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February 21, 2006

Canadian Blues Guitarist Plays UK Festival

Written by
cindy mcleod

The Sixth Swanage Blues Festival takes place in the UK March 3, 4 & 5th. Headliners include Pete Saunders’ Fat Tuesday Band, Sonny Black, Cal Batchelor Band, The Mustangs, The Guv’nors, Robert Hokum Band, Hightown Crows, Roland Chadwick, John Crampton, Hollow Bone, and The Jives. The event features multiple evening and an afternoon of performances by some of the finest in blues.

Canadian guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Cal Batchelor joins the impressive list of headliners for this year’s festival. Batchelor, who moved to England in 1969 to form Quiver, opened for The Who on tour, and went on to open for Mark Bolan and Pink Floyd. After two albums Cal left to form 747 with Archie Leggett, Henry Crallan, and Freddie Smith. They joined with Kevin Ayers for a while, and then Cal joined Long John Baldry, touring with The Faces. In 1977 Cal formed Kicks with two members of Hawkwind and an ex-Vinegar Joe member Steve York, before joining Ronnie Lane’s band in the 1980s and then returning to Canada.

Batchelor has a long list of recording credits including Kevin Ayers, Sam Mitchell, Mike Oldfield, Steve Nye, Rupert Hine, Lol Coxhill, Nico, Doris Troy, Cochise, Tim Renwick, Curtiss Muldoon, Tony Ashton, Richard Thompson, Al Stewart, Brinsley Schwarz, Ronnie Lane, Steve Simpson, Jimmy Jewell, Henry McCullough, Chrissy Stewart, Graham Lyle, Hughie Flint, Benny Gallagher, Mick Green and Eric Clapton.

For more information visit http://www.swanage-blues.org

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