Blues man Lamb bringing his Snakes to Lune Valley festival

Paul Lamb
Paul Lamb

A world renowned London based blues band will headline this year’s Lunesdale Music Festival in Arkholme.

Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes will perform at the second festival organised by Lunesdale Music, with support coming from Molly Warburton, Manakin Birds, Ukulele Jukebox, The Swarm and Black Cat.

Bandleader and harmonica player Paul Lamb has had a career spanning 40 years, and he was recently inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.

He formed the Blues Burglars with guitarist Johnny Whitehill in the early 1980s, a formation that eventually became Paul Lamb & the King Snakes. They released an eponymous album with Ace Records in 1990, followed by several others.

He was awarded with the British Blues Connection’s annual award for the best
local harmonica player several years in a row whilst the King Snakes frequently took the 
title as best band.

Blues & Rhythm magazine described his band as “lazily cocksure and coolly aggressive”. The other members of the band are Chad Strentz on vocals and rhythm guitar, Ryan Lamb on lead guitar, Rod Demick on bass and backing vocals, and Dino Coccia on drums.

The all-day event at Arkholme Village Hall, near Kirkby Lonsdale, on Saturday, September 19, will also feature entertainment from TurnAround Dance Theatre with Live Circus and dance workshops. Paul Lamb will also be giving a master class in harmonica playing on the night.

Manakin Birds will perform an “contemporary Appalachian flat-footing” show, while open mic acts have been booked alongside the other bands in the afternoon.

Organisers said the festival would be a great day for all the family with attractions and food stalls.

Tickets are £17.50 per person in advance, and £20 on the door (children up to 14 admitted free) and are available via Chris on 07519 281 305 or Adrian on 07557 130 837.