Dangerous, Wheelhouse, 8 – 9.30pm

The Billy Walton Band, Wheelhouse, 10 – 11.30pm


Elderly Brothers, Lake District Boat Club, 12.00 – 2 pm

Dean Newton, Quayside Bar, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Soulway, Beresford’s, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Bullfrog, Lamplighter, 1.30 – 2.30pm

Mike Ross Band, Lake View Garden Bar, 2 – 4pm

Jackson Rox, Beresford’s, 2.30 – 5pm

Samuel Boulton, Lamplighter, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Sean Webster, Steamer (Pier 1), boarding 4.45pm, 5 – 7pm

Dale Storr, Storrs Hall Hotel, 5.30 – 7pm

Rev Doc & The Flying Squad, Lake District Boat Club, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Northsyde,Wheelhouse, 8 – 9.30pm

Connie Lush, Wheelhouse, 10 – 11.30pm


Sean Taylor, Lake View Garden Bar, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Catfish,Wheelhouse, 2 – 3.30pm

Elderly Brothers, Hole in t’Wall, 2.30 – 4.30pm

The Stumble, Wheelhouse, 4 – 6pm

Dean Newton Trio, Lake District Boat Club, 5.30 – 7.30pm

L J Darley, Hole in t’Wall, 7 – 9pm

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