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Julian Piper Memorial Festival
An all day festival of Blues & Roots to celebrate and remember the extraordinary life of Topsham born British blues guitarist, writer, promoter and record producer Julian Piper. Full line up and stage times TBA. All proceeds after costs donated to Delta Blues Foundation, Clarksdale, MS.
Described in The Guardian as ‘one of the UK’s foremost champions of African-American blues‘, Julian not only played alongside leading US blues musicians but produced, recorded, toured with and promoted their concerts in the UK and Europe. Often bringing these acts to the South West with his band Junkyard Angels, some of these names included Phil Guy, Eddie Kirkland, Tabby Thomas, Chris Thomas King, Carey & Lurrie Bell, Lazy Lester and Louisiana Red. Over the span of 4 decades Piper recorded & helped produce 11 albums – 2 of which winning a WC Handy Award.
Julian also promoted 100s of concerts over the years in Exeter including Peter Green, Robert Plant, Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin and Jonny Winter but also supported a vast array of new artists emanating from the UK & US covering Blues, Folk and Roots,
He presented a four-part documentary, Blues on the Bayou, on BBC Radio 3 in 1991, and published a book documenting his time in Baton Rouge, Blues from the Bayou in 2016. Writing for a number of publications including Guitarist Magazine and MOJO, over the years Julian interviewed the likes of BB KING, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Kings of Leon and The Black Keys.
Artists include: Adam Sweet, Ben Carr, Jeff ‘The Horse’ Horsey, Craig Milverton, The Delta Sound, The Loft Club, Ruby Cross, The Mockingbirds, Vince Lee, Jess McAllister.