Blues Cruise to Amsterdam
Friday 2nd November 2018 from £101pp.
Following the success of the past three years the International Blues Cruise is back featuring the very best of the blues scene. Our incredible line-up is already taking shape with some big announcements still to be made. With two nights of great blues music on board plus an exclusive gig in Amsterdam this is a Blues Cruise not to be missed.
Entertainment line-up on the Blues Cruise
Sam Kelly's Station House – Sam Kelly’s Station House is a ‘groove’ band with dancing very much in mind. This blues band mix instinctive funk/soul rhythms with the diversity of the blue genre. The perfect house band for our Blues Cruise as this group really have form. It takes an outstanding musician to win the ‘UK Blues Drummer of the Year Award’ for five successive years but that’s just what Sam Kelly did before he was inducted into ‘The Gallery of Greats’ (to give other drummers a chance!)
Rowena Poole – Makes the band a six-piece sensation. Her incredible vocals are definitely something that is not to be missed.
Lightnin’ Willie & the Poor Boys (USA) - Texas-born, California-based guitarist, writer and vocalist ‘Lightnin’ Willie’ is no stranger to UK audiences. He has played headline gigs at Worthenbury Blues Festival, Edinburgh Blues Festival, Stanley Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, and the Royal Albert Hall to name a few.
Inspired by the guitar playing of BB King, T-Bone Walker and Albert King, Lightnin' Willie has a distinctive approach to his music. He is a songwriter, singer and guitarist in that order. The sound is an irresistible blend of tradition and spontaneous creativity, with an emphasis on the groove. It is a compelling, hard swinging brand of blues that, whenever he performs, packs the floor-his audience can't help but dance. He has recently completed a long tour of the USA supporting Robert Cray and has released a new album – ‘No Black No White – Just Blues’
Sean Webster Band (Amsterdam) – For those attending our land based gig the Sean Webster Band are a superb set of musicians who manage to successfully bridge the gap between blues and high quality album oriented rock. This leave your heart at the door group deliver bluesy soulfulness with both conviction and great musicianship.
Little Steve - outward crossing from Hull only
Dutch musician Steven van der Nat will need no introduction to ‘Blues Revue regulars’. For some, the highlight of the 2015 P&O International Blues Cruise didn’t happen at sea at all but in a specially arranged gig in a tiny bar in one of Amsterdam’s cobbled back-streets. It was there that Little Steve and the Big Beat first entered the lives of a small, but quickly besotted, group of UK blues fans. Performing again at our 2016 Blues Cruise. For many it was Little Steve who stole the show that night with Otis Rush’s classic ‘Double Trouble’ that brought a lengthy standing ovation after an extended, yet restrained, guitar solo. He is a student of the blues but a master of his instrument – his virtuoso guitar playing has echoes of a young BB King.
Tom Attah - Tom is another firm favourite of the ‘Blues Cruise community’. From performing the opening number on our first Blues Cruise (2015) to his high-energy contribution to the final ‘jam’ on our most recent (2017) he has been a charismatic presence.
As a guitarist and singer, Tom performs solo, with an acoustic duo and as part of an electric band. Tom’s solo acoustic work includes his own original Blues compositions and has led to performances at major music festivals around Europe, including major stages at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, and Blues Autour Du Zinc.
In addition to being a gigging musician, ‘Dr. Tom’ is Course Leader for BMus Popular Music Performance at Leeds Arts University. His Ph.D. was awarded by University of Salford. His research interests include the effects of technology on popular music.
Julia Titus AKA ‘Ma Bessie’ - Julia Titus is an actress, poet, singer and songwriter born in the UK and has been performing since childhood as a blues, jazz and reggae backing singer and lead vocalist and has acted in many plays.
Through her performance as ‘Ma Bessie’ she will share her love of the music of Bessie Smith and contemporaries.
Bessie was an American singer known as the Empress of the Blues who was the most popular female singer in the genre of the 1920s and 1930s. She sold, for example, 780,000 copies of "Downhearted Blues in 1923. She’s remembered for hits such as ‘St Louis Blues’ and ‘Nobody Knows You When you’re Down and Out’.
Teed Up - If you like your blues funky, rocking, swinging, slow and emotionally-charged played across a mix of reworked classics and originals then you are sure to love this band. A guitar/hammond driven 4-piece delivered with superb musicianship.
Ben Tyzack and Guy Tortora (USA) - Ben Tyzack is well known as lead singer and guitarist with the Spikedrivers, while Guy Tortora has been playing on the blues scene with his own band and solo for many years.
Things to do in Amsterdam
You will have time to explore the cobbled streets and culture of Amsterdam – a wonderful city that is perfect for making some new memories. Plan your trip in advance and book the attractions you want to visit to save time on the day.
What's Included ?
- Two nights of live blues music
- Amsterdam gig
- 2 Nights on-board accommodation with en-suite cabin
- Return sailing from Hull-Europoort
- Return coach transfers to Amsterdam
|15:00||Check-in opens at Passenger Terminal 1 (Hull)|
|16:30||Boarding commences for footpassengers & vehicles|
|19:00||Last check in|
|20:30||Ship departs Hull for overnight cruise to Europoort (the port of Rotterdam)|
|08:15||Arrive in Europoort. (9:00 Sat/Sun)(Coach transfer to your destination varies between 45 min - 90 min)|
|17:00||Last coach departs from your destination for transfer back to the port (Europort)|
|18:30||Check-in and board ship|
|20:30||Ship departs Europoort for another entertainment filled overnight cruise back to Hull. 21:00 on Saturdays and Sundays|
|07:30||Arrival in Hull. 8am on Saturdays and Sundays.|