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Below is a list of artists confirmed for the 2017 Durban International Blues Festival. Click on the name of the artist to get more info about them.


Charlie Love

Charlie Love, born on the South side of Chicago in 1956, was introduced to the blues by his mother and father at an early age and quickly fell under it’s spell. His father often played the harmonica while Charlie and his mother would dance and sing along to the sounds of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and B.B. King… read more


Dan Patlansky

Never far from likeminded genius, guitarist, singer/songwriter and globally respected purveyor of the blues, DAN PATLANSKY sidles into his second successive decade as one of the world’s finest  blues-based storytellers of his generation… read more



The Black Cat Bones

The Black Cat Bones is a South African rock band formed in Silverton, Pretoria in 2007. The group consists of members Kobus de Kock jr (vocals) and Andre Kriel (guitars) with Chris vd Walt (bass), Gareth Bunge (Drums) and is considered to be one of the current top performing acts in South Africa… read more



Rusty Red Trio

“If it makes you feel blue when you listen to it then it’s not the blues. The blues is supposed to make you feel better. It’s about getting the bad things out of your system in a way that puts a big smile on your face.”… read more




Llewelyn Chetty

Llewelyn, born and bred in Durban, is one of the city’s finest young up and coming talents.

He is a former student of the UKZN school of music and is currently becoming one of Durban’s most sought after session musicians… read more



Cinammon Blue

Cinammon Blue is a seasoned ensemble of musicians that are all stand alone musicians at their own right. This is their second appearance at the Blues festival following a successful performance in 2015. For this performance Percy Smith and Pinkie Mtshali will be the leading vocalists supported by… read more



Calli Thomson

Calli Thomson graduated from UCT specializing in classical piano and jazz and has made her mark in the entertainment world in everything from cabaret, musicals and children’s theatre to jazz, rock, dance and blues…. read more




Andy Turrell

My first professional experience with music was ‘The Guitar that rocked the world’ theatre show. I met Rowan Stuart in that show and joined his band on drums. I played in ‘Cynosure’ with Rowan for three years, winning several battles of the bands, most notably the East Coast Radio battle of the bands…. read more




Gerald Clark

Gerald Clark is an accomplished South African musician recognised for his extraordinary ability to tell a story with his music. He is one of SA’s top musicians – a singer and songwriter famous for his voice that can get down to the soul and honesty that consists within the blues. But Gerald isn’t just a bluesman, his original approach towards music gave life to the… read more



Bobby and the Dynamites

Bobby and the Dynamites are a Durban Blues and Southern Rock band that has been around for many years playing around KZN at festivals ( Splashy Fen, Southern Cross- back in the day, Durban International Blues Festival, Freedom Day festivals and more) as well as … read more




Alchemy  is another formidable blues band which hails from Durban  and boasts some of the best blues musicians around. At the center of  this tight ensemble is John Chamier –no stranger to  the live performance stage and  the Durban music scene… read more



The Smoke and Liquid Band

The Smoke and Liquid Band,Features Roland on Bass, Craig Mackinnon on Harmonica, Luca ‘Liquid’ Stadtler Vocals and electric and Nico ‘Smoke’ Lawrence, vocals and electric. The band covers of … read more



The Mavericks Blues Band

The Mavericks Blues Band is well known on the Durban Blues Circuit. This tight three man band will bring you blues – some old, some new, as they form the third band in this year’s Glenwood Village  Music  Fender Concert… read more