Marsden is going to get the blues …big style.

For the village’s Railway pub will now feature blues music every Sunday afternoon after it was recently taken over by singer and music lover Kate Ward.

Called the Sunday Blues Train – the pub is directly opposite the railway station and will run from 4pm starting from Sunday May 7.

It’s organised in partnership with Huddersfield Blues Club and the first event features York band DC Blues who have recently played at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness.

Two band members, Paul Winn and Ben Darwin, are multi award nominated Blues Radio broadcasters who also organise York Blues Festival.

Sunday, May 14, features the Dana Ali Band featuring the American soul blues singer who came from Atlanta to live in Huddersfield and bass player Dave Hewitt who used to be in rock band Babe Ruth.

Sunday, May 21, will see local funky, rocky, Huddersfield blues band Flock Of Three playing a variation of styles including songs from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robben Ford, John Mayer, Robin Trower, Cream, Hendrix, Bill Withers, Ray Charles, Chris Duarte, Allman Bros and BB King.

On Sunday, May 28, it will be Huddersfield’s Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience. Blues magazine Blues Matters said of Pat: “I was completely blown away because he can sing, I mean, really sing. Ridiculously well.”

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Huddersfield Blues Club holds monthly events at Smile Bar on Wakefield Road in Aspley right next to Huddersfield town centre.

Thursday, May 11, features Sheffield’s 20ft Squid Blues Band playing upbeat, irreverent blues combining elements of the 1950s Chicago style with some of the more wayward aspects of 1960s blues explosion. It’s fast paced, vibrant blues with eye-popping harmonica, thundering bass, intricate beats and choice guitar.

In support will be Michael Dave who was raised in California and has played acoustic and electric guitar around the world with well-known musicians for many years.

Thursday, June 8, features raw, rootsy blues from Dust Radio who keep their sound stripped-back and authentic. Heavily influenced by the blues masters of the past, there are traces of Americana and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll in their music.

The support act is 70-year-old Gary Grainger, known for his award-winning Blues Show on Bishop FM, and now back out playing live with his mix of blues, West Coast and cowboy music.

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  • Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.