More plans for Blues Festival

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ORGANISERS of the Bellrock Blues Musical Festival say their plans are still on track despite the loss of two venues.

The festival takes place on August 24, 25 and 26 at various venues around Arbroath.

However this year Coast and the Burns Bar will not be involved.

Another artist has been announced for the festival, who will be travelling from Newcastle to play.

Jim Murray, has three gigs at this year’s event, and is known for his accomplished and very enjoyable repertoire and vast experience in all types of venues.

He has been described as one of the UK’s most admired acoustic blues musicians and has been playing for not just years, but decades.

He is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest slide guitarists, is also a multi-instrumentalist, and plays both solo and as part of the legendary ‘Hokum Hotshots’.

The Bellrock Blues festival organisers say his gigs always guarantee an excellent and entertaining show, combining great tunes and good humour, with Jim playing Delta Blues, Ragtime, and Hawaiian.

However on a more sombre note, another Newcastle musical giant, Maggie Ross, is unable to bring ‘The Maggie Ross Band’ to the festival having very recently been diagnosed with terminal tumours.

Bellrock Blues Festival organisers say their thoughts are with her and her family.