The ‘Man of Kent Real Ale House’, Rochester will host a Folk and Blues music stage at the Medway Festival of Steam & Transport taking place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Easter Sunday and Monday, 8th & 9th April.

On Easter Sunday the stage will feature ‘Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs’ with their unique blend of skiffle; ‘Los Salvadores’ perform traditional folk and ‘Tener Duende’ provide Spanish Soul. The following day will see ‘King Size Slim’ perform the unique sound of fat roots boogie, ‘Green Diesel’ play folk, rock, roots music and ‘The Chimney Boys’ provide dark gypsy folk. Other acts include ‘Night Shift’, ‘Rosie and Dave’ and ‘Dave’s Mate’.

‘Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs’ are one of the most unique musical acts on the circuit today. Covering a wide range of music from genuine 1950’s skiffle this band appeal to a wide range of ages and tastes.

‘Los Salvadores’ are a Kent-based quartet combining traditional folk music with a wide range of orchestral and world influences to create a multilayered blend of melody and rhythm. Many of their songs draw on their home county’s rich history and folklore, providing a modern soundtrack to traditional tales.

‘Tener Duende’ are a three piece acoustic ensemble comprising guitar, bass and the cajon, all from the south coast of England. Their name draws inspiration from the fire and soul that is Flamenco. Their musical influences suggest the West coast of America, Eastern Europe and the Hot Club of France but the band’s music retains a distinctive English quality.

‘King Size Slim’ is Toby Barelli – an explosive roots and blues guitarist moulding traditional standards and soring own compositions with explosive musicianship and a unique vocal attack. Fat Roots Boogie is a fat boogie style and sound delivered live and direct.

‘Green Diesel’ have been building up a keen following on the Kent folk circuit since 2008 with their high energy live show drawing admiration from the likes of Circus Envy and the Hi and Lo. The band draws heavily on their Kentish heritage, with several songs dealing with stories from the county.

‘The Chimney Boys’ are six musicians from Canterbury who enjoy pretending to be Dickensian street urchins, widely recognised as the finest Maritime Cabaret band in East Kent. Since forming in 2007 as one team in a busking competition they won they have played their own combination of dark folk and cabaret music

With additional music from ‘Night Shift’, Rosie and Dave’ and ‘Dave’s Mate’ entertaining the morning queues, visitors are in for a musical treat from the moment they arrive!

Adjacent to The Man of Kent Folk and Blues stage will be a real Ale Bar with local ales, bitters and Kentish ciders.

In addition to the live music a Steampunk village, an Airfix ‘make and take’ activity and The Modelling Zone are just some of the new attractions joining the assortment of specialist vehicles that visitors have come to know and love over the years at The Medway Festival of Steam & Transport, which this year has a railway theme, to celebrate the special 10th anniversary year.

With hundreds of vehicles on display including traction engines, classic and vintage cars and motorbikes, emergency services, commercial and military vehicles, buses and coaches it is easy to see why the Medway Festival of Steam and Transport event is a firm favourite in the calendar for all age groups, whether transport enthusiasts, families looking for a fun day out at Easter or followers of Folk and Blues.

For further details, event admission prices and to purchase tickets on line visit http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/steamandtransport

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