Saturday, September 7th, the city center of Wijk will be completely upside down again during the annual festival ColorRichinWijk. BluesinWijk has been a regular guest there for years, with the blues stage on the terrace of pub de Veldpoort. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary the Wijk bluesclub will present two spectacular acts. At 14.00 o’clock there will be a great workshop in harmonica and from 16.00 o’clock an American blues rock show of top level. An afternoon to lick your fingers. Free admission.
A new Wijks record for harmonica?
BluesinWijk has organized workshops on harmonica before, with great success. Over 250 people enjoyed it. The maximum number of participants at the workshops in 2011 and 2012 in café Ome Ko was around 70. It would of course be great to improve on that number. A new Wijks record perhaps? Blues musician Benjamin Streuper from Arnhem is the workshop leader and teacher. He is all about the harmonica and connecting people through music. No experience is needed to participate. The harmonica has a very clever and simple system for learning and remembering songs. It is the only instrument in the world that you play by breathing in and out alternately. You can take your little harmonica everywhere you go and once you get the hang of it, the world of playing pleasure opens up for you. This year, you can participate in a grand harmonica workshop. For the first 75 participants, BluesinWijk offered a free blues harp. There was a lot of interest for this and they are all taken by now. However, at the Veldpoort there are still plenty of harmonicas available which you can buy for € 7,50 to participate. Of course you can also bring your own harmonica from home. There are no further registration costs. www.benjaminharmonica.com
Ryan McGarvey – an absolute must for lovers of the better blues and blues rock.
From 16.00 to 18.00 hours, American guitar talent Ryan McGarvey and his band will give a two-hour smashing performance. In 2010, Eric Clapton selected him from over 4,000 artists worldwide to come and play at his Crossroads Guitar Festival. After this ‘discovery’ he became a rising star and won several awards, such as ‘Best New Talent’ in 2013 by Guitar Read Magazine’s and winner of ‘Best Guitarist’ at the 2014 European Blues Awards. In 2011 Europe got to know him live for the first time in Groesbeek, the Netherlands. After a phenomenal performance he left a room full of Dutch blues connoisseurs breathless and a few months later he made a big impression at the blues pub tour in theatre Calypso. Also in 2014 he was a guest at Kasteel Duurstede in an acoustic set. Since then, he has toured Europe a couple of times each year and invariably attracts full audiences everywhere. In August he will first play for a week together with the crème de la crème from the European and American blues scene during a Blues Cruise on the Mediterranean and on September 7 at the Veldpoort in Wijk. Ryan McGarvey gitar and vocals, Artha Meadors bass and Logan Miles Nix drums. www.ryanmcgarvey.com
Photos Walter Vanheuckelom
Photo Willem vd Kraats