xvii santa maria blues festival
Great bands and great concerts waiting for you.
Do not miss three memorable days in the “Capital of the Blues in Portugal.”®
15 de julho
Boots Reunion is a state of mind, it’s camaraderie between musicians/friends and it’s respect for the Blues.
It’s also a trip inside other musical styles, with “bluesy” elements, like Funk and Soul and it’s also a trip through time, from the “roots” of Delta Blues to the most current scenario, drinking influences from artists like the three famous Kings, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and their contemporaries Gary Clark Jr, Doyle Bramhall II and Philip Sayce.
João Alves (vocals and guitar) and Tiago Franco (guitar), creators of the project in 2015, have been joined by Clemente Almeida (bass) and Paulo Fonseca (drums) since 2016.
It is in this format that this Azorean/Micaelan project has played and received positive feedback for their “energetic performances and heartfelt ballads, gaining fans with each concert.
In recent years they have expanded their work across the continent, namely in Lisbon, and have in mind to record their originals as soon as the world calms down.
Vítor Bacalhau is currently one of the biggest names in the Blues/Rock scene, in Portugal. The talented singer, guitarist and songwriter began his career in music with only 15 years old, and in 2010 he moved to London, where after numerous musical and personal experiences it became clear what path he would follow.
With already 4 albums released, acclaimed by critics and peers and numerous concerts in most national blues festivals and also in some international festivals in countries like Belgium, Norway, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain. I Am Leaving, the artist’s latest work, is an album where the rootsy and bluesy sounds are explored more than ever.
Acting Live, he performs in a Power Trio format where the guitar, the voice, and the artist’s songs take center stage.
16 de julho
CHINO & THE BIG BET
Chino is a multifaceted artist and prominent on the Barcelona music scene, not going unnoticed on any stage. He is a soloist, composer, arranger and a showman. His Slide guitar technique and his live charisma on stage took him to venues and festivals across all Europe and the United States, with undisputed success in every performance.
Born in Argentina and living in Barcelona since 2001, he has become one of the local artists with the largest international project.
The Blues has always been and will be his first love, but in recent years he has made incursions into styles such as gypsy jazz, tango, bolero, flamenco and South American folk music, always with a “resophonic” guitar as the protagonist.
Grainne Duffy, is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Ireland. Her specific genres include Soul, Blues and Americana enriched with some country and pop elements. Duffy is known for her exceptional voice inspired by the wellsprings of Memphis but it also reflects the rich undercurrents of her Irish Celtic roots.
One of her trademarks is her poetically crafted lyrics and her enigmatic stage presence.
2008 saw Duffy play 3 days at the Acoustic stage at the world renowned Glastonbury Festival. In 2009 she was approached by BBC to record a version of the Oleta Adams song ‘Get Here’ for a TV promotion campaign. It was recorded at the prestigious George Martin’s Air Studios in London. In March 2018, Spotify listed Duffy as in the Top 50 Women Honouring Blues.
DJ WISE GUY
His passion for music was born at the turn of the millennium and, since then, he has become an experienced and flexible DJ, having already performed in several festivals and clubs, from north to south of the country.
At Santa Maria Blues, he will present his selection of rock from the 80s, mixed with different musical aspects.
17 de julho
Shanna Waterstown was born in the Deep South in Florida USA. She grew up singing Gospel in a small Baptist church. Her youth was tailored by many rich and different styles of music, and inspired her first creations and compositions.
She has performed and toured all over USA and Europe rising in her career as a major American artist.
She has had the privilege of opening for James Brown, Buddy Guy, Louisiana Red, Mud Morganfield and Maceo Parker just to name a few.
The very masculine world of Blues is accepting and presenting her as a real “Blues Woman”.
Shanna is well on her way (as one of the youngest Blues women of our decade) to conquering all the Blues fans in Europe and the US.She has successfully constructed an incredibly talented and powerful blues band of international musicians to present her songs and live show on stage. Let yourselves be taken by a warm, sensual, powerful and authentic voice that is born in the Blues.
Surely she is… Shanna Waterstown.
21st Century Blues!
This is the slogan for five talented musicians, all of whom belong to the youngest generation of this legendary style. This band of prodigy has much more to offer than just fancy suits and overly pomaded hair. They know their craft, studied the old bluesmen’s skills and learned first- hand from their predecessors.
All of this is thrillingly demonstrated with their innovative approach of this tradition in a new, modern and still origin-conscious embodiment, distinguishing themselves from the long- exhausted habit to lethargically reproduce and copy the old standards.
DJ SÉRGIO FIGUEIREDO
His passion for music turned him into a Dj for festivals and theme parties.
A confessing lover of the Blues / Rock, he brings back the great classics of the past, which can hardly be found today in the Azorean night, taking on the fascination with the remix of electronic music.
He carries all this positive energy to the BIG public.