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Gala gets the blues for return of popular festival

Gala gets the blues for return of popular festival
Music legend Wilko Johnson is set to perform at a popular blues North East festival next month.
The former Dr Feelgood guitarist stepped in to headline Durham Blues at Gala Theatre, Durham on Saturday, 21 June after original booking, Walter Trout, was forced to cancel due to illness.
Now in its fourth year, the annual event features 12 acts performing during one great day of the best in blues music.
Widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s greatest rock guitarists, Wilko studied English at Newcastle University before going travelling.
He was lured into music when he bought his first Fender Telecaster from a music store in Southend and it was not long before he became known as the strutting, grimacing powerhouse behind Dr Feelgood frontman Lee Brilleaux.
Wilko is also a poet, a painter, an astronomer and even an actor, recently finding fame in Game Of Thrones.
The 66-year-old says he has never felt more “vividly alive” since being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He has refused chemotherapy treatment so that he has the strength to complete a ‘farewell tour’.
He recently teamed up with the Who’s Roger Daltrey to produce a new album released last month. Going Back Home features 10 Johnson originals, from both his solo career and his days with Dr Feelgood and Solid Senders, plus a cover of Bob Dylan’s Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window.
Also playing on the main stage during Durham Blues Festival are Royal Southern Brotherhood, Stevie Nimmo Trio, Jo Harman and Company, The Spellkasters and Laurence Jones.
Lined up to perform on the acoustic stage are Del Bromham, Rita Payne, Innes Sibun, Matt Woosey, Dove and Boweevil and Big Joe Bone.
The festival runs from 3pm to 11pm.
Tickets are £27 in advance or £30 on the day.  To book, visit Gala box office, call 03000 266 600 or go online at

From Durham County Council Council Press Releases
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