Capel Spring Blues Festival – Day 2: The British Bluescasting Corporation


The BBC. Four top players with one aim – to bring you great toe-tapping, foot-stomping Rhythm and Blues. They’ll be playing tracks from their newly released (at last) album ‘High Horse’.

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Meet The Band.

Bob Cranham, Guitar
Bob has often been mistaken for a guitarist. In the past artists like Five Star, John Denver, The Nolans, Michael Nyman, Newton Faulkner, The BBC (the other BBC), the National Theatre and many others, both in the U.K. and around the world, have fallen into this trap. When not masquerading as a musician, Bob has produced over 50 albums for artists from all genres and also offers an Artist Development Programme for those aspiring to a career in the music industry which to date has generated at least three No. 1 albums and no less than six Top Five tracks on the iTunes Rock Chart including TWO No.1’s! There appears to be no end to this man’s limitations.

Dave Williamson, Bass
A native of Aberdeen, once Dave moved south and learned to speak The Queen’s English, his career took off. Over the years he has worked with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of rock, pop and soul bands and artists, including Midge Ure, Beverley Knight, Emma Bunton, Ronan Keating, Heatwave, Katrina and the Waves, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Diamond Head, Maggie Reilly, Russell Watson, Errol Brown, Junior Giscombe, Lisa Stansfield, Dina Carroll and Leo Sayer, as well as many more in the ‘Who’s That?’ category.

Ben Keen, Guitar
“An accomplished guitar……….owner and described by Bob as the second best guitarist in the band, Ben has a strong track record of availability, is taller than average and generally punctual”.

Barry Cook, Drums
Known in the business as ‘One of the better cheaper players’ Barry has managed to make a living from playing the drums for over 40 years. He started his professional career playing in MECCA Ballrooms where he first met the very talented Bob Cranham. (Added by the editor). He has also worked on numerous TV Shows and 17 West End Musicals, his last show was 5 Guys Named Moe for Cameron Mackintosh in 2018 (Cameron has not contacted him since). He has also toured Europe, USA and Australia with the ABBA Tribute Band Bjorn Again and more recently 10 tours with Strictly Star, Brendan Cole finishing the day before the first Lockdown in 2020. To this day, he is still mystified how he’s managed to get away with it.

Event Details

Date: 20 March 2022

Start time: 15:00

Venue: Capel Memorial Hall