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Changes to Opening Concert

STOP PRESS  Dereham Blues Festival are announcing the following :  "Blues followers have known for some time that the extraordinarily gifted lead singer and guitarist of the blues/rock band Catfish, Matt Long, has been battling an aggressive cancer. Despite prolonged treatment, Matt's cancer has spread.  Catfish are booked to open this year's Dereham Blues Festival on Wednesday 10th July, but have now asked to be released, so that Matt can concentrate on his health. We are so sorry to hear this, and have of course agreed to the request. Matt and his family and the band are very much in our thoughts, and we are sending them our very best wishes."

Tim Cara from Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall, which hosts the concert on behalf of the Dereham Blues Festival, said, "We are very fortunate to have been able to book the fabulous James Oliver Band to open the Blues Festival on a rare free night for them. James is a powerhouse guitarist with a burgeoning reputation, and the band's line-up features the veteran Norman Watts-Roy on bass. Norman was an integral part of the Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Wilko Johnson bands in the 1980s, at the peak of their fame."

The concert, which is headlined by the Young Blues Musician of the Year, Toby Lee, has sold all its tickets, and promised to be a great musical event.

If this news raises issues for any ticketholders, please text 07432 091044. 

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