GIG NEWS: Blues Train Weekender – The Railway Inn, Marsden – 16th/17th September 2023

Sunday Blues Train have been running a series of Sunday blues gigs for some time now. Now they’re taking it up a notch with their first weekender. And one of the acts won this year's UK Blues Awards - the one and only Trevor Babajack Steger


The weekender brings a stellar line-up to the very welcoming Railway Inn in the Colne Valley’s Marsden. And best of all, this will cost precisely none of your British pounds. Yep, a whole weekend of free music.

Every act will play a 45 minute set twice during the afternoons.


16th September line-up

1pm to 11pm

Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience

Acclaimed singer Pat Fulgoni fronts this top notch 5 piece blues band already with European blues festival dates under their belts and equally at home in UK clubs, venues and festivals. Over at SXSW in Texas, Billboard Magazine once declared “Pat Fulgoni could sing a pearl from its oyster”.

Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience features talented musicians from the Leeds scene including Jacob Beckwith on guitar, Rory Wells on bass, Sam Bolt on keys and Zebedee Sylvester on drums.

Pat has sung across many styles including Huddersfield’s Kava Kava and major dance floor collaborations with the likes of festival headlining acts Camo & Krooked, Zion Train, Technimatic, London Elektricity and Murdock. But it’s truly magical when he sings the blues especially when backed by the stunning musicianship of this band.

Steve Augarde

A regular at the Marsden Jazz Festival over the last 30 years, both as a solo performer and with popular bands The Gents, and Coolhands. Veteran double bass player and guitarist Steve Augarde brings a unique mixture of styles and material to the gig. Expect anything from Taj Mahal to Commander Cody to Duke Ellington.

20ft Squid Blues Band

The 20ft Squid Blues Band are a Sheffield band playing upbeat, irreverent blues. They combine elements of the 1950’s Chicago style with some of the more wayward aspects of 1960’s blues explosion. They mix in self penned songs with numbers made famous by the likes of Howling Wolf and Little Walter and throw in some by artists not so obviously from the blues tradition such as Tom Waits and Prince. This is fast paced, vibrant blues with eye-popping harmonica, thundering bass, intricate beats, choice guitar and a lot of feel.

17th September

1pm to 10pm

Trevor Babajack (British Blues Awards Winner 2023 – Best Acoustic Act)

Trevor Babajack Steger is a British blues musician. He is best known for his work with his former band Babajack, and his subsequent solo career. To date, Steger has released three solo albums, one live album and been nominated for numerous British Blues Awards, winning Best Acoustic Act in 2023.

His music is influenced by his acquired passion for early rural Blues, mixed with the sounds of rhythmic African roots, in what can only be described as his own genre of original and seemingly improvised music, that makes him a thrilling and unique artist. His travels have taken him the length of the UK and across Europe, headlining Blues and Roots festivals and from little French cafés to The Royal Albert Hall.

Hayley Gaftarnick

Hayley Gaftarnick, is an independent singer/song-writer from Leeds. Her husky and powerful voice tells honest and frank stories of a road well travelled. Whilst being inspired by some of the great names of soul and blues, such as Otis Reading, Donny Hathaway, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Gaftarnick manages to create a sound that is both familiar and yet truly unique.

Flock of 3

“Flock of 3 are a funky. rocky, bluesy power trio from Huddersfield. We sometimes think of ourselves as a ‘bakers trio’ and flirt with keyboards! We play a variation of styles of music including songs from the following artists: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robben Ford, John Mayer, Robin Trower, Cream, Hendrix, Bill Withers, Ray Charles, Chris Duarte, Allman Bros, BB, and plenty of others”

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